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...
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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Jun 5, 2014

Indawo Yothando

Last time we wrote, we were thanking you for your gifts, and we couldn't help but thank you again. Your support keeps the children we serve healthy and happy. Your donations directly provide food to help them grow and thrive, and your support helps them connect with a caring adult every time they visit the center.

With that in mind, we wanted to share a symbol of how we are trying to make Vumundzuku-bya Vana/Our Children's Future (VVOCF) "indawo yothando," a place of love. To help us on this journey, consider making pledging a monthly gift so that we can continue to meet the needs of the orphans, vulnerable children and youth we serve. 

Thanks again for all you do. We look forward to keeping you posted on our progress in the coming months. 

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