| May 26, 2015
A Special Appeal
It is now 21 years since Lynda and I set up HANDS AROUND THE WORLD (HATW) on our return from a wonderful and challenging year spent in Zambia. In August we will be holding a party in Monmouth to celebrate with some of our 500+ past volunteers and supporters. Especially we will be celebrating that HATW is happily now able to help more than 2500 children and young people every day.
Many of the poorest children who survive in Africa are orphans. And there are 25 million orphaned children in Africa today; many live without adults in child-headed households, and are hungry every day. More than a million (10% of the population) in Zambia alone! Will they survive? What sort of adults will they become? Of course we need to help more!
About 15 years ago I was privileged to meet Mrs. Veronica Sianga, one of this world’s extra special people. She made a huge impression on me. A lovely ‘mamma’, whilst employed as community outreach worker at Monze Mission Hospital (acting as a combination of hospice nurse, social worker and district nurse) she rapidly found herself coping with hundreds of children being bereaved by HIV/AIDS. She set up PIZZ, a wonderful project, caring for them as individuals and meeting their numerous needs – love, food, clothing, housing, schooling and more. Now retired from the hospital, she continues to make an enormous difference. The project is doing well, and we have been very impressed by the enthusiasm and motivation of the local team; but as the needs are great and our aim is to achieve a lasting positive change in the lives of these children, we at HATW are naturally very keen to do more. Would you kindly help?
Currently we provide school meals to children there (at a cost of just over £1 per child per month), and each month send £1725 for carers’ and teachers’ wages and other running costs. We urgently need to raise about £20,000 to cover the next year.
Lunches at PIZZ are simple, consisting principally of fortified maize meal or rice, but the benefits in terms of health, alertness, school attendance and performance since we started the feeding programme in 2013 have been dramatic! More than 20 children did exceptionally well in Grade 7 and Grade 9 exams, and one former student Mawini M (pictured here) has just started studying medicine at Lusaka University with our help!
HATW has several partner projects in Africa and India, where we strive hard to develop centres of excellence, helping them towards self-sustainability through growing food and various income-generating projects, including seeking local support.
Thank you for reading my personal appeal. There are also opportunities to visit PIZZ if you wish – just let me know! HATW Annual Report / Accounts can be viewed on the Charity Commission website, or I will happily send you a copy.
With very best wishes,