January 2020 has arrived with mostly mild winter action and gradually longer days. While February and March may be still ominously on the horizon, Spring will surely come and for the Winter enthusiasts, what could be better than hockey, skiing and enjoying the crisp temperatures and of course, more hockey.
The new year has also launched the 2020 Calendar of HOPE. While much of the world has moved off the old paper version of watching the days of the month roll by, our calendar has continued to be a popular item. This month’s photograph features several of our widows spending the afternoon with Project HOPE Executive Director Christopher Graves in their village. After much singing and light conversation, the discussion turned more serious as the widows shared the hardships they endure each day. The request also was made for warm blankets to make getting through bitter cold nights easier. Graves took that request back home to Canada and soon wool blankets were winging their way to Zambia to answer that need.
Life in the village is hard but the widows’ kindness, sense of community and genuine hospitality make it an amazing place to visit. The women wanted to be remembered to their Project HOPE family and send their thanks for all the care and support. If you would like to help us continue to provide wool blankets, simply donate today and a widow will feel the warmth of your gift!
The 2019 HOPE-filled Christmas Campaign has been active since our special launch on November 21, 2019. So far our community of supporters has kindly donated just over $12,000. Our goal is $20,000 so that we can begin 2020 with the critically-needed funds to support our projects in Liberia, Tanzania and Zambia.
Please consider making a gift before the end of the year. You can click HERE to give. Thank you for helping us give HOPE this Christmas.
We were thrilled to be able to provide funds for the team at Nyangombe to host widows and orphans for a special Christmas celebration. We were additionally surprised and grateful to receive a video of the gathering. Click on the link below to view the special day. Thanks to our donors who helped make this event possible. Widows and orphans were able to experience a bit of Christmas joy and hope.
The last month of 2019 has arrived and with the approach of this Christmas season we take a look at the last two images from this year’s Calendars of HOPE. Each month we have presented the faces and concerns of Project HOPE and appreciated your shared journey with us.
Featured this month is Rejoice, Head Teacher of the Saikalo School in Kasama. Rejoice, along with her team of five teachers, spend every day instructing over 600 orphan students. Their day starts at 6:00am and ends at 6:00pm. They receive no pay for their efforts and along the way they manage to feed all students a meal everyday too.
Project HOPE has been honoured to walk alongside Rejoice and her staff. Just recently we celebrated with them as our shipment of books arrived to establish their school library. This library is a significant advancement in the life of the school for the benefit of all the students.
As you travel through this Christmas season, please remember Rejoice and her team. We require funding to help sustain their feeding efforts so that every orphan gets one meal a day. Project HOPE needs to provide $250 each month to feed all 623 students.
The young zebra in this month’s calendar page was photographed at the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Zebra are plentiful in this part of Zambia but are constantly wary of predators looking for their next meal. Lion, leopard, hyena and wild dogs are primary threats so the zebra herd is always on alert. The Crawshay’s zebra, which has a distinctive style of stripe, is only found in this part of Africa.