In 2007, in Tungwane village in Zimbabwe, a mother died leaving her two daughters in the care of her husband. Two years later, he died. The girls are now 14 and 12 and live with their grandmothers who are 85 and 68 years old.
Recently, ZOE, our partner in Zimbabwe, reached out to this family and provided them with ATMIT. The family began eating ATMIT and the girls regained their strength and are vibrant and healthy. The grandmothers report that they are once again doing well in school and now have energy to play and enjoy life.
ATMIT is an oat-based, nutrient fortified porridge that the AFCA ships in 40' shipping containers to ZOE and some of our other partners who are suffering due to famine or drought. Each container will provide food for approximately 800 children for one month and the cost to ship a container averages $12,000, depending on the location where we send the porridge.
ATMIT is a temporary solution for the food shortages experienced by our partners and we have begun to work toward long-term solutions that allow our partners to provide their own food and raise their own flocks so that ATMIT is no longer needed.
In January, we are sending an agriculatural expert as an intern, Katie, to Mombasa, Kenya where she will spend six months training Stephen (a Kenyan nutritionist and gardener) to grow and manage a 50-acre community garden with high yields and to establish a seed bank for future gardens. This project promises to produce long-term food solutions for our Mombasa partner who is then tasked to train others to grow gardens.
As this year comes to a close, we want to thank you for the donations you've made to support our work. Please share what we do with others, so they, too, can help our children. With Nike's generous matching program, thousands of children could be helped if every employee at Nike donated just $10. Will you start the ball rolling and get your Nike friends behind our cause? Together, we CAN make a difference.
Thank you, donors and supporters from Nike! While a Nike climbing team is slow in forming, we do have leads from Amsterdam and South Africa's Nike offices, saying they are interested in climbing for our children. I'll let you know the minute a team if formed!
Meanwhile, your donations are still changing lives. We aren't just letting them sit, gathering dust. Instead, we are getting children food, life-saving medicine, and medical supplies they desperately need. Please rest assured that the children are doing well, that they are growing, and that they are healthy. This is thanks to donors like you.
Hey! If you have friends at Nike who like the outdoors, who like hiking and who like children - tell them to contact Tanya at tweaver@AFCAids.org. We'd love to have them on a new Nike team, bringing hope to children as they climb. I just summited myself and it was the trip of a lifetime. It was amazing and we'd love to have you and others from Nike join us.
Could it be true? We sure hope it is! We have heard rumors of a possible team coming out of Netherlands and we are hoping that it will be true. If so, they will climb either in August or September 2012, raising funds for our children in Africa. So, if you are at the Nike office in Netherlands and you'd like to be a part of this team, please contact us at tweaver@AFCAids.org and we'll connect you with the team leader.
As soon as we know 100% for sure, we'll send out a report to let you know how you can support the team and save lives in various countries in Africa.
Thanks for your patience!
AFCA is eagerly waiting for a group of Nike employeers to form a team (5-14 people) to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro so we can help more children affected and infected by AIDS. Will you join us and give hope to the children we serve?
With the funds we've raised to date, a child has received medicine, food, and feminine pads (for six months) so she can not only get healthy, but she can also continue to attend school. Thank you, TJ, for making that possible!
On behalf of that precious child, thank you.
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