Monday, January 23, 2012

Mom Bloggers for Social Good Nyanya Project

Have you ever heard of the Nyanya Project?  No, I hadn't either.  (If you have, you're much more informed than I!)  This non-profit group began in 2007 when Mary Martin Niepold volunteered in AIDS orphanages in  2007.  She continued to ask who was helping the grandmothers, and the response she received over and over again was NO ONE.

As a result of this, she chose to start the Nyanya Project helps grandmothers keep their orphans loved, cared for, educated, safe, and healthy. After they learn to care for HIV-infected family members and reinvest income, the grandmothers become role models for other women in their communities. This sustainable model allows the grandmothers to become independent, and it ensures continued care for their families. You probably know about the major issue AIDS is in Africa.  I think we tend to forget in this country that there are so many that suffer with that disease.  When I was growing up, AIDS was something that people constantly talked about, but now it is one of those topics we "forget" about.

My heart goes out to these innocent children who suffer from AIDS.  The Nyanya Project has work going on in Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda.  It is Rwanda where they plan to open a new preschool.  Their goal is to raise $20,000 by Mother's Day.  That is only $20 from 1000 people.

This is certainly a worthwhile organization, and if you are looking for a place to donate money, this project could certainly use your donation.  I know that economic times are tough, but I guess I look at it this way.  Even the poorest person in this country is normally rich when compared with most of the rest of the world.  And we often bemoan the fact that we can't chance the world.  While one person may not be able to change the world, we can change the world one person at a time.

You can read the blog post from Mom Bloggers for Social Good here.


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