Winter Newsletter: January 24, 2010 (Issue 9)

Jan 24th, 2010 | By | Category: Newsletters

Happy New Year!

Dale and I would like to wish you a (somewhat belated) Happy New Year. We hope that all your wishes and dreams for 2010 come true.

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? We have made several about our work in Okaseni. In 2009, we did a lot of fundraising and now, thanks to your generosity, we have almost $6,000 to help us accomplish these resolutions.

Francisca Antoine, 10 years old, is one of the school children whose fees we want to pay.

School costs for kids

Our first New Year’s resolution is to pay the school costs for as many children as possible. On our 2008 trip, we paid for eight children. But a total of about 20 children needed help with fees.

We want to keep all these children in school. If you donated to help pay school costs, thanks!

Power to the Okaseni Village Office

Our second resolution of 2010 is to finish the electrical power project. We started this project to get power to the primary school and village office while we were in Tanzania in September 2008. Power to the school was completed that November, but we ran out of funds for the office. But now, thanks to your generous donations, we have the funds to finish the office.

Power to the office means that the electric sewing machines that we sent to Okaseni in June 2008 can be set up as a communal sewing centre. The village women can make clothing to sell and increase their incomes.

These Okaseni Village women are part of the first group who received microcredit loans.

Microcredit program

Our third resolution for the New Year is to expand the microcredit program. We set up this program in September 2008 with $1000.00 CDN.

Ten women were selected and trained, and the funds disbursed to them in January 2009. These women have now paid back their loans, and a second group received loans in June 2009. Such loans profoundly transform the lives of women, and we are resolved to do more.

Thanks (as always) and next fundraiser

We could not even contemplate these new resolutions without you. Thank you very, very much for your support of the AVPA in 2009!

We will be having our second annual Book and Bake Sale at BCIT on March 18 and 19. Please save any books, DVDs, CDs, etc., to donate.

Thanks again! Cheers, Sheena Ashdown

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