Thank you for your previous support for ASAP’s Vocational Training Project in Zimbabwe. All funds previously received were used for the Vocational Training in Zimbabwe. However, as previously mentioned, the current situation on the ground is very tenuous right now with presidential elections on the horizon. It is and will become very difficult to operate and as a precaution, ASAP has retired this project and will re-focus on our vocational project in Nicaragua.
ASAP's new project, Tools for Self Help, will provide volunteer refurbished tool kits to young farmers and artisans in Nicaragua and other Central American countries. We are just now developing the project and looking for a small warehouse to get started. A simple tool kit can make a life changing difference for someone who has learned the skills but cannot afford to buy the tools to actually implement them. We expect to be shipping two containers a month after one year. Please consider helping us get this project off the ground with a generous investment in the start-up.
The winter months are chilly and dry with cold nights and semi-warm days and May is the start of winter. This is when the summer crop reserves keep people going. Schools are back from the first break and starting second term, and so are the girls funded by your generosity.
We have received photos of some of the ASAP assisted girls who are attending Munyuku School and share them with you now:
Leona Ndonye, born in 1996, is in Form three at Munyuku Secondary School. Both of her parents are deceased.
Rutendo Kubuya, born September 1997, is in Form two at Munyuku Secondary School. She is one of four children being raised by her mother.
Kampira Moreblessing, born December 1998, is a Form one student at Munyuku Secondary School. She is one of four children with both their parents deceased.
All of us at ASAP Africa thank you for all of your donations, large and small, to help these deserving girls stay in school. Please continue to give generously.
Thank you for your support for ASAP’s Vocational Training Project. As some of you know, the political situation in Zimbabwe is very tenuous right now with presidential elections on the horizon. Organizations like ASAP, working to help families survive in the rural areas are being harassed. During the 2008 election all organizations were forced to close and meetings of more than 3 people were not allowed. <http://www.sokwanele.com/map/electionviolence>
The situation in 2012 is again unpredictable and as a precaution, ASAP will change its approach on the ground and only focus on school fees to keep girls in school. These project funds will therefore be redirected to support ASAP’s School Fees for Girls Project. Your understanding and support to help children during this time of great need in Zimbabwe is greatly appreciated.