Archive for May, 2010

Update–Naomi Martin HBOT

May 24, 2010

Naomi Martin

On April 26th of this year, LifeNets publicized a fundraiser on behalf of the Martin family. Naomi Martin, who has Athetoid Cerebral Palsy, requires multiple treatments in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. Until now, those treatments required a long and expensive trip for Naomi, her mother, and sisters.

I am delighted that, as of May 16th, the fundraiser had collected the amount of money necessary to buy a personal chamber that can be used at home. Now Naomi’s treatments will be much less expensive and stressful for her and her family. The money was used to recompense a private individual who had a chamber that had been purchased but was no longer used. Thanks to LifeNets and to caring people, a seemingly insurmountable financial barrier has been removed. It is inspiring to see what can happen when a lot of people are able to contribute a little to help someone else. Thank you!


Oasis of LifeNets

May 17, 2010

As homeschoolers, my family is very focused on learning. Education in all forms comes naturally into our lives and we know the importance of an early education. That is why the ongoing Malawi nursery school project is so exciting!

Not only will this school allow for families to better provide an education for their children, but it will also give 100 children the head start they deserve in life. With dedicated people like husband and wife team Howard and Ruth Elia, it is sure to start out strongly.

The project began in May of 2007 and as of February 28th 2010, the school’s outer walls were complete, with a roof added to the structure soon after. It is only a matter of time now before the Oasis of LifeNets school will be up and running. What a wonderful and practical venture for LifeNets to be behind!

Program for Kids in Suriname

May 10, 2010

Marcia Dalfour conducts education program.

Music can be a marvelous way to help students learn.  Last week, my students had a test in music class over the 50 states, which they learned in a song.  How many of us learned our ABCs by singing the song?  I still remember many of the songs I learned through Schoolhouse Rock. . . when they were originally broadcast.  I can still sing, “Conjunction Junction,” and, “I’m Just a Bill.” We won’t talk about how old I must be to remember the original broadcasts of Schoolhouse Rock!

So, as a teacher and musician, it excites me to see that LifeNets is helping Claid and Marcia Dalfour in Paramaribo, Suriname, to buy instruments as well as food for the kids in their program.  $4000 goes a long way toward instruments and food and shoes in South America. 

I’m sure the Dalfours will put the money to good use, helping the 40 or so kids in their program expand their social skills and reading skills.  Music will definitely help them to teach those crucial skills.


Why LifeNets?

May 3, 2010

Many years ago, I remember reading an article that deeply affected me. Unfortunately, I remember neither title nor author, publication nor the overall article. What I do remember is the author’s assertion that we should periodically take time to stop and think, “Where am I? What am I doing? Why am I doing it?” It’s easy to get so caught up in the minutiae of everyday life that we forget to consider our actions and whether they are carrying out what values we espouse, or whether they’re things we enjoy or even want to be doing.

I appreciated this short video, then, because being interviewed for it–and subsequently viewing it–afforded an opportunity to stop myself and ask, “Why do I support LifeNets?” There are a lot of reasons for my support, and for the support of others–but I’ll let you view that for yourself.