Fall Newsletter – Issue 1

Sep 5th, 2008 | By | Category: Newsletters

Welcome to the first Africa Village Project Association newsletter! I am delighted to be able to communicate with you like this. Hope you had a wonderful summer and that you are feeling energized for the fall.

Trip to Tanzania

Dale and I are leaving on Thursday for our second visit to Okaseni Village in Tanzania. We are thrilled to be going again and looking forward to seeing the villagers and other people we met in the area last year.

We hope to accomplish the following:

  • setting up a microcredit program for the women of Okaseni Village
  • running power to the primary school and village office
  • enrolling six girls in primary school with donations we received specifically for this purpose.

It will be a very busy visit, but productive, we hope. Please send us good thoughts and your best wishes!!

Financials

We raised $2002.00 at the Bowen Island auction fundraiser on June 8 and were absolutely delighted with the support the Project received! The expenses were approximately $70.00 and included renting Cates Hill Chapel, photocopying and faxing. Dale and I are covering all the expenses and overhead at this point and are volunteering our time, so you can rest assured that every penny raised will go directly to projects that will help the villagers. If you would like to donate, click on How You can Help.

Thanks!

I just wanted to give a final thanks to everyone who was so amazing this summer and supported the BCIT collection blitz, the Bowen auction/fundraiser, and the shipping. To everyone at BCIT and on Bowen, to our American chums, to our local friends and dear family – a resounding and very heartfelt THANK YOU!!!

You are very much appreciated! I feel like we are all part of a great team working together, in our own small way, to help make the world a better place.

Book of the bi-month

If you’d like to find out more about microcredit, Muhammad Yunus’s book, Banker to the Poor, is the best. Yunus describes how he started Grameen Bank and what positive effects microcredit has on the lives of impoverished women. You’ll be persuaded that microlending is one of the most beneficial things we can do for Okaseni Village.

Next fundraiser

We are thinking of holding a book-and-bake sale fundraiser in January or February at BCIT. Please save any books you might want to donate, and if you’d like to help out, that would be wonderful! Let me know.

Have a very happy autumn and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Cheers,
Sheena

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