BENEFITING: Dwankhozi Hope
EVENT DATE: Aug 24, 2012
Dear Friends and Family,
In less than a week I will join a team to participate in 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 main reason for committing to this task is to raise money to help support my nephew Matt MacLean and his wife Beth and their non-profit organization Dwankhozi Hope. Please read below and learn a little bit about what Matt and Beth are doing and their incredible generosity and unwavering efforts and beliefs in a great organization. Thank you for reading this and I would appreciate any support you would give to this great cause!
The Dwankhozi Hope Story:
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 alongside them in this endeavor. Since the beginning of this partnership, we have witnessed tremendous progress in the community and the school. In the past six 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 have a medical team that is investigating ways that we can support the health needs of the students. One project we are scoping out is building a medical clinic at the school. As already mentioned, we have also been able to deploy innovative education initiatives with the use of solar power.
To learn more visit www.dwankhozi-hope.org