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2011 Projects

JANUARY | FEBRUARY | MARCH | APRIL | MAY | JUNE | JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | DECEMBER




January 2011 Project January 2011

$2,500 was given to the Kilimanjaro Orphanage Center to fund the acquisition and installation of a solar hot water heater. The Center provides food, clothing, shelter, education, spiritual guidance and medical care to the residents of the facility as well as to other needy children in the community. About 30 children currently live at the center, many of whom lost their parents to AIDS and all of whom are in need of care from others. The heater we will be helping the Center buy will allow for hot showers for the children, help prevent skin diseases and infections, and facilitate proper cleaning of the orphanage. Read more.

Project update

For more information: www.kiliorphanage.com

Additional photos: 2011 Project Photos



February 2011 Project February 2011

$2,700 was given to Fundacion Entropika to provide potable water to an indigenous community in the Peruvian Amazon, specifically for 330 people in the Vista Alegre community. With last year’s incredibly dry season, communities close to the Amazon River lacked access to safe water and faced an alarming sanitary crisis, which exposed local people – especially children and the elderly – to water-borne diseases. We will fund installation of a tubwell system for pumping water from the Amazon; promote safe use of potable water; increase awareness of the dangers of contaminated water; raise awareness of hygiene and sanitation issues; and ensure safe water to the community. Read More.

For more information: www.entropika.org/en/

Additional photos: 2011 Project Photos



March 2011 Project March 2011

$2,600 was given to the Apostolic Carmel School in Sri Lanka to fund the annual salary of two teachers there. Children in Sri Lanka continue to suffer from a variety of significant daily stressors: family violence and internal strife, ongoing post-tsunami rebuilding, flooding, food insecurity, and the impacts of civil war. This small girls’ school serves just under 100 students. It came into existence in 1985 as a result of children not being well cared-for at home and lacking sufficient educational opportunities. About half of the girls are housed in modest dormitory facilities – these are students from “untenable” home situations. Read More.




April 2011 Project April 2011

$2,580 was given to Fundación Eudes to carry out their mobile health service program in Bogotá, Colombia for the next three months for advocacy and prevention of HIV/AIDS. Our grant enables women’s health exams (including HIV testing), dental services; legal and other support, and workshops in healthy lifestyles. Poverty, combined with lack of education, fragile living situations, and limited access to health services increases the risk of infection and exacerbates the social and psychological stigmas surrounding HIV/AIDS. Prevention and awareness-raising is left to private health companies, local departments and non-governmental organizations. Read more.

Additional photos: 2011 Project Photos



May 2011

$2,560 Was given to the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP) to support educational development and environmental stewardship in the rural areas of the northern highlands of Ethiopia. The schools that EWCP is targeting are situated far from towns and villages, high in the Simien Mountains, where resources are scarce and the children who attend school, walking through rain and wind across the desolate highlands, are seen as the lucky ones. We will enable the printing of 1,500 exercise books for children in ten target schools, design and print 50 teacher’s manuals, and enable the school nature clubs to manufacture efficient, low cost cooking stoves. Read more.

For more information: www.ethiopianwolf.org



June 2011 Project June 2011

$2,500 was given to Ninos con Valor to provide for the health care needs of 36 children living in two residential homes in Cochabamba, Bolivia: Corazón del Pastor and Pedacito de Cielo. We provide three months of healthcare, dental care, hygiene, and cleaning costs for both homes. The girls and young women served by our grant this month include those who have who have been orphaned, abandoned, or removed from high-risk home situations and require specialized residential care. They are living with special needs, including HIV/AIDS, health conditions, psychiatric or psychological disorders, and/or learning disabilities and may face discrimination. We enable direct health care, development of personal hygiene for children who may arrive undernourished and dirty, and a sanitary environment in which to thrive. Read more.




July 2011 Project July 2011

$2,500 was given to the Maun Homeopathy Project to enable Lebogang Sarwanyane to complete her training as a homeopath. Maun treats patients who are HIV positive, who suffered after violent rapes, who witnessed attacks on family members, who are ill and raising children on their own, who have had other complicating debilitations such as strokes, and who are pregnant and need to survive and ensure the survival of their children. In addition to meeting the urgent health needs of people in Botswana they also make their homeopathy service sustainable, run by and for local people. Read more.




August 2011 Project August 2011

$2,500 was given to ACODO (Assisting Cambodian Orphans and the Disabled Organization) to provide food rations to the more than sixty children at the orphanage. The Siem Reap river, which flows close to the orphanage, continued to rise after another round of heavy rains. The orphanage was fortified with sandbags but flooding was unavoidable. According to Hengchhea Chheav, Founder & President of ACODO, “The flood this year is worse than last year. The flood waters are very deep and it will last longer. We are desperately in need of food relief for our children. Please help us do fundraising for food relief.” The orphanage serves kids who came from the streets, who lived in fear, who witnessed and were subjected to violence, and who had nowhere else to turn. Read more.

For more information: www.acodo.org

Additional photos: 2011 Project Photos



September 2011 Project September 2011

$2,500 was given to Karen Jackson, a registered nurse, who was heading to Madiana village in The Gambia to help finish building a health clinic and stock it with supplies. Our grant was used to purchase corrugated iron sheets, nails, cement, sand, lumber, paint, water pipes, a toilet, beds, chairs, tables, solar panels, batteries and converters. Remaining funds were used for antibiotics, antifungal creams, vitamins, and antiparasitics. Transportation of materials was donated and labor undertaken by volunteers. Madiana is a village of approximately 5,000 people about 10 miles from the nearest clinic in a neighboring village, and 50 miles from a larger hospital in the capital Banjul. Donkey carts, bicycles, and for-hire bush taxis provide the only transportation. The dirt roads are nearly impassable during the rainy season, April to November, increasing the remoteness and access to health care. Our grant provided access to health services closer to home. Read more.

Project update

Additional photos: 2011 Project Photos



October 2011 Project October 2011

$2,500 was given to the Kinkizi Rural Development Initiative Trust in Bwindi in Mukono parish (Uganda) to purchase land for a community gardening project. This land will also include the space for construction of a store to sell vegetables, as well as a demonstration garden where budding farmers can learn sustainable gardening skills. The more available land, the more opportunities to grow vegetables to benefit the community. Read more.
Project update

Additional photos: 2011 Project Photos



November 2011

$2,500 was given to Wells Bring Hope to help fund the drilling of a well in Niger. In Niger, 52% of the entire population and 70% of rural villages lack access to clean water. Women and girls typically walk 4-6 miles per day to find water for their families. Mothers must enlist the help of their daughters for this difficult task. As a result, young girls don’t get an education. While the Niger government recognizes the serious need to provide safe water for its people, they can afford to drill only 10% of the 12,000 wells needed. Lack of access to potable water is the single most important factor for the high mortality rate among children there. One out of four children dies before the age of five, typically from diarrhea or other water-borne diseases. Read more.

For more information: www.wellsbringhope.org



December 2011

$2,380 was given to the SUUBI Community Development Initiative to help care for 20 orphans in need. Our grant helped the group pay for the school fees for these children, outfit them with school uniforms and casual wear including shoes, provide them with mattresses and bedding and blankets, and make sure they have necessary food to take them through the school terms. Butuntumula is a sub-county of the Luwero District in Uganda with approximately 35,000 people. People in the community travel miles to get access to moderately safe drinking water. The elderly, including those suffering from blindness and other debilitations, have to care for children who have lost their parents. Most orphaned children are unable to attend school and some have to work in local markets selling fish while simultaneously looking after their younger siblings. Read more.



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