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Sponsor a Village for One Year
Sponsor a Village for One Year
Help Out! $10,000.00

Sponsor a village for $10,000.  This cost entails the COMPLETE cost to get the average village up and running, productive and self-sustaining.  It includes: making arrangements with the local church in the village to hold meetings and eventually to start a daycare center for the orphans. This usually involves doing repairs to the church so it is    usable for our purposes. This includes a metal roof in place of the thatched roof that is usually present. The reason this is so important is because a thatched roof is much like standing under a tree in the rain, you still get wet, but not as wet if you were out in the open. We need our teaching area and orphan area to be dry so we can teach and feed the orphans and also to have classes for the ladies without regard to rainfall. The church often, in fact usually, has a dusty dirt floor, not suitable for young children that play on the floor. We normally have to install a concrete floor. Next we need chairs, benches and tables, blackboards, pens and pencils, tablets and books. The main purposes of the day care center is so orphans can receive two good meals per day, breakfast and lunch, since often the homes they live in cannot afford to feed them. If possible, and funds permit, we buy toys and games for the children.

Volunteer teachers help. None of these voluntary teachers are on our payroll, or for that matter usually not paid from the school system either, because many school teachers go unpaid in these African countries. So we try to give them something to show appreciation for what they are doing. These are good, qualified, teachers that teach for the love of the profession and to help their own people. Often there are medical bills for children. We use the same church location as a place to teach the women in the newly founded women's group in the village how to read and write and also moneymaking skills such as sewing and knitting, sanitation and family planning.

These women's groups then serve their village by caring for the handicapped, the elderly and the many orphans.  They become "loving mothers" to these hundreds of orphans. They also clean homes for the elderly on a regular basis.  They carry heavy buckets of water for those who cannot carry it for themselves.  There is no running water or plumbing in the village. They prepare food and take it to the elderly, and also to those who are sick or in the hospital that are often located very far away, the women walk sometimes up to 10 miles to look after the needy. If there is a bus that goes where they need to go to serve they purchase a bus ticket from their earnings.

Hospitals do not furnish food for their patients, families are expected to do that, many in the hospital have no family, or the family is unable to do so because of their own health, and/or lack the means to do so. Our women's groups with the help of these funds they earn, and the help we give them, purchase crutches and other health aides for the handicapped In several cases these women's groups have built homes for the elderly and handicapped because who have no shelter.  When the daycare centers are started we have to build a kitchen for food preparation for the orphans that attend the day care center, usually about 30 of them.

When these thing as mentioned above are accomplished, or nearly accomplished we then have to start programs to make everything self-sustaining. Our goal is not a yearly feeding program but instead to solve the problems on a sustainable basis in the villages. To do this, income must be generated. The businesses we have started up till now have been small, such as stores selling the staples that people in the village must purchase somewhere, things like soap, salt, sugar and other necessities of life. We help the ladies set up a very rudimentary stand that can be enclosed. The women's groups volunteer their time to tend to this little store. With the profits earned, they buy blankets and pillows for the elderly who have been previously sleeping on a cold damp dirt floor, with nothing to lie on, or to cover up with, It's not cold in these countries of Africa during the daytime but in the winter, at night it dips into the 50’s, which is very cold for sleeping on a dirt floor with no blanket or pillow.

Other businesses are jewelry making.  The ladies have become very adept at this, making beautiful jewelry out of things that grow in their area – truly quite beautiful and sophisticated necklaces and bracelets, and I might add very profitable for them to make. Some people in the village choose to raise goats. We start them with a male and female, instead some prefer pigs to raise. We do not ask for any repayment of funds but we do ask them every time these animals have offspring that they must give one or two of their offspring to their neighbors to help them get started.

Another project that has been very successful is vegetable gardens. The women have been very successful in growing all the food for the orphans in their village for the day care center, and also to make a profit by selling vegetables in the market. When funds are available, we put a rudimentary irrigation system in these gardens. Doing so can double or triple food production by having two gardens per year instead of the normal one. Without irrigation, only one crop can be grown per year. With irrigation, two crops can be grown, and with certain vegetables possibly even three plantings can take place.

$10,000 may seem like a lot of money, but just look at how much it can accomplish among the African people living in these small villages.