We often meet grandmothers who are caring for orphans in our programs. Today I want to introduce you to Mr. Ndlovu. He is a 67 year old widower in Bezha. Mr. Ndlovu lost his wife 4 years ago and is looking after his grandchildren.
Mr. Ndlovu is very grateful for your generosity. Because of caring donors like yourself, we have been able to provide him with seeds and knowledge on how to plant and manage his tomato garden. He says that he has managed to buy some basic commodities for his grandchildren and grown daughters who are completing their secondary education.
Our partner in Zimbabwe is thrilled with Mr. Ndlovu's progress. They said he has the best quality tomatoes, and have appointed him to teach the other families how to manage their gardens. Additional seeds of other varieties have recently been distributed and we will continue to share the progress with you.
Would you like additional information on this program or others provided by the American Foundation for Children with AIDS? Please www.afcaids.org or contact Tanya Weaver at email@example.com to learn more!
Mbuya means grandmother in the shona language, the major language spoken in Zimbabwe. Mbuya cares for her grandchildren, and now has hope for their future. What has this elderly grandmother done to make this change in their lives?
Mbuya has proven that you're never too old to learn! She has grasped our method growing local types of vegetable during one of our regular workshops. Now she is the proud owner of this thriving green vegetable garden. During our support visit, we met Mbuya's grandchildren and saw them watering the vegetables. They told us that they have been selling some of the vegetables and used the money to buy sugar and other commodities. During the hot season this type of vegetable garden does not demand much labor. They have learned that if you give it a good soaking about twice a week, with mulching, it does very well.
We are thrilled to be a part of the success of this family, and we could not do it without supporters like yourself. Mbuya is grateful to AFCA for the assistance she is receiving and feels blessed to see her grandchildren attending school. They are no longer struggling, they are thriving!
Please contact Tanya Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how you can help!
What an amazing year it has been for AFCA's children, thanks to YOU! Because of YOU, thousands of children are thriving and hopeful. Because of YOU, countless children are healthy and they have returned to school. Because of YOU, hundreds of children had good food to eat this year. Because of YOU, hundreds of children have livestock and seeds with which to start small businesses. And because of you, children like Maria not only eat well, but also go to school, dreaming of a future free of poverty. We don't have enough words to thank you for what you've done because it is huge...it is life changing.
Thank you for caring for the little ones we serve and for giving them a brighter future. You are the ones who allow us to keep working for them, providing them with medicine, medical supplies, clean water, food, school fees and supplies, livestock, seeds, self-reliance and HOPE.
As you make your end of the year giving decisions, please keep us in mind so we can continue helping children in 2015 and beyond.
We wish you the best year ever, full of every blessing and happiness imaginable, knowing you are a hope-giver. If you'd like to learn even more about what we do or how you can meet some of the children you have helped, please contact me at tweaver@AFCAids.org. I'd love to chat with you!
On behalf of the children,
Eliah is an 86 year old grandmother caring for 10 year old Thandweyinkosi and 3 year old Nkosilindile. This small family has benefited from our goat program. Eliah shares her words of appreciation ...
"I am comforted by this support I am getting form the people who are not my blood relatives. Their acts are healing the wounds that I and my grandchildren have been nursing for so long. They are now part of our family and their support has given us hope for the future. We received three goats from this extended family of ours in distant lands. Presently, we have six goats and one of them is pregnant. We are getting milk daily from the goats. We enjoy the milk and my three year old grandchild even drinks it fresh just after milking."
This story of hope and appreciation is made possible because of friends like you. Your donation to our goat project makes you part of Eliah's "extended family in distand lands". As you share the holidays with friends and family during this joyous season, take a moment to remember Eliah and her grandchildren. No matter how far away they may seem, you have made a difference for the future.
If you would like to learn more about our programs, please contact email@example.com to get started!
Primrose is an 11 year old girl.
Anabel is a 10 year old girl.
Limpert is a 6 year old girl.
Eric is a 1 year old boy.
What do they have in common? All four children are HIV positive. And all four children are orphans sharing a home with 55 year old Othiliah. There is more, they are a family blessed beyond words by your generosity!
Othiliah tells us about the porridge they received ...
"The corn soya blend is a great blessing for my family. We were feeling the pressure of our hunger, and considered eating field produce which has not matured. With this porridge, the children will be able to go to school full and very strong. The harvest in the fields will not be compromised as we wait until the crops mature."
Can you imagine facing such a decision? The hunger of your family must weigh heavily on your heart. Othiliah was considering compromising their crops when hope arrived in the form of porridge. Thank you for being a part of the hope that saved this family's crop and staved their hunger. Your generosity is felt each day that Primrose, Anabel and Limpert are able to attend school with full bellies.
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