In a fast paced society when precious time is set aside for meetings to plan and organize, we are always humbled and so grateful for the opportunities given to enter into someone else's schedule to share our vision.
To make the everyday things stop for a while, and reflect on the needs of the many hurting and poverty stricken children in our world who need help and hope, is truly an honor that we don't take lightly.
To all of you who have hosted us and pledged your support, encouragement, and prayers, we again extend to you a heartfelt thank you.Together we can make a difference!
Local Seniors Group Get InvolvedThe local Harvey-Smith Community Seniors club get our acknowledgements for hosting The Julia Project in the fall of 2008.
Jim and I were treated to both a wonderful lunch and a wonderful time, with such a warm and welcoming group.
After our meal, they all settled in to hear Jim and I share our hearts about our travels to Kenya and our vision for our childrens charity, The Julia Project Foundation.
Good SportsPart of the fun was showing off some of the artifacts we had brought back from Garissa.
Two of the seniors obliged our request and volunteered to model the traditional clothing worn in Garissa.
Photo © The Julia Project Foundation
Buckhorn Seniors Model Somali Clothing
Generous DonationsNot only did we receive a generous donation from the group, but several individuals came forward after we had spoken and tucked money into our coin box that was part of our display.
Every donation, large or small, goes to help needy children.
Thank YouOur heartfelt thanks to Joan Edwards, our good friend who booked us for this, our very first, speaking engagement. It will always be a dear memory for both of us.
Childrens Bible School
Vacation Bible School HelpsWe give acknowledgements to a local children's Vacation Bible School (VBS) hosted The Julia Project to speak about our children's charity in Garissa, Kenya.
Chosen as the group’s international project, we were featured to bring awareness of the needs of others less fortunate in other countries.
Our ChallengeThis amazing group of youngsters took on our challenge to help. For the remainder of the week they were busy collecting pennies and coins to be sent to our African school project in the village of Garissa.
In just a few days, 138 young children raised $150.93!
Thank YouThank you and acknowledgements to the organizers and staff of the VBS who invited us and gave us this wonderful opportunity. Thank you to every one of the children at the VBS, who took on our challenge to help needy children.
As a result of all these efforts, African school children will know that they are not forgotten and that someone cares.
A Canadian child will know the value and joy of impacting the life of someone who cannot help themselves.
On behalf of our African friends and The Julia Project Foundation, Asante Sana - Swahili for Thank You Very Much!
Local Institute WomenWe also give acknowledgements to the local Selwyn Womens Institute ladies are a warm group of hard working women, with a strong sense of caring and community.
Jim and I were invited to come and share about our children's charity, The Julia Project, through our connection with one of their members, and our dear friend, Joan Edwards.
Joan has supported our efforts since we first met after our first
Garden Party Fundraiser
in 2008. Joan writes a community column in our local newspaper and has written us up many times, always helping to promote our vision.
Joan's friend, Beryl Harris, is the branch Citizenship and Legislation Convenor who encouraged us to be this months speaker.
We had an enjoyable afternoon sharing about our vision and answering their interesting questions.
We are so thankful for the opportunity and for the connections and new friends that we've made today.
Special thanks too, to Doreen Mann, their President, who made us so welcome and allowed us a generous portion of time in their agenda.
|Jim preparing to share about his adventures in Kenya, at The Selwyn Women's Institute.||Some of The Women's Institute ladies who listened so intently and made us feel at home.|
The Women's Institute Ode
A touching part of the opening of the meeting was when we all stood and joined together in reciting the following Ode. It is noted on their brochure that the first official reports of the Ode occurred between 1910 and 1915.
A goodly thing it is to meet
In Friendship's circle bright,
Where nothing stains the pleasure sweet
Nor dims the radiant light.
No unkind word our lips shall pass,
No envy sour the mind,
But each shall seek the common weal,
The good of all mankind.
It certainly speaks of who these women are.
Another little poem was entitled 'Coming Together' and it immediately reminded me of the Kenya country motto 'Harambee', which is one of the
National Symbols of Kenya
that means 'Let's all pull together' in Swahili.
The same heart of The Womens Institute, even though they are separated by so many miles.
It's our pleasure to give acknowledgements to all of these very special groups. Thank you for being a part of who we are and what we do to help hurting children.
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