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Jan-Dec 2012 Orphan Education Fund:
When you come across a school and see children sitting outside, the words that come to mind might be: trouble-maker or deviant.  But very few people would suspect that the children are actually double HIV orphans with no one to pay for their school fees and are therefore resorting to sitting outside of the open school windows and doors trying to absorb as much amazing new knowledge as possible in hopes of paving their way to a brighter future. This was reality in eLangeni, a small rural village, for 13 children named Sizo, Sibusiso, Celimphilo, Nencedo, Lungelo, Njabuliso, Siphesihle, Nkhosingiphile, Nosipho, Nomfundo, Gcinile, Mazwi, and Miriam before Give Hope, Fight Poverty came along!  The GHFP orphan education scholarship program provides school fees, uniforms, school supplies, and school shoes to orphans who would otherwise be unable to recieve an education that is the single most crucial factor to lifting themselves out of poverty. It is $418 to send one child to school for a year and with the new 2012 school year starting in January - we need your help now!  Any contribution you can make - no matter how small - would be life-changing for these young children.

You've already met Nomfundo (Sizo's older sister) and Mazwi Maziya in previous eNewsletters, so I'm now honored to introduce Sizolwetho Msibi.

We first met Sizo when he was a young child in primary school.  Back then he had dreams of becoming an AIDS researcher to create a vaccine so other children did not have to lose their parents to such a terrible disease.  Recently, however, at 14, he has decided to become a singer and song writer - this kid definitely has pipes! In the photo above, you can see him in front of his homestead proudly showing off his new outfit (purchased by the US girls from the last Service-learning trip) and his homemade storyquilt square.  He is involved with his school's a capella trio and also plays the drums for the "band".  He learned his trade from his mother who constantly sang gospel music around the home.  He uses singing as an empowerment tool to comfort him when he is hungry or feeling lonely.  Sizo recently won a school-wide award as a freshman for his excellence in English and literature.  He earns marks that rank him top in his class.  He is a good boy with a huge heart and the potential to be a change agent for not only his family but also his country.  We at GHFP thank you for your past many years of supporting SIzo.  Without the Education Scholarship, Sizo would be among the many who are sitting outside of an open school window at this very moment. 

These items below are made by African artists with renewable African materials. This first lot is from Swaziland and South Africa; however, please stay tuned for another lot soon! 100% of the proceeds will go back to the African artists and GHFP orphan programs (like the Education Scholarship)!

Please consider hosting a 'GHFP Party for a Purpose' with your friends, co-workers, and/or family in the Lafayette or Indianapolis area and you will receive either 20% of the sales toward purchasing our Artisan Direct goods or 20% of the sales toward a future GHFP Service-Learning or Scouting trip!

Half Man-Half Animal Wooden Statue

Yours for a $15 donation
(Add $5 shipping)

Wooden Serving Set with Bone Handle

Yours for a $15 donation
(Add $5 shipping)

Beaded Wooden Man and Woman

Yours for a $30 donation (or $15 separately)
(Add $7 shipping)

Painted and Beaded Wooden Mask

Yours for a $15 donation
(Add $5 shipping) 
Swaziland is a small land-locked country with an alarmingly high unemployment rate.  This rate swells even higher when taking into account women and the elderly.  Many of the artisans we support are "Go-gos" (grandmothers) who are now supporting their orphaned grandchildren. Thank you for helping us help them! 

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