Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Meet Neatness, age 14. Hear her story of courage, hope, and love. Neatness' last words to us before we left her were these: "I hope my story helps thousands of kids, just like me, all around me."
We do too. Help make Neatness' wish come true. Watch her story, share it with friends, then Be a Voice at http://www.ForgottenVoices.org so we can help send thousands of kids back to school.
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Neatness holds a sign up to thank her church for a program at school.
The beautiful homestead of the Nyoni Family, where Neatness lives with 17 people.
Obert, the homebased care counselor and Orphan Support Officer, who introduced us to Neatness and helps lead a team of volunteers that check up on her and over 2,000 kids around the country.
Neatness loves her grandmother, who you will also see in the film.
Neatness is one of the many children assisted by the Mtshabezi Mission National AIDS Programme, part of the Brethren in Christ Church - Zimbabwe.
In partnership with the BICC Zimbabwe church and MCC, we are helping this National AIDS Programme make the following impact:
For what: School fees for 1,742 primary students and about 650 secondary students; Voluntary Counseling & Testing programme (VCT); Peer Education Programme to start AIDS Action Clubs; Homebased Care programme training and distribution of Home Based Care kits; Staff & office expenses for AIDS programme
# Impact: 2,400 school fees, 400 Voluntary Counseling & Testing clients; 125 schools for Peer Education Programme; and 800 homebased care workers trained & 500 Homebased Care kits distributed; 150+ receive ARVs through the clinic, with support from MCC & Forgotten Voices, as well as a nearby hospital.
Partners: BIC World Missions and Mennonite Central Committee
PRAY: For the health workers, volunteer coordinators, and impact. Pray for Neatness, her family, and those that care for her. Pray for God to provide opportunities today for those serving on the ground to love someone in need. Pray for all the people that will see this video...that they may be moved to act on Neatness' story.
YOU: As Neatness said to us: "I hope this helps thousands of kids, just like me, all around me." We do too. Watch her story, share it with friends, and act by making a gift at ForgottenVoices.org or sending a check to Forgotten Voices, PO Box 1368; Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-1368.
NEXT STOP: Tomorrow, we'll look at more ways you and others are helping share Neatness' story, before we continue in our Journey Across Africa to meet some of the kids Neatness' hopes for...wishes for...prays for. See you then!
Written by Ryan - ForgottenVoices.org at 11/17/2009 02:43:00 PM