Dwankhozi Hope via Crowdrise
August 27, 2012
BENEFITING: Dwankhozi Hope
EVENT DATE: Aug 24, 2012
Dear Friends and Family,
In less than a week I will once again 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 main reason for committing to this task is to raise money to continue our support of a rural school in Zambia. Last year I was able to complete the journey and raise $2,800 for this cause. It was an amazing experience and the donations had a tremendous impact. In particular, these donations helped fund our project for solar power at the school. Since that time, the solar project has transformed the school by allowing us to develop an e-reader program creating a digital library for the school using Kindles. The light generated from the solar power has also allowed the school to create a place for the students to study at night, the teachers to prepare for their classes, and to provide adult literacy classes to the parents. Moreover, I have recently returned from a trip to the school where we leveraged the solar power to create a computer lab, with donated laptops, and provided computer training to the Dwankhozi teachers. Imagine, one year ago this community had never before had lights. Now, they have access to computers, the Internet, and a whole library of books which can be read at night. It has been an amazing success and would not be possible without your support.
For the upcoming race, I hope to raise enough funds to expand the solar project to the nearby villages. Many of the students live too far away from the school to come back to school at night to study. Our hope is to build “Reading Rooms” in each of the villages near the school. These rooms will have lighting so that children can gather in the evenings and study. During our last visit, we piloted a reading room in one of the villages. The reports back have indicated that it has been a great success and children are using it to study for tests and complete homework. We would like to expand this program to other nearby villages. Your support in this effort will go a long way towards the goal of every child having an opportunity for a healthy productive life through education. For those of you new to Dwankhozi, I have included some additional information on the organization below.
I would be grateful if you would consider supporting my efforts in this race either through thoughts & prayers or in the form of a donation. It’s a privilege for me to stretch myself physically as I’m mindful of the day-to-day endurance that the Dwankhozi community has shown me. Thank you again for your past support and your thoughtful 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 race begins Aug 24th - next stop: making it to the ocean!
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 considering 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