Show Your Love4Malawi With Bags4Change
Project Hopetown is a big undertaking by the Clyde F. Green Foundation, to build a village of Hope for the citizens of the Republic of Malawi in Africa. MySchoolWorx has been involved from the very start.Located in sub-Sahara Africa, Malawi is one of the poorest counties in the world, with a GDP per capita of just $312. Malawi has 13.4 million people – 6 million of them are under the age of 14. Life is bleak in Malawi: Nearly 1,000,000 Malawians live with AIDS, and more than 1/3 of child deaths under the age of 5 are attributed to starvation. Those who survive AIDs and starvation usually do not not live beyond 43 years.
This tiny country with such desperate, basic needs has captured my heart, that of the Clyde F. Green Foundation, and the hearts of everyone here at MySchoolWorx.
MySchoolWorx and the Clyde F. Green Foundation – now recognized by the Malawian government as an official NGO (Non- Government Organization) – are working to create a self-sustaining village in Malawi (called Hopetown) with an infrastructure that provides fresh drinking water, agricultural development, healthcare and schools for its many children and families and more. This pioneer project is enormous but progress and fundraising have already begun. Over 500 acres have been secured to date, where farming has already begun, and the village that has been dubbed Hopetown could experience the beginnings of infrastructure development as early as 12 months from now. So much of that depends on our partners and funding. Like I said, it’s a huge project.
Love4MalawiWe recognized early on that a project of this magnitude will take time, and because the need is urgent, we want to have as much of a positive impact now as possible. For that reason, we have created Love4Malawi, a project within the overall effort that enables us to create positive change for Malawians every day.
Food? Farming? Urgent. There is no shortage of ways to help, and the needs are often very basic. Love4Malawi funds a feeding center where basic nourishment is made available. We send dollars for agricultural needs, such as maize seed and fertilizer, so Malawians can plant and grow crops for food and local commerce now. These are positive changes we can make in the lives of Malawians NOW.
Education? Supplies? Urgent. Most children in Malawi have never set foot in a school house, nor can they dream of such an experience. Education is critical to the future of each child and this struggling country. While building schools is a major part of our master plan, we’re not waiting until then to help. An orphanage in Southern Malawi houses one of the nation’s private schools, The Australian Private Secondary School, where Love4Malawi subsidizes teacher salaries, and provides basic school supplies.
Simply put, our funds make the difference between starvation and disease to nourishment and able bodies. From sitting on a school dirt floor with nothing to a modest desk with supplies. And it’s not just the kids – we’re assisting in the training of adults as well.Bags4Change=Love4Malawi
Beginning October 1st, we’ll be launching “Bags for Change = Love4Malawi” for K-12 schools in the U.S. who want to show their Love4Malawi. This is a completely voluntary program you can engage your school’s students, parents and families in to help provide Malawian children some survival basics, and hope for a future.
Classrooms and families can choose their own concerted time to save and collect their extra change in individual plastic baggies. Most schools pick 2 weeks and 3 weekends to do this. Some schools choose to run two campaigns; one before Christmas and another in the Spring. We’ll take those bags of change and turn them into food, medicine, backpacks, school desks and more.Bags4Change = Love4Malawi is so simple in concept, and easy to administer. It’s easy for even the smallest child to understand and participate, and a great cause for classrooms and entire schools to get behind. We provide a promotional kit to help you gain participation, as well as directions on how to submit your contributions, and public recognition for each participating school, classroom or family. We’ll keep you up to date on our progress via this blog.
If you are interested in learning more on how your school can participate, send us a message through this form.
I’ll be in touch with more news and information soon.