“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can
change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
|Invaluable incubator in the Muhanga Hospital, Rwanda |
Oxygen saturation machine donated by Kamloops Hospital B.C
Most of us want
to make a difference in the world but with so many great causes, knowing how
much to give and what charitable vehicles to use can be daunting. First - work
out what drives your giving-engine.
ARE YOU PASSIONATE
ABOUT EMPOWERING WOMEN & CHILDREN?
The One Person
Project supports two orphanages in Kahama, Tanzania. The Faraja Orphanage,
which is sponsored by the Summerland Montessori School (B.C. Canada) and the
Muvuma orphanage, which is in the process of expanding from 18 to50 orphans. We need funding to finish and
furnish the new building and welcome volunteers to visit in the future.
We also provide
you with the opportunity to feed children who attend an HIV/AIDS Care and
Treatment Clinic; their life-saving drugs cause devastating side-effects if
taken on an empty stomach.
fundraising to finish building and equipping a poultry cooperative for
women-headed households in Kahama.
DO YOU WANT TO
Read about the
brutal treatment of children and adults with albinism in Tanzania. One Person
is helping to provide safe shelter and school education for orphaned children
with albinism. The Tanzanian Government and local organizations are working on
eliminating the traditional belief that the severed limbs of people with
albinism contain magical properties.
IS EDUCATION YOUR
We ship classroom
and teacher resources and have held Train-the-Teacher workshops in Kahama –
more workshops are planned for the future.
SPORTS DO IT FOR
We believe in the concept
of sport for development – that sport is not just an end in itself, but also an
effective tool to help improve the lives of children, families and communities.
Participating in sports allows
young men to have a sense of pride and something to strive towards and allows
girls to have status and opportunities they do not usually receive. We collect
and ship matching team shirts (from soccer, baseball etc.) and soccer balls and
cleats as well as other sporting equipment.
DOES MEDICAL CARE CONCERN YOU
As the Kahama District
Medical Officer Dr. Andrew has heavy administrative and public health
responsibilities, leaving little time for direct patient care. (Update 2014 Dr Membe is now the DMO.) The hospital is
staffed by too few doctors, nurses and Assistant Medical Officers. They are
forced to care for two or three patients per bed and lack basic equipment. We
are making strides in this area, as hospitals and organizations in B.C have
donated supplies and equipment, but we intend to offer long-term support and
help Dr. Andrew create a fully functioning hospital for the district. On each One Person trip we recruit professional and
non-professional volunteers to ensure that we are on track, to identify needs,
distribute items and meet with families and organizations.
PASSIONS AND INTERESTS ARE we welcome your involvement. Everyone has something
to give, be it a donation of time, skills, items or funds. Whatever your contribution
is, you can be sure that you are impacting the lives of women and children in
Kahama and Muhanga. Thank you!