Thanks to your support we are getting closer to our first tool kit shipment. So far we have $3,141 donated and once we have reached $10,000 we will secure a small workspace to collect and sort tool kits. At that time we will then begin to recruit volunteers to help prepare the kits for shipment. Our current plan is to work through training centers in Nicaragua and provide tool kits as requested for their needy graduates.
Many young people have managed to acquire skills from local training centers but have no way of using those skills because they cannot afford to buy tools. We at ASAP believe providing a simple but quality tool kit will change the lives of an entire family.. Usually one person is the provider for a family. That tool kit enables a son or daughter to generate income using those skills. The family will then have money for food, clothing and schooling for the youngsters.
It’s getting close to the end of October. That means Harvest festivals and Halloween here in the US. In Zimbabwe it is the onset of the rains, time to plow, prepare for planting – and prepare for final exams! Exams are written in late November and December. They determine whether or not students continue on to the next grade. For Grade 7 children, their exams at this last year of Primary School will determine which Secondary School they are qualified to attend. Being able to attend school, something we take for granted here in the US, is a life changing opportunity for a young girl in Africa. Studies show that girls that attend Secondary School have a greatly reduced risk of contracting HIV-AIDS and are often able to stay out of abusive situations. The more you contribute, the more girls ASAP will be able to help in the coming year. The money you generously donated will have a huge impact on the life of a child in Zimbabwe. At the end of December, ASAP will select the new girls to be funded for all three terms of the 2013 school year. The need is great. The number of students ASAP can assist depends on your donations. We will select the most deserving girls and look forward to sharing information about each of these fortunate children in January. Please continue to give generously! Thank you again.