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Fund: Healthy Beginnings

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Melanie Gross

THE STORY:

I am joining the non-profit organization Firelight Foundation in the fight to help end the mother-to-child transmission of HIV and substantially reduce AIDS related maternal and child deaths. This fall I am committed to raising $15,000 for the organization’s Healthy Beginnings Fund.  All proceeds will go directly towards two community-based organizations in Lusaka, Zambia- Bwafwano Integrated Services Organization and Matero Care Center.  Both organizations use a community-based model to bridge the clinic to the community to provide integrated health services, social welfare, and educational support to families living with HIV and AIDS in underserved areas in and near Lusaka. 

Why is this Fund Important to Me?

My birth name was Lillian Muleya.  I was the first born of a single mother from Zambia. She gave me up for adoption at birth.  Several months later my life was forever changed when I was adopted into a beautiful family and the rest is history-one that you are all a part of as my community of family and friends.

In 2002, I made my "pilgrimage" to Lusaka. During that visit, I met many amazing people who were involved in life changing work that focused on building healthier communities impacted by HIV and AIDS in the urban and rural areas near Lusaka. I vowed to return to Lusaka and to find a way to "give back" to the community focusing on the health and welfare needs of women and children.

Fast forward over 10 years later and my dream is becoming a realty. Next January and February I will be spending part of an 8-week sabbatical in Lusaka and the surrounding areas. I will be visiting Bwafwano and Matero and spending time with many of the women and children impacted by the work of both organizations.  For me, this is just the beginning of what I hope will become a long-standing partnership.    

I hope you will join me in the fight to help end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Zambia by supporting the Healthy Beginnings Fund!  All donations are tax-deductible and remember many employers offer donor-matching programs!  If you prefer to make a donation by check, please email me for snail mail instructions at: muleyasong72@gmail.com. 

"Testing and treatment provide children living with HIV a healthy life, but family, school, and community are critical to success.” — FIRELIGHT FOUNDATION

$17,440

MONEY RAISED
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  • rick kentz

    $500

  • mary

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jennifer Aurora

    $100

  • Yasmin

     

  • The Dolphins

     

  • Farida

     

  • Nicole Douglas

     

  • The Taylors

    $100

  • Cambria Smith

     

  • The Warrens

     

  • Laura Berner

     

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Denise Graves

     

  • Rashida MacMurray-Abdullah

    $75

  • Veronica & Dwayne Jones

    $200

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Chris Brown

     

  • Alison

     

  • Fatima Dean

     

  • Nakedra & Dwayne Campbell

    $100

  • Pat Washington

    $100

  • Mohita

    $35

  • Wilma

    $100

  • Kateshia Brooks

    $100

  • Melvin Gross

    $1,000

  • Delali Attiogbe

     

  • K Dobbins

    $200

  • Regenia Washington-Redmon

    $100

  • Melanie Gross

    $7,500

  • Deotima Mukherjee

    $100

  • Deborah Vernet

    $100

  • Evelyn Brown

    $25

  • Peter Laugharn

    $100

  • Joi True

    $100

  • Employer Matching Gifts

    $3,450

  • Minisha

     

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116% Raised of $15,000 Goal

The Team: $17,440 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

Melanie Gross

Amount Raised

$17,440

 

116% Raised of $15,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Minisha

Minisha

3 years ago

Employer Matching Gifts

Employer Matching Gifts

DONATION: $3,450

3 years ago

Joi True

Joi True

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Peter Laugharn

Peter Laugharn

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Evelyn Brown

Evelyn Brown

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Deborah Vernet

Deborah Vernet

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Deotima Mukherjee

Deotima Mukherjee

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Melanie Gross

Melanie Gross

DONATION: $7,500

3 years ago

Regenia Washington-Redmon

Regenia Washington-Redmon

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

K Dobbins

K Dobbins

DONATION: $200

In memory of those who have left this life due to HIV. 3 years ago