Sunday, 10 January 2016

Muvuma: Sponsor Children New Year's Party

Our Agent, Emmanuel hands over money sent from the sponsors to each of the children at the orphanage. We do not usually give money directly like this but the sponsors thought it would be fun for the children to go out and buy something for themselves or have the opportunity to buy a gift for someone else. This is the first time the children have ever had their own money. 
Brenda (Lowe, One Person President) and a few of the sponsors participated in the party via Skype in the early hours of January 1st, Canadian-time. 

Emmanuel emailed later: “the children said they have never had a day like that ever since they were born, a lot of food, drinks, music gifts giving {money} and speeches, they couldn't believe their eyes, they prayed to God that OPP continues to exist and operate on Earth, They pray to God that l stay safe so that they continue benefiting, they spoke a lot, l can't write each and every thankful word they spoke...other information will be communicated by the photos themselves."

There were various rounds in the younger and older age group
The lady having fun in the middle is Nurse Flora from the Amani Clinic at the Kahama District Hospital, which we also support. (They had a party too - we're just waiting for the photos!)
Congratulations to Medard who won the the final round 
of the children's dance-off! (And if you were wondering - Deodatha won the youth competition. She is pictured in a photo above, 
with the yellow headscarf.) 

We cannot thank Emmanuel enough for arranging the party and ensuring that the children had 'party food' and games - a first for all of them.  We are also incredibly grateful to the 20-plus sponsors who have stepped forward to help finish building the orphanage and provide for the children's education.

Precious letters from the sponsor-families

My husband and I sponsor the little guy on the right in the light-blue shirt; his name is Mengi and he is one of the three children in the orphanage who have albinism. We write to him and receive letters back, translated by Emmanuel. He is going into Grade 6 this year and has just passed his annual exam - which is a really big deal! He enjoys science and hopes to be a doctor one day.  Whether he achieves this particular dream or not, Mengi and these children know that they can at least dare to believe that they have a hopeful future.

Contact me if you would like to sponsor an orphan, 
or the orphanage as a whole. To learn more about the Muvuma Orphanage or our other programs scroll through the blog - or click on a label on the right. Check us out on facebook for the latest news and pictures.

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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