Fall Donation Drive!

Can you feel it?

The air is getting colder, the leaves are beginning to fall, and stores are starting to decorate for the holidays! Winter is coming! If you’re like us, you might be thinking it’s time to do some “fall cleaning” to get ready for the changing seasons. What better time to clean out some of those unworn clothes and other odds and ends that might be cluttering up your home?

If you come across anything in your closets that you don’t need anymore, we’d love for you to check and see if it’s one of the items we are currently collecting for our Fall Donation Drive! Right now, we are getting ready to send a new shipment of items to Mtendere Village and we’d love to have your help stocking the boxes full of goodies to send to our friends in Malawi.

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Here’s an idea of some “most wanted” items we are looking for:

Boys and girl’s dress clothing, athletic clothing, everyday clothing, underwear, jackets, soccer/basetballs, outdoor toys, and backpacks

Towels, blankets, pillows, sheets, rugs, and curtains

Pots, pans, cooking utensils, furniture, bookshelves, desks, filing cabinets, flower pots, buckets, suitcases, and storage bins

Clocks, educational posters, all types of school supplies, chapter books, scientific calculators, and colored printer paper

 

If you have any of these items, we would love for you to bring them to the 100X office located at 7020 Fain Park Drive, Suite 5, Montgomery, AL 36117.

Feel free to call us at (334) 387-1178 if you have any questions!

Thank you for your help!

Guest Post: Malawi, Summer 2015

After the amazing summer we had in Malawi with the many volunteer teams that visited Mtendere Village, we have loved hearing about how the Lord has impacted the lives of those who served with our children. One of the groups that visited sent us some testimonies from their group about what it was like to serve and love our children through tutoring and facilitating Vacation Bible School. We’d like to share with you what these wonderful volunteers wrote about their experiences:

“Our team leader gave a speech to the children of Mtendere on our first day in Malawi. He said, ‘the people on this team loved you before they even met you.’ I remember thinking how true that statement was. When we finally saw these children for the first time, I was overwhelmed with love that I had felt for these children for months leading up to the trip. I traveled around the world to see them and to show them that love and give these children as much as my heart as possible in two weeks.

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My favorite place to be was in the middle of a group of kids. I loved being surrounded by so many precious hearts. It’s amazing to watch them reflect what God wants us to be like in our faith. They have joy – a joy that can’t be taken from them. Someone from the village said one day, “if you can’t be happy here, where else can you be happy?” They believe in limitless possibilities and they have the most fun learning about new things. Interacting with the children at Mtendere taught me so many things, but above all, they taught me how to love everyone.

One night our team leader led a devotional in the village on being a light for the rest of the world. He used glow sticks to illustrate this, and every child got one. We continued to worship in the dark after his words because it all took place during a power outage. As I looked around at all the glow sticks and listened to the children YELL their praises to God I found myself in tears. I was experiencing worship with abandon. I was in the middle of a group of people who didn’t care how they looked or sounded. Their focus was on praising their Lord and Savior. I feel like the people of Mtendere gave me so much more than I gave them. But I know that’s how the family of God works, we come together and we are encouraged by one another. I know I have done that for Mtendere, and Mtendere has definitely done that for me.”

– Maggie (first time in Malawi)

 

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“Tutoring the children at Mtendere village was the most extraordinary and special experience I have ever had. This summer was my first time in Malawi and I am incredibly honored to have Although it was not always easy teaching them about negative numbers, sentence structure, about the Bible lessons, it was a truly amazing experience to connect and work with them. I’ll never forget when we were about to leave Malawi and the three girls I had taught hugged me and said, “I will miss you AK.” It meant so much more than they could ever imagine. I know the numerous hours of tutoring each day was not easy for them, but I could tell that they really appreciated us being there and that is an indescribable feeling. It’s been two months since I’ve been back in America, but not a day goes by where I don’t think about the many life and God lessons that I learned from the children at Mtendere village.”

– Alysa (first time in Malawi)

 

“Growing up I would have never thought that I would travel even down my own street to tutor young children, let alone to the opposite side of the world. So, when I was called to go on my first trip a year ago I felt inadequate and unsure even about teaching English and math. But there’s something different about Malawi and the children in Mtendere village which make it easy somehow. The young children I worked with have hearts like no other and a longing to learn more each day. While it is cliche to say ‘you will learn more from them then they will from you,’ I don’t believe that statement could be anymore true. While we can teach them simple addition or how to write an outline for an English paper; they teach us about true joy and how to love with your whole heart. As time passes there, it’s easy to grow tired from waking up early and staying up late every day working on academics. But when you see the joy in a child’s eye who finally understands something he or she’s been struggling with it makes it all worth while. That’s a feeling that you simply can’t compare to any other. This alone is reason enough to draw me to a place so far from where I’ve always called home. I’ve made that long journey two years in a row now, and I can honestly say that I pray every day for my family in Malawi and for God to reunite me with the children I love teaching so much.”

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– Nicole (second time in Malawi)

Summer of Blessings: Mtendere Children’s Village Update

This summer has been one of continued growth and development for Mtendere Children’s Village in Malawi. Between March and August of this year, 100X was able to coordinate and send 6 teams to Malawi in order to meet specific needs of the Village. We would like to especially thank our teams that joined us from Auburn Church of Christ, Faulkner Christian University, Kusewera, Lipscomb University and the Sara Walker Foundation. We are so thankful to you for blessing us with your presence, hard work, and financial support this summer and for your partnership with us! Along with these teams, five members of the Mtendere Care Committee were able to travel to Malawi to oversee the summer projects and to evaluate how the programs of the village were running.

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A major focus of the summer was on education. Most notably, we were able to complete our first group of ninth graders as well as completing the construction of a second school block! The new school block that cost $22,672 was completed in only 2 months. This beautiful new building is now being used for 9th and 10th grade at Mtendere Christian Academy, which is officially recognized as a private secondary school under the Ministry of Education in Malawi. We also celebrated the graduation of our 12th graders, and we are extremely excited to see what the journey holds for them as they prepare for colleges in 2016.

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We are very thankful to have had the help of Lipscomb University School of Education, organize a teacher training seminar for our primary and secondary teachers. The Care Committee was able to develop and implement many new education policies in order to help our academic programs run smoothly.

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Besides developments in education, we also received help in the areas of spiritual development, campus development, house mom training, sex education, and extracurricular programs. The children were able to participate in Vacation Bible School (VBS) and studied the Miracles of Jesus.   It is our greatest desire to see each child grow in faith as they discover the love of Christ and understand that they are adopted into a family that deeply cares for them.

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As we come to the close of 2015, Malawi has projected a food shortage that will affect over half of the country. Our Major goal this year in the area of campus development is to increase our food produce. This summer, we were able to improve our gardens with the goal to harvest more vegetables and corn to allow Mtendere Village become more self-sustaining by the end of this year.

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As we watch our children growing at Mtendere, we understand the great importance of sex education in a society where HIV/AIDS prevalence and teenage pregnancies are high. Teenage pregnancy, one of the top reasons for high school dropouts in Malawi, can hinder our youth’s education and future. We hope to break this cycle and ensure that our children understand the importance of abstinence. Through providing a safe learning environment, the care committee and house mothers took initiative to talk to the older boys and girls about sex education and dating relationships.

To close the summer off, the children participated in extracurricular programs that involved sports, physical education, singing and dancing, cooking, photography, and fashion.We have definitely seen  the village growing in numerous ways,and We are so thankful for what the Lord continues to do in Malawi. We grateful beyond measure to those who gave their time, money, and talents to our Mtendere family this summer. Thank you again to all who participated in a trip and we bless you and your families for what you have given to your Malawian brothers and sisters in Christ.

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Mtender Children’s Village: 10 Year Celebration Gala

In this joyous season, come celebrate the abundance of Love, Peace, Growth,

Happiness and Family God has provided to 

Mtendere Children’s Village as we happily rejoice its 10th year!

Friday, December 12, 2014

7:00 pm

The Warehouse @ Alley Station

130 Commerce Street, Montgomery AL 36104

Food, Music, Family & Friends!

$5,000 Cash Prize, Silent Auction and Raffle Items

Business or Cocktail Attire

Tickets:  $100

admits two people & one entry in cash prize drawing

*You do not need to be present to win.

Purchase

QUESTIONS?

 contact us at Gala@100XDevelopment.com or (334) 387-1152

PHILIPPINES: Typhoon Haiyan

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On Friday, 8 November 2013, the most powerful tropical cyclone ever recorded to make landfall slammed into the small fishing town of Guiuan on the Eastern tip of Samar, Philippines. Typhoon Yolanda (local name “Haiyan”), brought wind gusts of up to 314 km/hour, then continued to unleash its fury as it tore through the Philippine Islands over the next two days. The country’s second-deadliest typhoon ever recorded wreaked catastrophic damage in the Central Philippines, particularly in Samar and Leyte.

More than 12 million people have been affected by the devastation. Thousands of people have been rendered homeless and scores more displaced. Vast areas are still without power and people’s livelihoods have been completely devastated as families are without food, clean water, power, fuel, medical attention and shelter. With many people still missing the death toll continues to still rise.

Through the dedication of the Institute for Foundational Learning, Inc. (IFL) and its countless volunteers, this organization has been able to extend their reach to provide relief work in these affected areas. The IFL is a non-profit organization intensely dedicated to relieving the pressures of poverty through education, medical relief, agriculture and livelihood trainings, malnutrition feeding programs, moral and spiritual development and disaster relief and reconstruction.

In this effort, through our connection with the IFL’s Board of Director, Ms. Patricia Oh, 100X has established a new partnership with the Institute to help provide care for the people in desperate need.

 

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 The IFL’S Immediate Goals for December:

 

  1. Provide Christmas blessings for 1000 families in all of the areas we have already visited including  two new barangays (villages ) in Guindapunan and Cabarasan Daku, Palo, Leyte consisting of Solar lights; Christmas gifts, candy and cookies for the children; and packages of food.
  2. Provide Medical Mission in the two new barangay (villages ) mentioned in #1 in , leyte including the Christmas blessings
  3. Begin construction of typhoon resistant houses for the 48 houses on Magalombe Island and the 91 houses in Barotac Viejo that were totally destroyed by typhoon Yolanda.
  4. Repair the main structure and construct a new barn for our IFL Center in Barotac,Viejo Iloilo.

 Ultimate Goal:

  1. Complete the typhoon resistant houses for the remaining 861 houses in the affected areas that we are now working in.
  2. Rebuild the 4 IFL schools and 3 churches destroyed by the typhoon
  3. Provide materials for the island fishing families to build their boats enabling them begin anew their livelihood and transport their children to the mainland daily for school

 

You can join us in this important work in helping the people of the Philippines by making a contribution to 100X Development Relief Fund. With your support we can:

  • Help rebuild homes and provide solar power
  • Help the IFL volunteers continue bringing hope to many families through spiritual Nourishment
  • Send relief goods and medical supplies 

 

The strengths that you share will help us make the difference. Most importantly, it will help bring JOY and HOPE to those that have been so devasted and broken.To learn more about our partnership opportunities and the LEVERAGE campaign, email Leverage@100XDevelopment.com.

To receive a tax deductible contribution receipt, please send your gift to: 

100X Development- Relief Fund

7020 Fain Park Drive

Montgomery, AL 36117

 

From the Heart of Dixie to the Warm Heart of Africa

Our visits to Mtendere Village every summer spark excitement and joy in our children as they anticipate hearing from their sponsors and receiving gifts. It is like Christmas in June. We would like to thank all our children’s sponsors for investing in these young souls. We do not doubt that the children know they are loved and cared for. Although we are not able to carry all the goods in suitcases, with the help from donors, we have been blessed to send a shipping container full of supplies each year.

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At the end of this month, a 40-foot shipping container filled with school and medical supplies, books, toys, tools, sports equipment, Soccer balls and jerseys, clothes, hygiene items, bed sheets blankets and mattresses will be sent to Malawi, Africa. We are still short some supplies and hope to have a few more items donated. Please join us to help in this mission.

This is how you can help:

  1. Commit to providing selected supplies on the list below
  2. Help by making a monetary donation which will allow for some goods to be purchased by 100X

If shipping to us, send to the below address:

100X Development Foundation

7020 Fain Park Drive

Montgomery, AL 36117

If dropping items off in person, packages can be delivered to:

Landmark Church of Christ

(Missions Barn)

1800 Halcyon Blvd

Montgomery, AL 36117

For further information Please contact Christina: ckadzamira@100XDevelopment.com

Things Needed at Mtendere Children’s Village

Hygiene supplies:

  • Girl’s Sanitary pads
  • Shavers
  • Deodorant
  • Tooth brushes
  • combs
  • Bathing soap bar
  • Under wear (all ages: boys & girls)
  • Socks (all sizes)
  • Bathing towels & face cloths
  • Sports bras / bras & slips

Health supplies (for house moms and children)

  • Cold medicines
  • Tylenol
  • Arthritis creams
  • Arthritis wrist and knee support bandages
  • First aid kits

House supplies (can be second hand/ used extra house hold items which are in good shape) 

  • blankets and bed sheets,
  • (hospital mattresses)
  • kitchen supplies: pots, plastic plates & cups, utensils
  • second hand furniture
  • floor mats & carpets
  • big cooking pots for the main kitchen

School supplies & items for children 

  • umbrellas/Raincoats for day scholars
  • Traveling bags, for boarding students
  • Solar power scientific calculators, composition books, rulers, pens/ pencils/ colors, any school type items for children grades 1-12J
  • Desk calendars for Mtendere teachers
  • Paint, paint brushes, canvas, wool & knitting items, beads for skills room
  • Play toys and educational toys

Tools

  • tools: Hammer, Pry bar, screw drivers
  • garden water hoes
  • Torches for security guards and houses.
  • wheel barrow
  • buckets

Clothes & shoes

  • clothes (all ages)
  • shoes (all sizes)
  • flip flops
  • any sports uniform
  • neck ties
  • belts

Big items: (we will also be taking up monetary donation if any donor would like to help purchase the following items)

  • 30 X60 Tent : used for youth rallies, community gatherings, and is an income generator for Mtendere (rented out for big functions)
  • Industrial Shelving.
  • Cafeteria chairs

Things Needed at Blessings Hospital

  • Metal receivers (kidney dishes) for minor procedures and maternity
  • Gloves both sterile and clean (in large quantity
  • Large and medium artery forceps
  • Spongy holding forceps
  • Cord clamps plastic
  • Drapes for obstetric procedures (maternity delivery) and surgery procedures
  • Sanitary Diapers  large and medium size
  • Digital measuring scale for new born babies
  • Pediatric nebulizer masks and oxygen nasal cannular
  • LAP sponges
  • Digital fetal scope
  • Scalpel blade holders
  • Pulse oximeter
  • Blood chemistry machine
  • Cbc machine
  • Desk top computers for (reception, cashier, laboratory, pharmacy, maternity, surgery center, doctor’s office.
  • Water bath with attached thermometer
  • Thermometer, room temp
  • Colored bed sheets
  • Blankets
  • Screening covers sheets for mobile clinics and wards
  • Window curtains
  • Filter papers Laboratory
  • Glass microscope slides
  • Microscope
  • Digital film processor (x-ray)
  • Lockable office cabinet drawers
  •  Formula milk i.e. F75, F100 and lactogen  1 and 2

 

 

 

 

 

“Botto-lo! Botto-lo!”

I will never forget seeing those little faces running as fast as their bare feet could go, stretching out their little arms and screaming,

“Botto-lo! Botto-lo!” 

These were the sounds of the children we met on the road to Liwonde National Park in Malawi Africa with our study abroad team from Auburn University. 

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How is it that these bottles we throw away everyday would be so desperately desired?

You can imagine our surprise when we found out that they have to walk more than a mile to get water from a borehole, so they use these bottles for storing their drinking water.The adults also use them for storing cooking oil or scraps of food.

These children were not running alongside our bus for ice-cream, candy, or toys but they begged for our empty used plastic bottles!

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It almost felt like a culture shock to be reminded that people in my own country live in conditions with little to survive on. It is a harsh reality. The main power lines disappeared in the distance, and not one home had running water.

I was immediately humbled when I realized that These children are from the poorest families of the nation of Malawi…

My home. 

They are part of the 74% who live with less than $1.50 per day.

They are part of the 15% who can’t go to school

and these children are part of the 1.4 Milllion

who are involved in child labor!

I know these statistics are true…but seeing the children face to face was a helpless feeling! We gave easily over 100 bottles that day to that village, but we still felt the weight of the situation as we slept in our chalets at our 5 star safari lodge.

However, in the midst of all this I saw HOPE.

I saw hope as we passed a school building with many children playing outside. I saw Hope in the small church  in the middle of the fields. I felt HOPE as the people waved and smiled at us.

I was hopeful because there are many organizations and countless sponsors that have come alongside 100X to instill hope in such devastated areas. The amount of time and resources that people have dedicated is immeasurable and has a huge impact in making a change in the world.

Knowing that our children from Mtendere Village were rescued from these statistics EMPOWERS us to keep fighting the fight against poverty, AIDS, slavery….

Please keep praying and rescuing THESE children with us!

If you are interested to join us in this important work and lend your skills and energy to protect children from poverty, please read about our sponsorship program.

 

GLOBAL OUTREACH

 

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Students of Alabama Christian Academy (ACA), a local school in Montgomery, Alabama, have continued to show great support to the children of 100X. Through the effort of students in elementary school, 3 boxes of medical and hygiene items were collected and will be donated to Mtendere Children’s Village and Blessings Hospital, in Malawi.  The students also collected enough money to buy 6 months worth of medicine supply for Mtendere.

For many people in Malawi, it is difficult and expensive to have access to simple drugs such as over the counter pain killers or even cold medicine. About eighty percent of the 15 million Malawians live in remote rural areas which has created challenges in delivering health services to such areas. Drug shortages are common and many small rural clinics are constantly sending patients away because they have no treatment available to give them.

We are absolutely thankful for the students at ACA for taking the initiative to assist and respond to this problem. A special thanks to Cecilia Porterfield, Jill Sanderson and the Elementary School Principal, Doug Black.

Thank you for your hard work and commitment to IMPACT lives in Malawi!

 

HAVE YOU SPOKEN TO YOUR CHILD TODAY?

 One of the MOST important parts

of being a sponsor…

 Letting your child hear your voice! 

Write your child a letter TODAY! 

We truly appreciate your financial support for your child at Mtendere Village and we could NOT do this without YOU.  You are not required to buy presents for your child; however it is optional if you would like to send small gifts.  We suggest no more than TWICE a year on sending gifts and NOW is one of those times! 

Idess, Mirram, & Yamikani receiving letters from their sponsors, The Burnside Family
Idess, Mirram, & Yamikani receiving letters from their sponsors, The Burnside Family

Suggested Gifts for your Child

Small Children:

  • Small photo albums of you, your family, pets, etc..
  • Postcards of your hometown or vacation spots
  • Small books
  • Stationary & stickers
  • Any school or art supplies
  • Playing cards
  • Small cars, tractors, and balls
  • Candy & gum

Pre-teens & Teenagers:

  • Small photo albums of you, your family, pets, etc..
  • Postcards of your hometown or vacation spots
  • Educational Magazines & small easy to read novels (G & PG only)
  • Candy & gum
  • Deflated soccer balls
  • Disposable cameras
  • Knitting needles & wool for older girls
  • Stationary, pens, & envelopes
  • Any school or art supplies
  • Playing cards
  • Earrings
  • Purses
  • Belts & neck ties
Ronald receiving his letter from his sponsors, The Dapprich family
Ronald receiving his letter from his sponsors, The Dapprich family

*Some sponsors have customized pens & notebooks with their child’s name or photo on it from Walgreens.

Suggestions on how to show appreciation to your child’s House Mother (separate zip lock bag)

  • A letter of encouragement
  • Stationary, pens, & envelopes
  • Inspiring small Novels
  • Tea bags
  • Mosquito spray
  • Hand lotion

Please send your letters/ pictures/gifts no later than the 20th of May! Everything must fit in ONE gallon-sized freezer bag (per child). Please label the freezer bag with your child’s full name and your name.  Take everything out of boxes and remove tags to save space.

Zikomo ~  Mama Dana

Please mail or deliver to our office:  7020 Fain Park Dr. suite 6, Montgomery, AL  36117 

Interested in being a sponsor?  Click here to join the Mtendere family!

SWEET SIXTEEN NEW FACES

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“Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.” Nelson Mandela.

At the end of October 2012, we adopted 16 Children into our Mtendere family. We had an overwhelming response from sponsors who were ready to pick a second child to support and others who wanted to become a first time sponsor, and in less than two months, we found full sponsorships for ALL 16 children. Getting to learn and know these 16 precious lives, the same issues resounded out of their story: Hurt, Hopeless and Helpless. Their fragile bodies had experienced hardship with physical labor; their worn hearts had experienced some sort of loss of a close loved one. It is hard to believe that all these children experienced so much suffering in their lives. However, in the midst of all of this God was moving. It has been almost 5 months now and the little faces have lit up with smiles. They are no longer afraid of the unknown. At Mtendere they have been given a new home and a house mom to love and care for them every day.  Instead of farming the fields at eight years old or herding the cows all day for money or food, they can play and be children again. They can go to school and not worry about where their next meal will come from. Please keep our sixteen new children in your prayers.

If you are interested in sponsoring any of our high school children, please click here