Global Youth for Education and Change

Mission Our mission is to inspire young people in the U.S. to be forces for good by delivering opportunities to be socially innovative, enable people in the developing world with limited formal education to become leaders in their communities, and cultivate lasting relationships that advance the idea and practice of responsible and strategic global service. A global problem We are tackling the problem of intergenerational poverty and joblessness. Unemployment is widespread, both globally and locally, and young people at most affected. In Kenya, there are over 2.5 mill...
Mar 24, 2015

Help us feed children five days a week.

Lots of love from South Africa
Lots of love from South Africa

Dear friends,

So much has happened since we last connected. To start, your support continues to help our partners at VVOCF provide three meals to children each week. Yet with the demands for increased support and services from the center, we recently worked with Nomusa and the team on the ground at VVOCF to start providing five meals each week—that’s one meal every weekday for each of the 40–60 kids who come to the center.

While this is undoubtedly good news, what’s sad is that VVOCF recently learned it must take a year of from receiving support from the Global Fund for Children. That’s a loss of $7,000—a vital source in helping VVOCF reach its new goals. Without this support, VVOCF will struggle to keep its doors open three days a week, let alone five.

Given your commitment to this issue and your passion for seeing children thrive, we’re asking you to make a special gift to our project. Without your support, VVOCF will have to cut its feeding program, maybe even going down to one or two days per week. Not only is this bad for the children and youth who rely on this service, but it may discourage them from coming to the center altogether. Yet with your help, we can stay the course, keep the doors open five days a week and give our children good health.

Please make a gift to our project today. Your support makes a difference.

With gratitude and humility,
Paul

"I really like singing."
"I really like singing."
"I really like to play with toys."
"I really like to play with toys."
"I like to pray."
"I like to pray."
"I like to play ball at the center."
"I like to play ball at the center."

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Oct 7, 2014

Your support makes a difference three times a week

Getting our vitamin C because of your gift.
Getting our vitamin C because of your gift.

When we first started this project, we mentioned how similar South Africa is to the United States. Go into any grocery store in the country, and you’ll find an abundance of food. Still, many people wake up and go to bed hungry each day.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, your support helps us provide a hot meal to the orphans, vulnerable children and youth at Vumundzuku-bya Vana/Our Children’s Future (VVOCF). Not only do your gifts provide nutrition for those who might otherwise not have access, but they also help us maintain VVOCF as a place of love where the children and youth we serve can come together to learn, to grow and to thrive.

We thank you for your support, and we look forward to keeping you posted on all our progress in the coming months.

With warmth,

Laughing during a great meal with friends.
Laughing during a great meal with friends.
Thank you for creating a place of love!
Thank you for creating a place of love!

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Aug 13, 2014

Staying put, having a flexible mind, practicing accompaniment and going far together.

If you want to go far, go together.
If you want to go far, go together.

Since we last reached out, we've been busy making sure that our South African partner, Vumundzuku-bya Vana/Our Children's Future (VVOCF), continues to address the needs of orphans, vulnerable children and youth in the Zonkizizwe community. During this time, those who previously threatened us with eviction have remained quiet. More importantly, Nomusa Buthelezi, VVOCF's executive director, has expressed interest in keeping the center on the land where it is currently located.

Although we are committed to the goal of helping VVOCF secure ownership of its land, I can't help but think of Dr. Paul Farmer's comments about the process of accompaniment:

"To accompany someone is to go somewhere with him or her, to break bread together, to be present on a journey with a beginning and an end.[It's] about sticking with a task until it's deemed completed-not by the accompagnateur, but by the person being accompanied."

Nomusa has by no means deemed the task of securing land ownership as complete. Instead, she has applied a flexible mind to the problem. Recognizing that securing new land may not be the best option for the center, she has decided to stay put. Having continued conversations about land ownership for VVOCF as part of a coalition representing several community-based organizations, Nomusa has developed a working relationship with a representative from the Department of Social Development who is working with her to apply for funding from the South African government.

Even with Nomusa's hard work and our hope for better days ahead, the future remains uncertain. As we close the chapter of securing new land, we enter a new chapter-one with a focus on developing the resources necessary to help VVOCF and the orphans, vulnerable children and youth it serves to thrive.

You have been vital to our success in pursuing the possibility of land ownership. While government bureaucracy and inaction thwarted our initial plans, your support has helped VVOCF continue to serve 50-60 orphans, vulnerable children and youth every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We look forward to sharing specific examples of how your support has helped the children, youth and families served by the center.

In the meantime, we wanted to say thank you-for donating, for raising awareness and for widening the circle of your family to include all those we serve. Your encouragement inspires us, and your commitment carries us forward.

With immense gratitude and deepest thanks,

Paul

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