Our October 2019 Calendar of HOPE photograph features a very young orphan. The image of this small girl was taken as she hung around outside a school, too young to attend but with nowhere else to go, this little one knows that education is her only chance for any kind of positive future.
Older kids were looking after her, keeping her safe, but with food and other basic resources scarce, her day to day needs are never met. We hope to see her be able to attend school in a couple of years. We hope that she makes it that far.
Such is life in the village for every orphan but for the very tiny, the risk is so much greater. With no adult supervision and no real home, every day is insurmountable. With your help, we can, one by one, undertake for the most vulnerable children like the little girl in the image. Please consider making a gift today to help us bring hope into lives that are desperate.
Antelope, like the one in this month’s calendar photograph, are majestic with amazing horns. This picture was taken in the South Luangwa National Park. The puku is a medium-sized antelope found in wet grasslands in southern Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, Tanzania, and Zambia. Nearly one-third of all puku are found in protected areas, zoos, and national parks due to their diminishing habitat.
All the ingredients combined to make for another fantastic breakfast event in Aylmer, Ontario on September 7, 2019. Enthusiastic guests, delicious buffet, competitive silent auction and the opportunity to share news from the frontline of Project HOPE’s work made for a significant and profitable day. The gathering at St. Paul’s United Church was facilitated by the kindness of the church, volunteers and many community supporters.
Neogen – Canadian Operations was the sponsor of the event and Elgin Life newspaper provided incredible coverage featuring Project HOPE. When asked about the impact of the day Christopher Graves, Executive Director of Project HOPE shared “it was amazing to greet so many people and see the response to our work in Africa. The generous participation in every aspect of the event was overwhelming”.
The Share’N Care team at the church catered the buffet while community businesses like Cy’s Bowling, donated packages for the silent auction. Guests were also challenged to support Project HOPE through donating warm blankets and school packages. People readily gave to answer many needs for vulnerable people.
Check out the special coverage provided by Elgin Life at: https://elginlife.ca/current-issue
Students and staff are eagerly anticipating the arrival of 523 books for their new school library. Thanks to generous donations by guests of the 2018 Aylmer Breakfast and individuals like Eileen Peterson (she donated many copies of her original children’s novel – Prince Mikal’s Quest), the books will mean students can practice reading English. Proficiency in English is a critical part of education in Zambia and the library will mean the orphans at the Saikalo School in Kasama will have resources not previously afforded.
The books are soon to arrive via container and will be transported to the school through the cooperation and kindness of many on the ground Project HOPE partners. Our thanks to all who participated in facilitating this amazing answer to a critical need at the school!
While on safari in the South Luangwa National Park there are more than just mammals to see. Incredible species of birds are everywhere. The bird featured in this month’s Calendar of HOPE image is the Lilac-breasted Roller. You won’t find them in any tree-less areas, since they need to be constantly perched atop high vantage points in order to spot prey like insects and lizards. The Roller’s beautiful colouring is captured in the photograph.