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Alone We Cannot Solve The World’s Problems, But We Can Each Do Something

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By: Rene Moquin and Donna Salamoff
Donna and I have been involved with Marion Medical Mission and their efforts to install shallow water wells in remote villages in Malawi, Zambia and Tanzania East Africa.

During my volunteer work in Africa the past three years, I have visited 250 villages. It’s one thing to hear about children dying of waterborne diseases in the news. It’s another to have held their hands and witness the tears and joys of tasting clean protected water for the first time. We are making a difference.

Last year Donna joined me as a volunteer at the Embangweni School for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing located at the mission site and also as a volunteer to help install water wells when she was done working at the school. Donna, deaf herself, has worked as a certified teacher of the deaf and hearing for more than 30 years.

When not working on shallow wells, I joined Donna on a tour of the school. The physical needs are many: adequate food for the children, refurbishing the classrooms, redoing the chalkboards, providing text books for the students, improving the outdoor latrine/bath blocks for both hostels and meeting the basic needs for soap, toothbrushes/paste, towels, and toilet paper. Training for students in the repair of treadle sewing machines and reestablishing the chicken and rabbit projects would also be a great investment.

Aside from poor living conditions, the children also do not have access to the latest educational materials that we in America are fortunate to have. Teachers at the Embangweni School for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing are also lacking teaching materials. The condition of the housing and the lacking of the necessary educational materials have a huge effect on the well being of the children.

Student: “If there was no deaf school, I could have been a laughing stock, a beggar or something. But school has changed me. I am working hard to pass and get a course in computers in the future.”

How can you help? We are asking each of you to join us this holiday season by making a tax deductible contribution to the school. Do whatever you can.

We are assured that funds will be used as determined by the Headmaster and that adequate oversight has been established to assure proper use of all donations. Please make your tax deductible check payable to Presbyterian Church (USA) and write in the memo line “ECOE310702.” Send your donation to Rene’s attention at P.O. Box 4303, Estes Park, CO 80517. Please do so before the end of the year. If you have any questions, you can contact us at renemoquin@beyondbb.com or dsalamoff@gmail.com. Thank you!

 

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