MARCH 2011 UPDATE

10_03In May 2010 we sent 15 huge boxes of “goodies” to Mississippi to be included in a containe r being shipped to Zambia. T hanks to Kevin Petske, missionary at Kafulafuta Mission , shipment fr om MS to Zambia was donated to VLH.

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Just a few w eeks ago, the container arrived , the boxes were picked up by Winnie, and distributed to Vima Lupwa Home, as well as other intended recipients.

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SHOES and CLOTHING f or children and adults in the Vima Lupwa Home and people in the surrounding area, as well as for the market place. From the UNDIES CAMPAIGN, underwear of all sorts for the Cheshire Ladies to sell at Market in Ndola.

BICYCLES PARTS FOR REPAIR SHOP

Important mode of transportation
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School reports – Two of our boys, Joseph and Mwala [ photo ] , are now attending boarding school, where they will obtain better education – Mwala is attending Kafulafuta High School in grade 10 ; Joseph is attending C hiwala Technical High School , where he is also attending grade 10 . Boarding schools provide a much higher level of education than the public schools available in Zambia. We are thrilled to announce that ALL THE CHILDREN passed on to the next grades and a re now attending schools at the next levels - We are so pleased with the academic results of all the children!

Touchmark dresses – At the end of Summer 2010, we received an entire suitcase - full of dresses that were created and made by a group of ladies a t TOUCHMARK at Mt. Bachelor Village – not only was this a marvelous project for them, but it was an incredible donation for VLH, and there are simply no words to describe the excitement and thankfulness of the girls who received the dresses in Zambia in De cember!!!

the dresses hanging in Bend – Left , group photo of some of the thrilled recipients! Ri ght , youngest recipient , our own little Ruthie

School reports – Two of our boys, Joseph and Mwala [ photo ] , are now attending boarding 10_03school, where they will obtain better education – Mwala is attending Kafulafuta High School in grade 10 ; Joseph is attending C hiwala Technical High School , where he is also attending grade 10 . Boarding schools provide a much higher level of education than the public schools available in Zambia. We are thrilled to announce that ALL THE CHILDREN passed on to the next grades and a re now attending schools at the next levels - We are so pleased with the academic results of all the children! Touchmark dresses – At the end of Summer 2010, we received an entire suitcase - full of dresses that were created and made by a group of ladies a t TOUCHMARK at Mt. Bachelor Village – not only was this a marvelous project for them, but it was an incredible donation for VLH, and there are simply no words to describe the excitement and thankfulness of the girls who received the dresses in Zambia in De cember!!! Photos: Above , the dresses hanging in Bend – Left , group photo of some of the thrilled recipients! Ri ght , youngest recipient , our own little Ruthie -  MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS – 10_03Included in the container that arrived in Zambia was a box full of musical instruments. “ They were very thrilled with all the surprises. Mwape tried to blow the flute but kept singing into it instead of blowing. They latched on to the noise - making instruments and immediately started up a band. Apparently there is a guy at the new church that they attend who does music lessons. So maybe that would also become part of their training. ” [Excerpt from Winnie’s report]

Jewelry - making donation – Late last year, we received an email from one of our donors and amazing c reator of all VLH cards [ Christmas, Mother’s Day and General Selection ], Tom Scott, who had received a gift certificate from Fire Mountain Gems , a local supplier of beads and jewelry making supplies in Grants Pass. He donated the majority portion of this certificate to VLH in order for our children to be able to create jewelry, both to sell in Zambia, as well as to send back to the US for us to sell here – handcrafted items from the VLH children as fundraisers for their education. Much to OUR surprise, wh en Marlena wrote to Winnie about this, Winnie informed us that she had their catalog!!! How can we be so lucky!?More creations forthcoming

What a donation can purchase

$10-- A fruit tree [mango, papaya, banana , avocado ]

$20-- Vaccinations for three children; or Doctor consultation with Malaria slide; or Chicken feed for one month

$10-- A fruit tree [mango, papaya, banana , avocado ]

$40-- Water and electricity for home for one month; or Tuition per month for houseparent to obtain diploma; or Internet connection for 3 months; or Tuition for one child for one trimester in elementary school.

$60-- Tuition for one child f or one trimester in secondary school; or c ost o f essential non - food items for 3 months [charcoal, laundry soap, wash soap, Vaseline...] ; or End of year exam fees for 2 children in secondary school.

$100-- Housing costs per month; or Purchase one bicycle for transportation, or clothing and shoe costs for 2 children. NEW – Boarding School cost for one child for one month

Would you sponsor a child’s attendance to boarding school ?

At this time, we have sufficient funds to send 2 children to boarding school. Basic cost is 1, 460 ,000.00 Zambian Kwacha per trimeste r – or a total of $ 300 .00 per trimester.

This amount includes school fees, tuition, uniform , materials, food, and transportation between trimesters from school to VLH and back

[Ah yes, each student has to bring his/her own mattress to school]

3 terms per year on the academic calendar

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