Friday, 16 December 2016

2016/17 Trip: Rwanda


Monica joined Brenda, Peter and the Barkley family in Rwanda
Here they are pictured at one of the Genocide memorial sites. 

Brenda first visited Rwanda and Tanzania in 2006 on a W.V. trip.  Before leaving Canada all the volunteers were supposed to get 2 children sponsored - Brenda found sponsors for 18 children! In the following three years Brenda and One Person signed up over 60 sponsors for W.V., and Brenda, and volunteer teams, went back to both countries each year to visit the children. 

In 2007 we established a permanent connection with Kahama in rural Tanzania, where most of the sponsor children were from but still visit with the many friends that Brenda has made over the years. Our first shipping container went to Muhanga, Rwanda and we have given support to a school and clinics in the area. 

Click the 'Rwanda' label on the right to find out more about our friends and activities here. 

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Monday, 12 December 2016

2016/17 Volunteer Trip: The First Team Departs!


Brenda and Peter at Vancouver airport with the Barkley family - raring to go! 
Back: Bryan, Nathan, Maureen & Matthew
Front: Brenda, Becca and Peter. 

This is a dream come true for the Barkley family! They have been long-time One Person volunteers, and Maureen is a valuable committee member. 

The Barkley's sponsor two children in Kahama, and look forward to spending time with them on the trip. First the team will be visiting our friends in Rwanda. 

Check back for photos and stories. 

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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

2016 Container Contents


We will continue to take resources in our suitcases and to raise funds for our life-changing programs.

These are the donated items in our latest container, which set out for port in October 2016;
a heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated resources, time, skills and funds We couldn't do it without you!

MEDICAL

6   hospital beds & mattresses
12 boxes of medical books
42 boxes of medical supplies
4   boxes of crutches/cranes
8   wheelchairs
7   exam tables
2   spinner sterilizers
2   walkers
4   IV stands
4   boxes of medical binders
4   boxes of medical equipment
2   weigh scales
3   medical cabinets
1   microscope
1   pipet washer/rinser
3   hospital cribs
3   medical models & posters
1   x-ray viewer
1   baby weigh scales
EDUCATIONAL / TRAINING

8     boxes of sports equipment
45   boxes of sports uniforms
1     computer
37   boxes books
117 boxes of teacher resources
5     sewing machines
6     boxes of sewing fabric & accesories
42   chairs/stools
53   boxes of school supplies
3      filing cabinets
3      wooden tables
MUVUMA ORPHANAGE

24"  Cooking stove
Yamaha 5000 Generator
12 volt battery
SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS

19 boxes of tools and supplies
1   set of store accesories
5    boxes of coat-hangers
1    fabric rack
1    shoe rack
1     box of supplies
2    clothing racks
5    brick making machines & parts
A portion of the educational resources are dedicated to the Muvuma Orphanage, as are most of the household and small business supplies.

HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES
76 boxes of bedding and towels, 12 boxes of dishes and cooking items, 4 mirrors, 107 boxes of clothing and shoes, 3 radio/stereos, 5 bicycles, 2 boxes of seeds, 1 compost bin, an artificial Christmas tree & decorations, 2 microwaves.

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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

The 5th One Person Shipping Container Departs

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So many people to thank for helping us to ship our 5th forty-foot container! 

Penticton Big Steel Box have given us incredible support over the years and we totally appreciate all that Berry and Smith Trucking and Maurer Crane Services have done to help us along the way. 

Penticton Home Hardware and Summerland BC Tree Fruits gave us space for our storage containers (which were generously loaned to us by of Big Steel Box) and Penticton Wal-Mart dedicated parking space to the large sea-container. 

We couldn't do what we do without your help and financial and physical donations. 


Volunteers Dan B. and Al J. picked up and delivered 2 exam tables, which were generously  donated by Dr. Westby, Penticton.

Thanks to Interior Health, medical professionals, a number of School Districts, sports organizations, and local businesses and organizations we were able to fill the container with life-changing resources. 

We couldn't do this without our volunteers!
Volunteer Ray L. picking up and delivering 30 chairs.
Thank you to all the families, individuals and organizations that stepped up to collect resources for our sponsor-community in Kahama. And a huge thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and energy helping us to sort and pack the donations into the container. 
Bryan B. a long-time volunteer and One Person Director Susan 
This is likely to be our last shipping container read the February 2016 blog to see why. The next blog will itemize the container contents. 


You can donate on line www.theonepersonproject.org or at the Summerland Credit Union or mail to The One Person Project 10108 Julia Street, Summerland, V0H 1Z5 


Asante Sana!
Thank you!





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Muvuma Orphanage: Medical Support

Frank
The advantage of having an agent on the ground, and internet contact with the Muvuma ladies is that we know what is happening as it happens and take action. 

Frank was ill and Emmanuel was able to take him to the Kahama hospital where he received treatment and ongoing medication. 

When we visit we take vitamins, polysporin, bandages, band aids and non prescription painkillers to stock the Muvuma 1st Aid drawers that we set up. We leave clear written instructions as these items are not familiar to those who live in poverty. 

Contact us if you wish to sponsor a child or the orphanage as a whole.

You can donate on line www.theonepersonproject.org or at the Summerland Credit Union or mail to The One Person Project 10108 Julia Street, Summerland, V0H 1Z5 


Asante Sana!
Thank you!



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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Julieth: A hand-up not a hand-out.

Our Agent Emmanuel and Julieth
Julieth is an orphan at Muvuma. She did exceptionally well in school and has been accepted for a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Finance course at the  University of Dar es Salaam. 

Julieth will be receiving a scholarship but needs funds for application fees, initial travel and food. We are delighted to be able to use your donations to ensure that Julieth can accept the invitation to earn a degree!

Thank you!

UPDATE: October 2017. Julieth sent us a letter to thank you, and her extremely dedicated sponsor Marjorie W.J. 


Dear mama and other supporters!

      I hope you are all doing well, I am also doing fine with my studies. In November l will join the second year of my studies of university. For sure I am glad to have you because, you are here and there to support me in any situation, Thanks a lot!
      The aim of writing you this short letter is to give you much thanks , l received 537,000tsh from Mr Emmanuel which you sent for me, for the academic purpose. I feel much love from you, because l see your much support whenever I need your support. And you have never left me alone with any problem...

  May God bless you all,

    Yours,
 Julieth

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Sponsor Letters

Mabula reading his letter from his sponsor Maureen B. and family.
Jackie happy to receive her letter from her sponsor Brenda,
One Person co-founder and President


The children just love to hear from their sponsors and learn about life in Canada! 

Contact us to sponsor a child or to sponsor the orphanage as a whole. 

You can donate on line www.theonepersonproject.org or at the Summerland Credit Union or mail to The One Person Project 10108 Julia Street, Summerland, V0H 1Z5 


Asante Sana!
Thank you!




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Saturday, 20 August 2016

Bikes, beans and school supplies.

What our supporters love about us, is that they receive prompt feedback on the impact of their donations.  
Our agent Emmanuel with  Muvuma's Mama Mchau & Mama Nakri
Proudly displaying 90 kilos of beans 

We provided almost all the funding to build the orphanage; we have shipped resources to furnish and equip it.  As well as helping to finish the interior of the building, sponsor families pay towards the children's health needs and education; and the Muvuma ladies raise funds to feed the orphans. Occasionally their funds fall short and with the help of our Agent Emmanuel we were able to step-in and deliver 90 kilos of beans and 10 bags of charcoal for cooking. 
Every donation is a cause for celebration!
Emmanuel also alerted us to the fact that two of the older girls needed bikes as their school is quite a distance away. 
Neema
Veronica
Kelvin receiving school supplies
"5 text books, 8 exercise books, a math set and other writing supplies" purchased locally

Contact us if you wish to sponsor the orphanage and see your dollars at work! 


You can donate on line www.theonepersonproject.org or at the Summerland Credit Union or mail to The One Person Project 10108 Julia Street, Summerland, V0H 1Z5 


Asante Sana!
Thank you!



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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Giving Girls Dignity

It's one of those things that you don't really think about; what do women living in poverty use for feminine hygiene?  The answer is 'nothing'. 

Even purchasing underwear is out of the reach of many, so girls and women often sit on rags or cardboard and wait it out. Others stuff scraps of fabric, leaves and even rocks into their underwear.

Take a little time to think about that. Your first thoughts will be followed by the implications of this 'waiting period' - thousands upon thousands of women around the world are missing out on education and days at work. Not to mention the isolation. Imagine coping with this alongside the widespread stigma that is still imposed around menstruation. 

An enterprising organization Days for Girls International created a solution, a washable feminine hygiene kit. 



This kit is more successful than versions that were tried out in the past as they are not bulky, wash well and the coloured fabric hides stains and can pass for wash-cloths when hung out to dry. 

We are using the template to take kits over to the girls in the Muvuma Orphanage. We have funded tailoring courses for two of the older girls and have donated sewing machines and fabric so that they can sew and sell the kits to the wider community. 

We have found that the solutions to the problems are often amazingly simple, it just needs people like you who are willing to volunteer a little time, a skill or donate funds to keep the wheels in motion. 

Contact us if you are able to sew kits or you can donate on line www.theonepersonproject.org or at the Summerland Credit Union or mail to The One Person Project 10108 Julia Street, Summerland, V0H 1Z5 

Contact us if you wish to sponsor the orphanage and see your dollars at work! 


Asante Sana!
Thank you!





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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

2016 Trip: The Amani Clinic

The Kahama District Hospital has a children's Care and Treatment Clinic that provides treatment services and counselling. In 2009 Dr Subi provided a clubhouse and some funding to set up a much-need social support group and asked if we would add our support. The group quickly grew from under 20 children to over 200! We ordered chairs, tables and shelves, which were made locally.  As well as many other donations, we have supplied a VHS player, TV screen & videos  to while away some of the hours of waiting-time and to help improve their English. We also set up and partially fund a food program. 





Brenda always arranges a party on each visit, with food for the children and their siblings and caregivers. 


Do contact me if you would like to donate to the Amani clinic or make a regular donation towards the food. 


You can donate on line www.theonepersonproject.org or at the Summerland Credit Union or mail to The One Person Project 10108 Julia Street, Summerland, V0H 1Z5 


Asante Sana!
Thank you!


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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

2016 Trip" "I want to be..."

Some of the children at the Muvuma Orphanage shared their hopes for their future. With the help of their One Person sponsor-families their ambitions don't have to be just dreams. 







Contact me if you wish to sponsor a child or the orphanage as a whole. Just $30 per month.

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For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation contact me , mail to The One Person Project, 10108 Julia Street, Summerland, B.C. V0H 1Z5  donate on-line or make a payment into our account at the Summerland Credit Union (Summerland, British Columbia).  


Saturday, 2 April 2016

2016 Trip: Muvuma Orphanage

Brenda and some of the 30 Muvuma children

One Person provided over 95% of the funds to build the orphanage. We are still raising money to finish the interior so that we can add 20 more vulnerable children. All funds go through our agent Emmanuel, who monitors the process each step of the way. 

Marco, who is sponsored by Naomi and family.
The orphanage also shelters children with albinism.  There is a large albino population in the Kahama area who suffer from the stigma and prejudices of being different but more alarmingly, in Tanzania (as in many developing countries) there is a ‘trade’ in albino limbs as they are believed to have magical properties. 

There are also two children with disabilities. This is Elisha who is sponsored by Mary. 

Brenda and Nicole made appointments for the children with medical needs. 



Preparing the land and planting donated vegetable seeds. 

The children love it when Brenda and the volunteer teams visit!






The children loved their soccer shirts and soccer balls! 


We ensure that the girls receive shirts too as they play netball




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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

2016 Trip: Out in the Villages

Brenda and Nicole visited some of the families that we have connected with over the years. 
Brothers, Cosmos and Pascal
Through One Person Glenda and family have provided long-term support for Cosmos; Maureen and her family have done the same for Pascal


 Mama Christine with baby Joan and Cosmo's and Pascal's sisters, Miriam and Veronica.

 
The family looks at pictures from previous trips. Sadly a younger brother had passed away since Brenda's last visit. The family took her to his grave to pay her respects. 

Brenda is delighted to visit once again with Mabula and his family. She has been providing support for Mabula since he was 6 years old, he is now 14. 

 Brenda has always had a soft spot for Mabula's Uncle Babu

Aunt Tatu


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2016 Trip: Brenda and Nicole


Nicole and Brenda choosing school shirts at the Kahama market
Two weeks ago Brenda Lowe, One Person President and co-founder set off on her 9th trip to Kahama in 10 years. (She hopes to take her next trip at the end of this year!) There was only one volunteer this time around, Brenda's cousin Nicole. 

As is usual on the trips, Brenda and Nicole visited our friends in Rwanda first. Our first shipping-container was donated to the Muhanga region in Rwanda, and we give some support to that area.

The main focus of the Kahama trip is the recently built Muvuma Orphanage.  


Brenda, Nicole and Joseph crammed into local transport!


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For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation contact me , mail to The One Person Project, 10108 Julia Street, Summerland, B.C. V0H 1Z5  donate on-line or make a payment into our account at the Summerland Credit Union (Summerland, British Columbia).