Saturday, 20 August 2016

Bikes, beans and school supplies.

What our supporters love about us, is that they receive prompt feedback on the impact of their donations.  
Our agent Emmanuel with  Muvuma's Mama Mchau & Mama Nakri
Proudly displaying 90 kilos of beans 

We provided almost all the funding to build the orphanage; we have shipped resources to furnish and equip it.  As well as helping to finish the interior of the building, sponsor families pay towards the children's health needs and education; and the Muvuma ladies raise funds to feed the orphans. Occasionally their funds fall short and with the help of our Agent Emmanuel we were able to step-in and deliver 90 kilos of beans and 10 bags of charcoal for cooking. 
Every donation is a cause for celebration!
Emmanuel also alerted us to the fact that two of the older girls needed bikes as their school is quite a distance away. 
Neema
Veronica
Kelvin receiving school supplies
"5 text books, 8 exercise books, a math set and other writing supplies" purchased locally

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


You can donate on line www.theonepersonproject.org 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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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

2016 Trip: The Amani Clinic

The Kahama District Hospital has a children's Care and Treatment Clinic that provides treatment services and counselling. In 2009 Dr Subi provided a clubhouse and some funding to set up a much-need social support group and asked if we would add our support. The group quickly grew from under 20 children to over 200! We ordered chairs, tables and shelves, which were made locally.  As well as many other donations, we have supplied a VHS player, TV screen & videos  to while away some of the hours of waiting-time and to help improve their English. We also set up and partially fund a food program. 





Brenda always arranges a party on each visit, with food for the children and their siblings and caregivers. 


Do contact me if you would like to donate to the Amani clinic or make a regular donation towards the food. 


You can donate on line www.theonepersonproject.org 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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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

2016 Trip" "I want to be..."

Some of the children at the Muvuma Orphanage shared their hopes for their future. With the help of their One Person sponsor-families their ambitions don't have to be just dreams. 







Contact me if you wish to sponsor a child or the orphanage as a whole. Just $30 per month.

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For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation contact me , mail to The One Person Project, 10108 Julia Street, Summerland, B.C. V0H 1Z5  donate on-line or make a payment into our account at the Summerland Credit Union (Summerland, British Columbia).  


Saturday, 2 April 2016

2016 Trip: Muvuma Orphanage

Brenda and some of the 30 Muvuma children

One Person provided over 95% of the funds to build the orphanage. We are still raising money to finish the interior so that we can add 20 more vulnerable children. All funds go through our agent Emmanuel, who monitors the process each step of the way. 

Marco, who is sponsored by Naomi and family.
The orphanage also shelters children with albinism.  There is a large albino population in the Kahama area who suffer from the stigma and prejudices of being different but more alarmingly, in Tanzania (as in many developing countries) there is a ‘trade’ in albino limbs as they are believed to have magical properties. 

There are also two children with disabilities. This is Elisha who is sponsored by Mary. 

Brenda and Nicole made appointments for the children with medical needs. 



Preparing the land and planting donated vegetable seeds. 

The children love it when Brenda and the volunteer teams visit!






The children loved their soccer shirts and soccer balls! 


We ensure that the girls receive shirts too as they play netball




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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

2016 Trip: Out in the Villages

Brenda and Nicole visited some of the families that we have connected with over the years. 
Brothers, Cosmos and Pascal
Through One Person Glenda and family have provided long-term support for Cosmos; Maureen and her family have done the same for Pascal


 Mama Christine with baby Joan and Cosmo's and Pascal's sisters, Miriam and Veronica.

 
The family looks at pictures from previous trips. Sadly a younger brother had passed away since Brenda's last visit. The family took her to his grave to pay her respects. 

Brenda is delighted to visit once again with Mabula and his family. She has been providing support for Mabula since he was 6 years old, he is now 14. 

 Brenda has always had a soft spot for Mabula's Uncle Babu

Aunt Tatu


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2016 Trip: Brenda and Nicole


Nicole and Brenda choosing school shirts at the Kahama market
Two weeks ago Brenda Lowe, One Person President and co-founder set off on her 9th trip to Kahama in 10 years. (She hopes to take her next trip at the end of this year!) There was only one volunteer this time around, Brenda's cousin Nicole. 

As is usual on the trips, Brenda and Nicole visited our friends in Rwanda first. Our first shipping-container was donated to the Muhanga region in Rwanda, and we give some support to that area.

The main focus of the Kahama trip is the recently built Muvuma Orphanage.  


Brenda, Nicole and Joseph crammed into local transport!


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For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation contact me , mail to The One Person Project, 10108 Julia Street, Summerland, B.C. V0H 1Z5  donate on-line or make a payment into our account at the Summerland Credit Union (Summerland, British Columbia).  

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Why we will not be shipping sea-containers after 2016

A thank you from Go Rwanda and the community of Muhanga
Our first 40' shipping container was sent to Muhanga in Rwanda in 2010. It was the biggest and most impactful donation the area had ever received.  

We subsequently sent three containers to Kahama, Tanzania and will ship our fourth this year. Again, even just our first shipment was the most impactful ever received. Below is a sample of the medical and educational resources donated to us and shipped by us in 2013: 

A large ultrasound scanner, 15 hospital beds & 13 mattresses & 1 pressure mattress, an operating table overhead cover, a microscope, 2 physiotherapy tables, a birthing  table, a medication cart, 67 boxes of medical supplies, 20 boxes of medical text books, 80 boxes of operating room drape, a defibrillator, a blood pressure cuff, 6 walkers, 20 crutches,3 wheelchairs & accessories, 4 commodes,1 box of eye glasses, 17 boxes pediatric ward toys, 15 boxes of bedding & towels, 1 box of scrubs, 1 whiteboard and 4 boxes of soap and educational and other resources.

150 boxes of library/text books, 23 boxes of teacher resources, 49 boxes of school supplies, 49 units chalk board, notice boards, chairs with fold down desks, 4 boxes of sports equipment and 57 boxes of sports uniforms

Plus almost a third of the container was filled with sewing machines for cooperatives and small business, resources for the Amani Children's Clinic & the Faraja Orphanage, tools for a men's woodworking cooperative and much more!

As you can see, by raising around $20,000 to purchase and ship a container we can send hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of resources. But we are aware that it would not be helpful to the community of Kahama to just keep sending items for the sake of it. 

Having strengthened the medical and educational systems we now plan to concentrate on providing scholarships for further education, and partnering with entrepreneurs. The citizens of Kahama do not need outsiders coming in to fix them or give them handouts. They are very capable people who simply do not have the means to pay for education/vocational training or to set up a business. 

We are not ruling out shipping in the future, though truth be told it will be blissful to take a break from spending thousands of man-hours soliciting, collecting, sorting, itemizing, packing and loading the resources and equipment! Not to mention Brenda's (One Person co-founder and President) time spent on paperwork and dealing with logistics of getting the containers from point A to B via the rest of the alphabet!  (Remember we are a volunteer organization - no one gets paid and everyone pays their own way - even on our trips to Tanzania and Rwanda.)

We are extremely grateful to everyone who has donated resources, volunteered their time at 'crate-days' or helped us to raise funds to purchase and ship the containers. 




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


Asante Sana!