Spring Newsletter: May 26, 2009 (Issue 5)

May 26th, 2009 | By | Category: Newsletters

Greetings and a special thank you

Hope your spring is going well. We’re pleased to start this newsletter with a THANK YOU to the BCIT Friday at Four group for donating their March 50/50 draw to the AVP– $75.00. Thanks!

School fees for Okaseni children

The Okaseni kids draw to get their fees paid.

I’d like to tell you about one of the projects the AVP is working on: paying the school fees for Okaseni kids who might otherwise not be able to go to school.

When we first got in touch with the Okaseni villagers by email in May 2007, we asked them what they needed and wanted. (This has been our approach from the beginning – to not assume that we know, but to find out from them what they need.) We were told that many children need help paying for school.

“Okay,” we said. “We can do that!” So some of the donations that we received have been spent to help keep these kids in school. When we visited Okaseni in September 2008, we held a draw to pay fees for six girls and two boys.

About 18 students took part in the draw. Each student drew a slip of paper with either a “Y” (yes, your fees are paid) or “N” (sorry) on it.


Sally Scott has donated funds to the AVP to pay the school fees for six girls.

Sally Scott

Our most regular donor for school fees is Sally Scott, the mother of a dear friend, who lives near Seattle, Washington. She is passionate about getting children – especially girls – into school.

“Children are our most important resource and education is the key to their future,” says Mrs. Scott. “As I read about the AVP, it was apparent that this is a hands-on project with a minimum of red tape. So now instead of birthday, get well, graduation, and thinking of you cards, I send a note of how the person is being honored.” Thanks so much, Mrs. Scott – much appreciated!

Garage sale – and thanks!

Our garage sale will probably be on June 27. Please save anything you might want to donate, and let me know if you’d like to volunteer. I’ll keep you posted. And thanks for your support as always – it goes a long way in Okaseni. (And to donate on-line, please see below.)


Sheena Ashdown

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