January 2010 Update

Imfula ileta ifilyo-ifilyo fileta ubwikalo b usuma- nomba imfula ileta bamosquito Na ba mosquito baleta malaria...

(Bemba for: Rain brings food, food brings life, but rains bring mosquitoes, and mosquitoes bring ma laria..) Christmas and New Year at the Vima Lupwa Home was f illed with laughter and excitement. This year each child received a new set of clothes, a book, some school supplies, a trip to the local bakery in town, and was allowed to pick a gift for one of their brothers or sisters fo r a gift exchange. They chose the theme “mpundu”, which means “twins” in Bemba. A lmost everything they chose was identical to their Lupwa brother or siste r. It was incredibly cute to see four of our girls dressed identically walking t o town as excited as could be to pick out a drink and a pastry. Shadrick, age 8, and Alick, age 7, picked out matching green shirts and pants and continued to we ar them for the next week until Mother Violet finally stripped them off and w ashed them. The connection these children have developed with each other has e xceeded our hopes and they have truly formed a family unit, taking pride in helping, teaching and protecting each other. Coming from similar abusive and traumatic backgrounds, they encourage each other to always f ocus on the future. Mwala, age 16, wrote in a letter to his sponsor, “I encourage a lot of my friends to study more so that when they finish scho ol they can find a good job. When I finish school I want have a good job and hel p poor people who need help or support. The thing I don’t like is to see p oor people suffering.”

 
 

Imfula ileta ifilyo-ifilyo fileta ubwikalo b usuma- nomba imfula ileta bamosquito Na ba mosquito baleta malaria... (Bemba for: Rain brings food, food brings life, but rains bring mosquitoes, and mosquitoes bring ma laria..) Christmas and New Year at the Vima Lupwa Home was f illed with laughter and excitement. This year each child received a new set of clothes, a book, some school supplies, a trip to the local bakery in town, and was allowed to pick a gift for one of their brothers or sisters fo r a gift exchange. They chose the theme “mpundu”, which means “twins” in Bemba. A lmost everything they chose was identical to their Lupwa brother or siste r. It was incredibly cute to see four of our girls dressed identically walking t o town as excited as could be to pick out a drink and a pastry. Shadrick, age 8, and Alick, age 7, picked out matching green shirts and pants and continued to we ar them for the next week until Mother Violet finally stripped them off and w ashed them. The connection these children have developed with each other has e xceeded our hopes and they have truly formed a family unit, taking pride in helping, teaching and protecting each other. Coming from similar abusive and traumatic backgrounds, they encourage each other to always f ocus on the future. Mwala, age 16, wrote in a letter to his sponsor, “I encourage a lot of my friends to study more so that when they finish scho ol they can find a good job. When I finish school I want have a good job and hel p poor people who need help or support. The thing I don’t like is to see p oor people suffering.” The Christmas lunch and dinner menu was designed by Melody, age 13, and Loveness age 12. Both girls took the task incredibly seriously - planning for the event days in advance. Everyone took part in preparing the meal in the small congested kitchen filled with songs, dancing and chatter until everything was ready. The kids couldn’t get enough of the celebration and food and eventually rolled off to bed around 11p.m. unable to eat any more or stay awake any longer.

   

Thanks to everyone who participated in the “Undies campaign”! This allowed us to help a pair of handicapped women begin to help themselves. They are learning what it takes to run a business and this new start-up business will give them the opportunity to prove to themselves and their community that regardless of their physical limitations they are able to have the skills to support themselves. Please keep donating extra ladies’ and mens’ undergarments (yes, we said men too! All shapes and sizes are welcome ;-).

   

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In honor of you the people who have helped keep this project going and growing, we are holding a Donor and Friend Thank you Celebration on Sunday February 21st, from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Sons of Norway Hall ( 549 N.W. Harmon Blvd. in Bend) ). Please come see pictures, talk with us about the project and learn more about all you have helped to accomplish. This is not a fundraising event, rather a chance for the board of directors to personally thank you and answer any questions – desserts, beverages and music will be provided free of charge. We look forward to seeing you on February 21 st .

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Volunteers in action