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Mar 18, 2015

For me this is nothing short of a Miracle

No child should ever have to bear this heavy load.
No child should ever have to bear this heavy load.

Dear Friends,
I wish you were all able to witness the miracle I’m privileged to enjoy every time I watch our children confidently writing away on our (now ten) donated laptops.
While we’re still a long way from our final goal of raising enough money to purchase our own land, build a permanent home for our children and a well equipped school, your continued support has made it possible for us to rescue children from a childhood spent fetching water and firewood and looking ahead to a life of labouring in the fields for $2.00 a day. Because of you these children are all in school learning to become productive future citizens and leaders.
I’ve attached pictures of the girls in our local community whose families are not in a position to send all of their children to school. Under these circumstances it’s usually always the son who gets to go to school while the girl child stays at home doing back breaking labor way beyound her young age and physical development until it’s time for her to marry (at a very young age).
The 1st Bonus Day of the year is Wednesday, March 18th! Global Giving will be matching donations made through GlobalGiving.org up to $1,000 per donor per project at 30%. There is $60,000 available in matching funds and they are offering a $1,000 bonus award for the most individual donors and $1,000 bonus award for the most money raised. Matching begins at 9:00:01 EDT and lasts until funds run out or 23:59:59 EDT.
I’m very excited to be able to participate in this upcoming bonus day. This is a great opportunity to help us reach our goal of building a permanent home for our children and a properly-equipped school for the children in our community.
Asante Sana,
Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

What time will March 18th 9:00:01 be where I live

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School age kids collecting wood from the forest.
School age kids collecting wood from the forest.
Young girls in our neighbourhood.
Young girls in our neighbourhood.
No Girl should EVER live like this!
No Girl should EVER live like this!
One day all of these girls will be in school.
One day all of these girls will be in school.
Jan 6, 2015

Happy New Year

Hannah and Freddie
Hannah and Freddie

Dear friends,

What an amazing year 2014 was for Springs of Hope Foundation’s children, thanks to YOU!  Because of YOU, our children are healthy and they have returned to school for another year of what we anticipate will be another year of exceptional results. Because of YOU, our children have good food to eat.  Because of YOU, our children have livestock and seeds with which they learn essential, basic life skills. Traditionally these basic skills would be taught by parents, grandparents and extended family. For children orphaned by Hiv/Aids there is no one to teach these skills. 

Because of YOU, children like Hannah not only eat well, but also go to school dreaming of a future free of poverty, dreaming that she will someday become a doctor. And because of YOU it’s quite possible she will fulfill her dream. 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 a safe place they call HOME, medicine, medical supplies, clean water, food, school fees and supplies, livestock, seeds, self-reliance and HOPE.

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 jennifer@springsofhopefoundation.org.  I'd love to chat with you!

On behalf of the children,

Asante Sana,

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

Hannah
Hannah

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Oct 13, 2014

September Progress Report

Writing letters to our pen pals in Michigan
Writing letters to our pen pals in Michigan

Thank you to everyone for making our first month with GlobalGiving such a huge success. While we have a long way to go to raise the funds needed to purchase our land, set up a permanent home for our children and construct well equipped classroom facilities we are thrilled with the results.

We already have several donated computers the children are using. Their biggest delight is sending and receiving letters from their pen pals in America. Even our young ones, while they have to stand on the chair to reach the screen, like to write their own letters with a little help from the older children. It’s so rewarding watching these orphaned children have access to technology that we take for granted.

Our students had their midterm exams last week. While we won’t get the results until the end of this week we are confident they will do exceptionally well. During the last exams several of our children came in first position, while one of our girls placed first in the district. This is exceptional for several reasons. Firstly the public school classes have between 55 to 100 students per classroom, when the children first come to live with us they have not been attending school consistently due to their family’s inability to pay for the extra’s needed to attend public school.

YOU make all of this possible.

Thank YOU!

Jennifer Hughes-Bystrom

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE LAST BONUS DAY OF THE YEAR!
Wednesday, October 15th
9 am EDT to 11:59 pm EDT (or until funds run out!)
• GlobalGiving will be matching donations up to $1,000 per donor at 30%!
• There is $75,000 available in matching funds!
• They will be offering a $1,000 bonus award for the most individual donors and a $1,000 bonus award for the most money raised.

Our young children love writing letters also.
Our young children love writing letters also.
 
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