Wednesday, 11 January 2017

2016/17 Volunteer Trip: Muvuma Orphanage

As you can imagine, the children are always delighted to welcome Brenda back to Muvuma! She always brings such fun volunteers with her too!

Read here for details of how we came to build and help run the orphanage. We couldn't have achieved what have without the aid of our Agent Emmanuel and the Canadian sponsors who help us support the orphans. 
Brenda presented Emmanuel with a clock; the plaque reads -

Asante Sana
Emmanuel Mlau
From The One Person Project

Asante Sana means thank you of course! Emmanuel has been with us for three years now, and it really helps to have a committed, passionate agent on the ground!

This is the invaluable Mama Nakri, who looks after the 30 children and youth. As you can tell, she is overjoyed to see Brenda again! 

Brenda, Monica, Maureen and Bryan are pictured here with Dr Flora. When we first met this wonderful woman at the Amani Clinic at the Kahama Hospital, she was Nurse Flora - and now she has graduated!  Dr Flora is on the Muvuma Committee and still runs the clinic. 

Contact us if you wish to sponsor the orphanage and see your dollars at work! 

You can donate on line or at the Summerland Credit Union or mail to The One Person Project 10108 Julia Street, Summerland, V0H 1Z5 

Asante Sana!
Thank you!

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Friday, 16 December 2016

2016/17 Trip: Rwanda

Monica joined Brenda, Peter and the Barkley family in Rwanda
Here they are pictured at one of the Genocide memorial sites. 

Brenda first visited Rwanda and Tanzania in 2006 on a W.V. trip.  Before leaving Canada all the volunteers were supposed to get 2 children sponsored - Brenda found sponsors for 18 children! In the following three years Brenda and One Person signed up over 60 sponsors for W.V., and Brenda, and volunteer teams, went back to both countries each year to visit the children. 

In 2007 we established a permanent connection with Kahama in rural Tanzania, where most of the sponsor children were from but still visit with the many friends that Brenda has made over the years. Our first shipping container went to Muhanga, Rwanda and we have given support to a school and clinics in the area. 

Click the 'Rwanda' label on the right to find out more about our friends and activities here. 

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Monday, 12 December 2016

2016/17 Volunteer Trip: The First Team Departs!

Brenda and Peter at Vancouver airport with the Barkley family - raring to go! 
Back: Bryan, Nathan, Maureen & Matthew
Front: Brenda, Becca and Peter. 

This is a dream come true for the Barkley family! They have been long-time One Person volunteers, and Maureen is a valuable committee member. 

The Barkley's sponsor two children in Kahama, and look forward to spending time with them on the trip. First the team will be visiting our friends in Rwanda. 

Check back for photos and stories. 

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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

2016 Container Contents

We will continue to take resources in our suitcases and to raise funds for our life-changing programs.

These are the donated items in our latest container, which set out for port in October 2016;
a heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated resources, time, skills and funds We couldn't do it without you!


6   hospital beds & mattresses
12 boxes of medical books
42 boxes of medical supplies
4   boxes of crutches/cranes
8   wheelchairs
7   exam tables
2   spinner sterilizers
2   walkers
4   IV stands
4   boxes of medical binders
4   boxes of medical equipment
2   weigh scales
3   medical cabinets
1   microscope
1   pipet washer/rinser
3   hospital cribs
3   medical models & posters
1   x-ray viewer
1   baby weigh scales

8     boxes of sports equipment
45   boxes of sports uniforms
1     computer
37   boxes books
117 boxes of teacher resources
5     sewing machines
6     boxes of sewing fabric & accesories
42   chairs/stools
53   boxes of school supplies
3      filing cabinets
3      wooden tables

24"  Cooking stove
Yamaha 5000 Generator
12 volt battery

19 boxes of tools and supplies
1   set of store accesories
5    boxes of coat-hangers
1    fabric rack
1    shoe rack
1     box of supplies
2    clothing racks
5    brick making machines & parts
A portion of the educational resources are dedicated to the Muvuma Orphanage, as are most of the household and small business supplies.

76 boxes of bedding and towels, 12 boxes of dishes and cooking items, 4 mirrors, 107 boxes of clothing and shoes, 3 radio/stereos, 5 bicycles, 2 boxes of seeds, 1 compost bin, an artificial Christmas tree & decorations, 2 microwaves.

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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

The 5th One Person Shipping Container Departs

So many people to thank for helping us to ship our 5th forty-foot container! 

Penticton Big Steel Box have given us incredible support over the years and we totally appreciate all that Berry and Smith Trucking and Maurer Crane Services have done to help us along the way. 

Penticton Home Hardware and Summerland BC Tree Fruits gave us space for our storage containers (which were generously loaned to us by of Big Steel Box) and Penticton Wal-Mart dedicated parking space to the large sea-container. 

We couldn't do what we do without your help and financial and physical donations. 

Volunteers Dan B. and Al J. picked up and delivered 2 exam tables, which were generously  donated by Dr. Westby, Penticton.

Thanks to Interior Health, medical professionals, a number of School Districts, sports organizations, and local businesses and organizations we were able to fill the container with life-changing resources. 

We couldn't do this without our volunteers!
Volunteer Ray L. picking up and delivering 30 chairs.
Thank you to all the families, individuals and organizations that stepped up to collect resources for our sponsor-community in Kahama. And a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and energy helping us to sort and pack the donations into the container. 
Bryan B. a long-time volunteer and One Person Director Susan 
This is likely to be our last shipping container read the February 2016 blog to see why. The next blog will itemize the container contents. 

You can donate on line or at the Summerland Credit Union or mail to The One Person Project 10108 Julia Street, Summerland, V0H 1Z5 

Asante Sana!
Thank you!

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