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Bresler Family Foundation Donation Matching Opportunity!
The Bresler Family Foundation has graciously donated $1,000 and has agreed to match up to $2,000 for additional donations received by October 10, 2012.
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( (CcNew students at Glorious
In November of 2011, we welcomed in 21 new children from the surrounding community who now attend daily classes and are provided with two daily meals before returning home. These children were chosen after meeting with the community elders and assessing the greatest needs in the area. Many of the new children did not have access to daily meals or bare necessities.
Thanks to your quick response we were able to secure sponsors for each of these children within one month!
These new children are settling into the supportive surroundings of Glorious well and are flourishing under the love and attention that they now receive.
New Head Teacher and new syllabus
We now have a head teacher at Glorious named Meshack who comes 3 days a week acting as a consultant and trainer for our 5 teachers. He has introduced us to a new syllabus which will help the children gain a competitive education in Tanzania.
We have purchased a set of books for our teachers to help train them in and educate the children with the new syllabus. Meshack is working diligently with our teachers, and will continue to evaluate their style, and observe how the children are doing in class. We look forward to monthly reports of the children's progress in class, and cannot be happier to welcome such a vital member to our team!
Light, food, medicine and malaria protection
Generous donors provided solar lights, large bags of food supplies and medical kits for each of the families where Glorious children live. In addition, mosquito nets were provided to protect the children from contracting malaria.
The families were invited to attend a session at Glorious where the local doctor briefed them on the use of the medical supplies and the solar light provider informed them how to use these new innovative and practical lights.
No more thirsty children!
When Glorious first started, there was very little fresh water available and the children, who have limited access to fresh water at home looked longingly at anyone who arrived with a bottle of water.
At the end of 2011, a water well was completed on the Glorious grounds and water towers were constructed for storage.
The next steps will be to install an electric pump in the well, complete the plumbing from the well to the tanks and connect the pump to electricity.
Glorious will then have uninterrupted access to fresh water for drinking, cooking and cleaning - and no more thirsty children!
No more smoke!
Preparing and cooking two meals a day for 80 children is a huge task. Previously, Alice toiled for hours daily over a large pot on an open wood fire to prepare food for the children. Now a new indoor kitchen has been built with ventilation and outfitted with new pots so that food can be cooked indoors with no smoke.
This new kitchen, donated in memory of "Pa" (Ken Keyes), will eliminate the exposure to cookstove smoke which claims the lives of around 2 million people each year.
Rivers Givers Grant
On February 17, Glorious Orphanage was awarded a $2,000 grant to create a new, paved playground on the site of the school. The grant was awarded by Rivers Givers, a high school philanthropy group at the The Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts. The students host a series of fundraising projects throughout the school year, and use the proceeds to fund selected organizations that support programs for children and families in need. After submitting a proposal for the playground project, board member, Katelyn Carey, met with the students to talk about the mission of Glorious Orphanage, the children, and the great need for a safe, contiguous play space.
In January, Rivers Givers announced that Glorious would receive funding and the Rivers Givers Playground will include a paved site with age-appropriate swings and climbing structures. The grant includes provision for the purchase of sports equipment, which will allow for the introduction of new ports and fitness programs. The site will also serve as an important meeting place for assemblies, special events, and family gatherings. Construction of the playground is scheduled to begin this spring. We are truly greateful to this extraordinary group of students who reached beyond the boundaries of their community to provide a meaningful and lasting contribution to the students of Glorious Orphanage.
Empowering Women's Business & Supporting Glorious Orphanage
This year we have started a beading project with local women that benefit the development of their business as well as the orphanage. The beads, made of recycled paper, are handcrafted by local HIV widows in Uswalini that are affiliated with the school. The women are paid for the purchase of their beads and the profit that is made by our selling of the beads 100% benefits their program as well as the orphanage. Please contact Katie.Carey@gloriousorphanage.com if you have any interest in either purchasing or selling the beautiful jewelry!
Goodluck, Mary, Herman, Samson and Calvin are a family of five orphans that we met back in November of 2011.
These children were living completely on their own in an abandoned hut and barely surviving. When we met them, Goodluck, the eldest was close to death from malaria. Mary, the 16 year old sister, was nursing her new born baby and the 3 youngest children were suffering from severe malnutrition as well as malaria and other various parasites.
After meeting this family we have brought the two youngest, Calvin and Samson, into Glorious Orphanage. We also established a budget which enables the five children to eat three meals a day and provides them a caretaker who does chores, bathes them, serves as a nurse to Mary's baby and puts them to bed each night.
Goodluck, Mary and Herman have been enrolled in a secondary school and we look forward to seeing their progress. We have never met more motivated children and we are seeking sponsors for this orphan family.
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