Oct 18, 2021

We are Open and Stocking the Shelves

Thank You Letter
Thank You Letter

Dear Friends and Family,

The headteacher of our local rural school retired this year and unfortunately we couldn't do a big send off due to the school has been forced closed under government COVID-19 regulations. In September we got the green light to re-open the school and welcomed our new Headteacher, who was taken back by the support of our project.  After we got the news schools can re-open we suspended our food parcel drive and worked with the new head to get the shopping delivered to the school and our program restarted feeding the students at the school on the 20th September. 

It's good to be back and the new head forwarded us letter (attached) from the students and added a personal thank you as below that she wanted us to pass on to you, our donors....

"On behalf of our Primary School learners, staff and parents, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for the food provisions. The aid you have given to our learners has assisted very much in boosting our school enrollment. Learners are now able to stay for afternoon lessons as they will have had something for the day.

Above all, this will facilitate a good pass rate. Your generosity has gone a great stride in alleviating the challenges faced by the community. Most parents are not employed, and the employed are not gainfully so.
Attached are the letters from the learners themselves.
We wish you all the best in your endeavours 
Yours Faithfully
 (Headteacher) "
We are excited to be back in the school and our cooks are busy in the Kitchen, it is easier for us to ensure all children are fed daily at the school rather than the home food parcels we funded during lockdown. Our funds are getting low but we have managed to purchase enough food for September, October and November and so now we kick off our fundraising for December and next year. Every donation made is really making a difference and we thank you for being apart of this amazing project! We have also included a link to a video of the children getting their food on the first day back. 
Thank you,
Tyrone and the Zimbabwe Team

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Oct 18, 2021

Freddy's Story....

Freddy's tackle against Cancer
Freddy's tackle against Cancer

Dear Supporters, 

We want to share with you a story that is Celebrating Freddy


Freddys Mum says "When Freddy was diagnosed it was what I thought, the worst day of my life, but the strength and resilience he had is what kept me going. It was far from easy but he was here with us.

23rd May 2020, that changed, Losing Freddy was unexpected for us and very quick, There was nothing they could do. From getting those scan results to Freddy passing was long and traumatic, yet so short, why couldn’t we just be together a little longer? Why us? Why now?

His little sister barely understood anything, how do we tell her she will never see him again?, I just hope those little memories will comfort her as she gets older.

Freya talks about him every single day, I am so glad that in those short few years that she has so many happy memories with her big brother. But it’s also so hard, are we saying the right things to her? How will this affect her in life?, can she really tell us how she feels? and myself, I don’t have the time to grieve, I still have to ‘cope’ and get through the days for her. I have no choice. When in reality, for me, each day gets harder without Freddy here with me, I think after a year now it’s finally hit me, I will never get to see him hit all of these milestones he should have.

People say time stops, it doesn’t, people move on, life goes on, eventually, things go back to somewhat normal but not for you, it’s a new normal, grieving is a forever process, and so many people have expectations of how you ‘should be’ after a loved one dies. But the truth is there is no wrong or right way, me and Freddys dad both grieved very differently. And still do.

Grieving a child is an unimaginable pain and heartache.

My whole life has changed. My body feels different. My heart aches and Things will never be the same. I have now started counselling and it helps in some ways, but nothing will ever change. It’s a constant battle, I overthink, I question myself and I have so many unanswered questions, but I do believe he is free of pain and resting beautifully now.

I’d like to thank this project for allowing us to use their holiday home last year after Freddy passed, this allowed us to take some time away as a family and we appreciate it so much. Making sure We make lots of memories with Freya is a big thing for us, especially as our time was limited with Freddy.

It is from the love and generousity of our supports allows this project to help families that are battling with cancer a chance to create life changing memories together in such tough times. We thank you for your support! 

Thanks,

Vincent, Gary and the team at Lennox and Action Change! 

Oct 15, 2021

Helping communities become carbon friendly!

Introduction 

Traditional stoves of the kind used by communities, release hazardous pollutants such as carbon monoxide, particulate matter and nitrous oxide. The burning of solid fuels, such as wood, charcoal and animal dung, is a significant and deadly contributor to GHG emissions. Not only is this a health issue it is having a lasting and serious impact on our environment. As well as stoves our community use a number of energy sources in local health clinics that also are releasing high emissions into the world.

Report 

This project equips locals with solar power and electrical equipment for lighting, fans, nebulisers and refrigeration for medicines and vaccines. It will also build the capacity of local artisans to construct and roll-out the use of improved, energy efficient cookstoves, across the communities for cleaner cookstoves and supporting those who are least able to purchase them. These types of stove are more fuel efficient than traditional cookstoves, can be built and maintained locally, at low cost. We have managed to raise $896 so far, we need $5000 to transition one community into a carbon friendly community.

Thank you for your support

 
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