Monday, 3 July 2017

Students Rise to the Rotary Challenge

Young people are not only the leaders of tomorrow, they  are effecting positive change right now! We are constantly impressed by the children and youth that support local causes, including The One Person Project. 

Brenda Lowe thanks the students for raising funds and awareness for orphans in Kahama, Tanzania.

The $100 Challenge is a Summerland Rotary Club initiative for Summerland Secondary School Leadership class students. Each group of students was given $100, and worked with a Rotary mentor to grow the funds and donate them to a charity of their choosing. Brenda and other organization recipients were invited to a thank you dinner that Summerland Rotary put on for the student groups. Each organization had the opportunity to outline their activities to the audience. 
Rotary Mentor Mirjana Komljenovic with
(L to R) Lovlesh Anand, Jacob Acheson, Carter Tower,
Andrew Park, Dylan Kole and Gurshan Saran.

The team of six decided on a Samosa fundraiser, which proved to be very popular - raising an amazing $1,447.00.  

The funds will be used to enrich the lives of children 
at the Muvuma Orphanage in Kahama, Tanzania. 

 The team and volunteers made over 30 dozen samosas 
 Gurshan and his mom, Balbir Saran brought their skills, 
and delicious family recipe. 

 Gurshan was an incredibly patient tutor!

A sincere thank you to the six young men who worked long hours in a hot kitchen, to Balbir, and to the committee members who helped out. 

And a huge thank you to Mirjana and the Summerland Rotary Club for providing youth with the tools to be agents of change in our community.   
You can find out more about young people making a difference for Kahama in these previous posts. 

Visit our facebook page for more photos and stories.

Contact us to find out how to sponsor the orphanage, volunteer or to make a donation. You can also donate online. 

Asante Sana - Thank You! 

Friday, 23 June 2017

Ways to Make a One Person Difference

People often ask how they can help to transform lives 
this is what we tell them.

Like our facebook page, and like and share our posts to help raise awareness and publicize our fundraising events. 

If you live in the Okanagan you can also:

Or drop-off refundable containers at the designated spot on the corner of Victoria Road South and College Road,  Summerland. 

It's so easy to make a difference! 
Brenda 250-809-9639
Denise 250-460-0565

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Muvuma Carers

Until recently Muvuma house-mothers volunteered their time to look after the 30 children, but as you can imagine it is a major undertaking, so we started paying a small stipend to Mama Nikri. We were advised that a male presence was needed for the boys, so Boniface joined the Muvuma family. 

Using our sponsorship money we provide the funds for beans and charcoal each month, and each month the delivery is cause for celebration and photographs! 

Thank you to everyone who sponsors a child or sponsors the orphanage as a whole. Do contact us if you too wish to sponsor and help transform lives. 

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Saturday, 29 April 2017

Muvuma" The Wall (Part Two)

Mama Nakri and the children are grateful for the gated walls around the orphanage. It's amazing to think that with the support of our community here in Canada, we have built an orphanage and safe haven for children and youth in Kahama! 

Contact us to donate towards the orphanage or to sponsor it on a monthly basis.

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Monday, 24 April 2017

The Shipping Container has Arrived!

Finally! This shipping container, which left at the end of October, has arrived at the Kahama District Hospital! You can imagine our frustration at the container being delayed for so long at the port in Dar-es-Salaam, especially when the port and storage costs were rising daily! 

Thanks to the joint efforts of our agent Emmanuel, and Barry T. here in Canada, who put us in touch with Max who was able to visit the port on a regular basis, a large proportion of the accumulated fees were waived and we were able to have the container released. 
A great reminder of the amazing support we have received over the years from Big Steel Box, Penticton.

Joseph helping hospital staff to unload medical resources.

The motorbike wasn't a part of the shipment! 

Thank you so much to everyone who donated resources, funds, time and skills towards filling and shipping our fifth forty-foot shipping container! 

We had already decided not to ship anymore containers for the foreseeable future, and given the angst of this experience it was a great decision!  

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Muvuma 2017: The Water Tower

Ron Ryde from Penticton took part in his second volunteer trip to Kahama. He had planned to set up the new brick machines that are in the shipping container - but of course there are delays at the port in Tanzania and the container hasn't arrived yet! 

So Ron set in motion the plans for a water tower and provided the initial funding! The water tower will provide a place for the children to shower, a separate are for washing dishes, and the run off will water the garden that Brenda and the team planted on the previous trip! 

     The pipe frame being constructed in the township of Kahama
The frame is carried over a mile to the orphanage
Ron thanks the workers
Set into place with the brick working added for showers

Thank you Ron for starting this project that will transform daily living in the orphanage! 

Contact us to donate towards the orphanage or to sponsor it on a monthly basis.