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.
Walking through the villages adjacent to Nyangombe in the North West Province, is always a challenging but encouraging opportunity to interact with widows supported by Project HOPE in their homes. Always in motion, widows spend their days from sun up to sun down making the most of every moment. From hauling water to maintaining their home fires, each widow works tirelessly to make it through each day.
The rainy season brings its own challenges with downpours making it difficult to stay dry. June and July bring cold temperatures. Just keeping warm through the night is a constant battle.
Project HOPE continues to support widows in this part of Zambia with blankets to stave off the night chill as well as basic resources including salt, soap and other necessities. The team at Nyangombe continually assist through the planting and harvest season so that widows can have enough food to make it on their own merits.
Your support of these widows is key to helping them become self-sustaining. Why not consider making a gift today and help us serve those who are vulnerable.
The South Luangwa in Zambia has its own endemic species, Thornicroft’s giraffe, which was named after Harry Scott Thornicroft, a commissioner for the British South Africa Company at the turn of the 19th century in what was then Northern Rhodesia. It’s one of the smallest giraffes in Africa. It differs from other sub species in that their decorative, leaf shaped body spots do not extend below the knee.
Young giraffes are extremely vulnerable and up to half will die in their first year, as they are easy targets for lions, hyenas, leopards and wild dogs. It’s estimated that there are only 1,500 Thornicroft’s giraffe in the South Luangwa National Park, so seeing their heads poking up among the trees is truly a treat.