Archive for August, 2010

James Bond and the JohJan Academy

August 30, 2010

The evening of April 17, 2010 saw the biggest LifeNets fundraiser to date. The Seattle Skyline Rotary Club in Seattle, Washington put on a James Bond-themed evening that raised $11, 265 for the JohJan Academy in Migori, Kenya. Miss Washington, Devanni Partridge, put in a special appearance to ask for support for the Academy. This school, which is currently in the first phase of construction and already serving 90 children, plans to eventually accomodate over 400 students. More photos are available on the LifeNets website.

NY Fundraiser for Orphans

August 23, 2010

A June fundraiser in Springfield Gardens, NY raised $3,000 for the LifeNets Orphan Care Center in Balaka, Malawi. The fundraiser was filled with delicious food, beautiful music, and the joy of people gathering together in love for one another and for people they had never met. See more pictures here!

A New Set of Wheels

August 16, 2010

There are some things in life that are difficult to get rid of once they are no longer being used–mattresses, for example, or television sets. Another is wheelchairs. These modes of transportation can be life-changing when they are in use, but when they are no longer required, it’s hard to know just what to do with them. They’re expensive enough that it seems a shame to set them out for resale, but bulky enough that long-term storage is a hassle. So what do you do with that perfectly good used wheelchair?

One option is to donate it to the LifeNets Wheelchair Project. Last year, 97 used wheelchairs were matched with people who desperately needed them. These donated wheelchairs changed the lives of their new owners, including a woman in Dallas who was helped because anonymous friends asked LifeNets for help on her behalf. If you have a wheelchair you no longer need, please look into the LifeNets Wheelchair Project. Remember, too, that monetary donations are welcomed to this project as well, since many of the donated chairs need some level of restoration.

–Katherine

Continuing Project: JohJan School, Kenya

August 9, 2010

One feature of LifeNets involvement in its many foreign projects is insistence on responsible management and oversight in the area being helped, as well as careful disbursement of funds on this side. The JohJan school project illustrates this idea in action, from the research done here to the oversight of received funds in Kenya. The recent update on this project explains some of this process and also shows what must be done for this school to proceed. As we can see, financial aid–whether foreign or domestic–requires a lot more than simply signing a check. Sustainability and accountability are important hallmarks of LifeNets’ work.

Changing Lives Through Education

August 2, 2010

Education is closely tied to LifeNets’ mission: it’s difficult to be self-sufficient if you have no means by which to increase your knowledge base. It makes sense, then, for LifeNets to concentrate a large part of their support on the Scholarship Program for students in developing countries. This program currently supports about forty young people annually, at an average cost of about $1,500 per year per student. Without this program, a college education would be beyond the reach of these young men and women. Thanks to LifeNets, they will enter the job force with much better chances of finding a job that will allow them to support themselves–and others. As one student wrote, “This scholarship helps me to go to school and learn what I would not have otherwise known. I will be an educated person and not dependent on others. I can then help others who are lacking assistance.”