Hasbro, Inc. established the PROJECT ZAMBI Fund to support programs that provide for the care and comfort of children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. ZAMBI THE BABY ELEPHANT was the first charitable initiative of the fund and was introduced as a result of the creative collaboration and dedication of impassioned Hasbro employees. PROJECT ZAMBI has since helped over 82,000 orphans in Africa. Below is a brief report from one of the PROJECT ZAMBI grant recipients and will be the last report for PROJECT ZAMBI temporarily as the project is being put on hiatus but will return in the near future:
Project Zambi funds are caring for orphans and vulnerable children in Mudasomwa, Rwanda.
In fiscal year 2010, the impact of this work and our partnership resulted in assisting nearly 200 children with access to an education and provided agricultural resources and tools to the most vulnerable households so they could grow food. In addition, children were selected to receive vocational training and entrepreneurs were supported with a shelter for marketing their products.
As a result of PROJECT ZAMBI, orphans and vulnerable children in Mudasomwa are becoming a vital part of the community. Instead of being seen as a burden, these children are beginning to be perceived by the community as productive, valuable members. Their lives are being transformed as they gain respect and realize hope for their futures.
Hasbro, Inc. established the PROJECT ZAMBI Fund to support programs that provide for the care and comfort of children orphaned by the AIDS epidemic. ZAMBI THE BABY ELEPHANT was the first charitable initiative of the fund and was introduced as a result of the creative collaboration and dedication of impassioned Hasbro employees. PROJECT ZAMBI has since helped over 82,000 orphans in Africa. Below is a brief report from one of the PROJECT ZAMBI grant recipients:
One of the most urgent survival needs on the Island of Madagascar continues to be clean water.
Project Zambi has brought this precious gift to the people of Bealanana, a small city located in western Madagascar. The population of the city and surrounding villages is approximately 5000. One of the Project Zambi wells is located on the outskirts of the city close to a large school complex (5 buildings and a boarding school) staffed by the Sisters of Divine Providence, Madagascar. The new well is open to people of the village as well as to the 600 children attending the school. Formally the majority of children and the poor people of the area did their bathing or got their drinking water from the Bealanana River. The addition of a second well helps to irrigate the gardens that supply food to the children. This river has been and continues to be the source of many deaths among the children.
The second well is located at Ambendrana, Antsohihy. Water from this well not only provides clean drinking water for the Sisters of Divine Providence but is also is used to water the gardens that provide food for the sisters and the poor among them. Before the well was in place, the sisters had to buy bottled water for drinking and put out bins to collect rain water to irrigate the garden during the dry season. Buying bottled water is very expensive and the money saved is now used to help feed and clothe the poor.
The third well is located in Lokomby, a very poor village located in the province of Fianarantsoa, Madagascar. This third well is located a school courtyard. It serves the people of the surrounding area and the 300 children attending the school.
Sr. Emerita McGann, CDP
Congregation of Divine Providence
Thanks to the Project Zambi fund 32 young girls associated with Chikumbuso, a women and orphans project in Zambia, will be attending school. These girls live in a slum where 100,000 people inhabit a 2.5 square mile area. Their childhoods have been compromised through both poverty and the AIDS virus. Many of these girls started their education at the Chikumbuso Community School. One of them, Anita, began school six years ago. She came to Chikumbuso as an orphan whose home is a dilapidated house where five siblings all sleep in one room. Despite these difficulties, Anita is a hard working girl full of smiles. Presently she attends Ng'ombe PTA school and not only succeeds in the classroom, but after school she is the ping pong champion traveling around Zambia in various competitions. Each one of these 32 girls has her own personal story lined with a desire to succeed. Through Project Zambi, these girls have been guaranteed an education through high school. This is a dream they never dared to wish for.
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