Dwankhozi Hope wrote -
Dear Friends and Family,
In less than a week I will join a team to participate the longest relay race in the United States. A team of 12 of us will run 200 miles from Mt. Hood in Oregon to the Pacific Ocean. The reason for committing to this task is twofold:
1. I need something to motivate me to get in shape
2. I want to build awareness of poverty in Africa and raise money to continue our support of a rural school in Zambia
In 2006, my wife and I helped start a non-profit called Dwankhozi Hope with the goal of supporting a school in rural Zambia, a country in Southern Africa. We were inspired by the capabilities, commitment, and dedication of the parents and the community leaders to provide a better life for their children. We were also moved by the tremendous needs of this community. Although they had the intrinsic values and required skills to forge ahead and start a school for their children, they did not have the necessary resources to sustain, much less grow the institution. With only 9 volunteer teachers and 500 students; no supplies or even a school building, learning was nearly impossible. Many of the children were orphaned and suffered from various illnesses caused by poverty but the school offered an opportunity and hope for a better life.
The underlying philosophy of Dwankhozi Hope is to empower the community to build this school for their children creating a partnership that leads to opportunity through education. The mission is fundamentally relational as we look to walk along side them in this endeavor. Since the beginning of this partnership, we have witnessed tremendous progress in the community and the school. In the past five years we have been able to support the construction of multiple school buildings and the provision of critical school supplies. We also led an effort to provide safe clean water to the community and improve sanitation systems to the school. We recently had a team return from a medical mission trip to the school as well. As next step, we look to provide continued support for the school through project for solar lighting and sponsoring some of our students to continue their education at higher educational institutions.
I would be grateful if you would consider supporting my efforts on this race either through thoughts & prayers or in the form of a donation. It’s a privilege for me to stretch myself physically for this race as I’m mindful of the day to day endurance that the Dwankhozi community has shown me. Thanks in advance for your consideration of walking (or running!) with me as we help the Dwankhozi community “break the cycle of poverty and reach their God-given potential.” The trip begins Aug 26th - next stop: making it to the ocean!
To learn more visit www.dwankhozi-hope.org