Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Like Vanesa, I stopped the CUS sponsorship of Henry when I was not happy with where my money was going or not knowing where my money was going. I kept in contact with Henry because his mother started making beads in our bead making cooperative. Now that Maureen is in charge of the CUS sponsorship program, I am sponsoring Henry again.
I will stick with those 2 CUS children- Vanesa and Henry. I still have the other 2 Ugandan children from Tiffany's group, too- Jenina and Waird. 4 Ugandan children- 2 girls and 2 boys =)
Monday, March 28, 2011
I want to thank all of you who have contributed to buy beds for my little girl, Mercy, in Zambia. Her fundraiser has now moved from FirstGiving to Aura's House, and it is almost complete (only $80 left to go!). I won't ask for any more donations right now because it is not a Thursday, lol
I just got back photos from the Direct Package that I sent to Mercy around Christmas time. I want to share this sweet excerpt from the letter her mother wrote in response:
"Mercy is all smiles today because of the beautiful parcel she has received from you. She has promised to use them properly. She is so much in love with everything you have sent her. You have really changed my daughter's life for the better."
It makes me feel so good to hear things like this, and to know that I am making life a little happier for one child halfway across the world! I enjoy seeing Mercy's smile so much that I don't even care if she wants to use the things I sent her "improperly".
PS: The red shark that Mercy is hugging in one picture - I won it for her playing that game where you grab things with a mechanical claw. The same day, I also grabbed two stuffed hippos for Paola in Mexico to remind her of our trip to the zoo. I'm quite proud of my animal-snatching skills (but I won't mention how many game tokens I used up in the process!)
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Vanesa is the child most directly in front of the camera
Vanesa is the girl in bright pink-above is the picture of my original 12 children in CUS in 2009
These are the same children whose mothers are a part of the bead making and doll making cooperative Miracles in Caring. That cooperative is growing as far as profits. Profits have doubled this year compared to last year. We are hopeful that having the dolls available for sale for our CHZ program will bring the women regular pay they can count on every month.
Originally, 2 years ago, I was sponsoring 12 children in the CUS program. However, due to the strange happenings with the coordination, I couldn't keep throwing my money into what seemed to be a hole to nowhere. Now Maureen is running the show, so I went with the first two I had started sponsoring first back in 2009. Vanesa is the girl that had chosen because Jaden wanted her for a penpal. Vanesa is back in our "family" now that I know the money will get to where it needs to go. (I will let you know who the second child is tomorrow)
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Jenina has the orange top on
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Tubi below is in grade 2- Like Dorcas, she always has a big cheerful smile!!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Daniel above is in 2nd grade and holding the folder the girls decorated for him. Fanwell below is in 5th grade and holding the certificate that says his school fees have been paid in full.
Cacious above is in preschool and Evans below is in 7th grade.
Netto above and Ashes below are both 7th graders.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Ray and Lee are half brothers. They are now both sponsored along with their older sister Pretty. Pretty is sponsored by John, and she seems to be the leader of the senior secondary group. She is well spoken and not afraid of the camera.
I sponsor Ray with 2 other sponsors, and Lee is sponsored by 3 other sponsors. Pretty writes the letters for the boys, and she seems to be really proud of her bothers (as seen in the video where she is introducing her brothers to sponsors in order to find sponsors for them).
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Margret above and Elizabeth below
Agness above and Mukwisa below
Here are my two sets of twins getting their gifts for this month. Margret and Elizabeth are holding the folders that I sent them. Kelly gave me this idea- She sends folders with a legal pad of paper, activity pages, pens, stickers, etc. I made one for all of my CHZ kids. This will encourage them to write and draw pictures as often as they would like to. They are wearing their new primary uniforms which was their gift for this month (even though they are still in preschool).
Agness is holding the stuffed animal I bought for her, and Mukwisa is holding his soccer ball. Each one of those items was only $6, so it was no big feat on my part. And, it is great to see their sweet faces! Agness is wearing the dress I sent her in a previous package. That always makes me smile, too =)
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
This letter was sad to me. Mutinta said that her mother was in the hospital around Christmas for 2 weeks!! Now, I have to hurry and write her back and see if her mother is ok. =(
Ashes letters are always short. He is 14 years old and I am sure he has better things to do than write to a lady that is a mother- mothers are not the "in thing" at this age. =) He wants to be a preacher, and usually mentions that he goes to church.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Muntanga, always concerned about his family. He is long for a sponsor for his baby sister who is 1 year old. She attends CHZ's supported preschool. She is A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!! If you would like to sponsor Luse, she is still available for only $9 a month. Here is her photo:http://www.childhopezambia.blogspot.com/ If you would like to sponsor Luse, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org