Friends, Family, and Sponsors,
Firstly, I would like to welcome you, as I hope for this to be the beginning of a beautiful and life-changing journey that we can share together! And before we start, may I encourage you to grab a cuppa, and take a few minutes to delve into my world.
For those of you who know me, you may be aware that I am extremely passionate about children and subsequently, their welfare. I have felt this way since before I can remember and am blessed to experience a deep desire to nurture, protect and advocate for the basic rights of disadvantaged children all over the world.
In 2013, this passion led me to an orphanage in Suarez (Argentina). Over 4 weeks, my friends and family were able to help me raise $1500 AUS. This money went such a long way! We were able to provide the orphanage with developmental toys for the nursery, basic arts and craft supplies, educational tools, and lots of sporting equipment for the very bare outside area.
In 2014, after much research, I was led to volunteer as an English teacher at Anlong-Pi free school, Siem Reap, Cambodia. This school was located at a dumpsite; where the children and their families lived to collect and trade recycled trash to survive. Upon arriving at Anlong-Pi free school I asked about the structure that appeared half built and asked what it was supposed to be. I was informed that it was intended to be a fourth classroom; to be set up as a home economics building to teach the young girls, and women of the community to sew.
Again, over six weeks, my friends, and family rallied together to answer my call and we raised just enough money to purchase sheets of tin, nails, and chicken wire to complete the building: desks, chairs, a cabinet, and FOUR sewing machines to furnish the classroom, and some tins of paint with which the children enjoyed adding their personal touch. It was a beautiful sight to see that classroom finished, furnished, and full of smiling faces on my last day at Anlong-Pi, and that happiness is thanks to the kindness and generosity of everyone who donated.
It is with these stories that I hope to inspire you to join me on my mission to raise funds to volunteer at Baby Watoto, Uganda, South Africa!
Baby Watoto is an orphanage like no other! The Watoto model has been designed to meet not only the physical needs of the children but the health care, education, social and spiritual development needs of the children. Baby Watoto cares for destitute babies between the ages of 0-2 years before they either graduate to a Watoto children’s village or are reunited with existing relatives.
Baby Watoto is, however, highly reliant on the support of regular volunteers and the generous donations of people like you to continue the life-changing services they provide!
It is my hope that you will help support me in my quest to volunteer at Baby Watoto for 1 month, and, as thanks for your donation, I will be sewing much needed clothing supplies for the children of Baby Watoto in which I will personally deliver.
It is my promise to you that for every donation I will personally craft, or attain by way of other means, the following clothing needs in accordance with the 2016 Baby Watoto International Needs List:
$10 = Bib
$20 = Burp Cloth
$40 = Short/Pant
$50 = Shirts
$80 = Dresses
$100 = Baby Sweaters
$120 = Baby Sleepers
$150 = Baby Shoes
$200 = Towels
$500 or more = All of the above + small souvenir + Postcard
$1000 or more = All of the above + small souvenir + Postcard + T-Shirt with image and thank you message!
Your donations will go directly towards the following expenses:
Flights = $3000
Placement = $1050
Application Fee = $140
Facilitation Fee = $839
Entry Visa = $140
Volunteer Visa = $210
Living Expenses = $400
It is only with YOUR help that we can continue to make a difference to the lives of our worlds most vulnerable children. ALL children deserve to sleep with a roof over their heads, to have clean clothes, access to clean food and water and most importantly to wake up to the loving arms of someone who genuinely cares about them.
It is at this point that I would like to thank you for taking the time to delve into my world, for even just a moment! I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart if you have chosen to jump in feet first and join me on this journey, and in the case that you cannot make a donation, I would be forever grateful to receive an encouraging message. Please keep my in your prayers as I prepare for South Africa!
I highly recommend that you follow the below link and witness for yourself the truly AMAZING work being done at Baby Watoto:
“Follow your deepest passions to experience your greatest joys”