South Africa, Ditshego House of Laughter
The primary focus is to serve the most marginalized and vulnerable impoverished community of Mooiplaas. The combination of the ongoing urbanization of the South African population, the lack of growth in the S.A. economy and the reduction in employment has played havoc in the lives of the children. Ditshego has now increased the number of children under its care to 367, by providing meals they are ensuring that all the children get a chance to learn in a healthy and safe environment. After the nutritional and health needs of the children have been taken care of, their educational, mental and spiritual development rests almost squarely on the shoulders of their teaching staff. These teachers also come from the Mooiplaas community, where access to an education is extremely difficult. The main purpose of Ditshego is to prepare the children from Mooiplaas for a life of opportunity and to ensure that each child receives a high quality childhood education from staff that has been invested in.
The most effective way to fund all the activities that Ditshego engage in is through their Sponsorship program. A donation towards the $2300 sponsorship means that they can support a child in his/her nutritional, health and educational needs for a year. That comes out to less than $45.00 per day for meals and resources. This donation would also mean that a member of a family of six – typical of the Mooiplass community - has a chance to alter their circumstance by improving their lives through education.
Your gift will be an answer to prayer for educational materials and resources for children and teachers at the Ditshego House of Laughter. This holiday season consider giving a gift of hope! Visit the JOY tables in the Narthex for details the weekend of December 9/10 or December 16/17.
Haiti, Community Health Education
One of the oldest cities of Haiti still find themselves striving to survive after the catastrophic 2010 Earthquake that measured 7.0 on the magnitude scale. Families continue to work hard towards providing food and obtaining an education for their children. This is a country where 42% of the population struggles with access to clean drinking water and where low labor wages impacts 60% of the population that lives under the national poverty line. Two-fifths of all Haitians depend on the agriculture sector, mainly small-scale subsistence farming. Poverty and vulnerability to natural disasters and low levels of education for much of the population represents a large obstacle to Haiti’s economic growth.
Through the Community Health Education program families in the Petit-Goave area have an opportunity to raise and breed goats. Goat farming can provide financial stability to families from producing products such as milk, meat, fiber, manure and skin. The families will be taught a business plan so that they can produce products that can be easily sold at market. The cost of one goat is $50 with gestation being 5 months and an average of 1-2 goats per birth. This donation will help families acquire a skill for caring for livestock, financial planning and managing of their products. This can truly help improve not only the lives of those caring for the goats but the community as well as generations to come.
Each $50 will provide a goat to a family, which can help transform their lives. Families will earn money to send their children to school by selling the milk, drink it themselves for protein, or simply provide food for their family. Did you know goats have been around for about 9000 years? Visit the JOY tables in the Narthex for details the weekend of Dec 9/10 or Dec16/17.