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.
Finding orphans living alone in the bush is not an uncommon occurrence. These siblings, supported by Project HOPE, have only each other as their immediate family is deceased.
With the help of Project HOPE’s local community care team, this brother and sister have constant interaction with the village and provision of basic resources. The community care team also ensures the pair are attending school and doing their homework. While each day is a struggle, funding from Project HOPE means these children have the chance for a better future. With education and community support, they can become self-sustaining. Their lives are difficult and daunting but they smile easily knowing that they are not alone. Please consider making a gift to Project HOPE to give more orphans a future filled with hope.
The hyena is common in Luangwa and Kafue National Parks. They feed on carrion but are also hunters in their own right. Bones left over at a kill are cracked open with their powerful jaws and consumed.
Spotted hyenas are organized into territorial clans of related individuals that defend their home ranges against intruding clans. The center of clan activity is the den, where the cubs are raised and individuals meet. The den is usually situated on high ground in the central part of the territory. Its above-ground entrances are connected to a series of underground tunnels. They live in holes in the ground where they breed, having one or two in a litter, the young looking like cute little brown puppies.
Their gestation period is three and half months and they can live up to forty years. Their drawn out laugh-like call can often be heard from the camps at night. They usually move at night but can be seen in the day.