UPDATE September 2008
Heading To Africa After Thanksgiving
Ground Work for 2009 Annual Trip
||It’s always so wonderful to put
together this newsletter because it allows me to see that we
are making progress!
believe that all children should receive an education,
because education is the best means of achieving stability
and safeguarding against extremist ideologies.
Education is also a source of joy and inspiration and an end
unto itself. Education is a source of social and
economic advancement as well as a vehicle for teaching
children to be good citizens."
5-11, 2008 is WORLD ORPHAN WEEK …
Help me by suggesting what can we do- together -
to capitalize on this!
Here’s what has
happened since the last newsletter:
Samaritan’s Feet has encountered a problem getting
shoes for November; however, I am working with one of the
executives and it is our sincere hope that we can have the
shoes for the December trip.
(We still need socks!)
Five of us will be going in December for the
school’s Christmas party … my daughter, Michele Costa
(her chemo treatments are over!); Frank Dalotto and his
wife, Elly (who is a nurse); Eileen Turcotte from Boston and
me. I am so
glad to have an expert with us who can give us advice on how
to help the children that need health problems corrected.
We leave the day after Thanksgiving and return
And, speaking of Christmas here’s the VERY good
Jersey Coast Red Cross is going to do a fund drive for us
with the goal of raising $10,000 so we can take 1,000
blankets and 1,000 shirts (that say Sylvia’s Children and
Jersey Coast Red Cross) for Christmas.
It is such a wonderful, heartwarming experience to
work with people who care.
Eileen has undertaken a fundraising effort to
purchase at least four – and up to eight – solar
powered, motion sensitive spotlights.
Although we have not heard any more about the burning
of schools in Kampala these lights could certainly deter
someone from coming into the school.
As always, thanks to Joe Corpina for helping me with the
IRS “stuff”. The
amount of paperwork exceeds the amount of money we raise!
Anyway, Joe, thanks for keeping us on course.
Thanks to Bettsy Szabocsik for getting the Back to School
mailing out. I will
have the Christmas one written by end of September and Michele has
volunteered to fold, label and seal.
We have 3,000 names in our database and it is quite a
project as it has to be sorted by carrier route.
Our church is having a bazaar October 11 and we will have a
October 19 is Children’s Sunday in our church and I have
been asked to do a 3 to 5 minute moment for mission. I hope to use some of the video.
It is very emotional.
Met with Liz Giacobbe who is the Principal of the Village
Elementary School here in Holmdel (around 1,000 students) who will
be planning a school-wide fund-raiser.
I am going to try and get the entire Holmdel School system
involved but … one step at a time.
Thanks to Leslie Segrete who set me up with an appointment
with Nancy Costo, an executive at DHL at JFK.
We are working on a way to transport everything without it
costing a fortune! Stay
Michele is “shepherding” a new brochure that has the
new needs for the school. Hopefully
we will have it by early October and you will all get a copy, if
Our next trip will be June 26 to July 7.
We will spend four days at the school, one day in Kampala
and at the equator, and then three days at Murchison Falls to see
giraffes, etc. h
And, although this is nine
months away I would like to get an idea of who wishes to join this
trip. If you have
gone before … the good news?
You don’t have to get another yellow fever shot!
Just FYI … Michele, Eileen and I have applied for
multiple entry visas. If you think you will go more than once this is a more
cost-effective way to get your visa.
More in November!
Thanks to all of your for your interest in, and love for,
these children at the Mbiriizi Advanc
Sylvia’s Children, Inc., 89 Middletown
Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733 is a 501(c)3 charity where 100% of the
donations go to the school. Administration
costs are absorbed by Allen Consulting so your donation is 100%
tax deductible. If you wish to help, just go to www.sylviaschildren.org.