“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

 

 

Empowering Through Education

Troy Scholarship

At the end of January 2013, Lindy Blanchard traveled to Malawi to present scholarships to three girls who were recognized for their outstanding performance in the Malawi School Certification Examinations (MSCE).

Lindy Blanchard was contacted by Her Excellency, President Joyce Banda, about the dire needs of these three girls and Lindy assured her that 100X could find help for them.  100X and Troy University’s partnership in taking care of these three young ladies solidified when Dr. Jack Hawkins, the Chancellor of Troy University, joyfully provided a special international scholarship for four years for each young lady starting in the fall 2013.

The scholarships were presented in Malawi on 21st January, 2013. The President explained that it is one of her goals to empower young women through education. We are excited and honored to play a part in this vision and are extremely grateful to Troy University for making a great step to support this cause.

For additional press on this story, click here.

 

 

 

 

Happy Valentine’s, but What If You Never Knew Love…

On June 30, 2005 I never imagined what our son, Daniel James’ future would hold, but I knew from THIS day forward, it would be brighter than his past.

He came from a village in Madisi with Traditional Authority from the Chakhazas.  After both of his parents died, his uncle took him in and provided shelter and what little food he had to offer.  Daniel herded cattle everyday instead of attending school.  When Daniel’s health began to suffer, our generous chief, Napoleon Dzombe brought him to Mtendere Village.

Most people ignored Daniel, because he was “too old” to be cared for or “tamed”  ….he was 14 when he came to us.  Of course we were warned not to add teenagers to our village, because of so many “issues” they would bring… BUT WE ASKED OURSELVES…. “WHAT IF…..”

WHAT IF it was US who had never known what a family was and then were thrown into a village full of strangers, rules, chores, three meals a day, a bed, clothing, school, and .…

LOVE  for the first time in our life?”

Just like any family, we had our groans & aches, mistakes & achievements. We are all so much better for it all! God gave us the patience, guidance, & wisdom to be the best family we could be for Daniel!

After seven years, I am happy to say that our Daniel has graduated from college and is now working as a general clerk for Mtalimanja Holdings Ltd.

   Dear Daniel-We are so proud of you! Please go out into the world and pay it forward in Jesus’ name!

James, Daniel                   Daniel James 2012

If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child, like Daniel, click here to sign up!

Natalie’s Story

Natalie“In my country, girls like me disappear into the sex trade and their story ends very differently.  I know Stella’s Voice and 100X saved my life.”

I grew up in the largest orphanage in Moldova.  When I was four, my mom became blind in an accident.  My grandmother looked after me for a while, but it was hard because she didn’t have a job.  When I was seven, she put me in the orphanage.  

Being in the orphanage was not fun.  I had no one.  No one ever told me that I was loved.  I had no hope, and wanted to give up on life.

At 16, we “graduate” and are kicked out of the orphanage.  When I turned 16, I would cry myself to sleep.  The orphanage wasn’t great, but it was all I had.  I was told about the risk of human trafficking, but without a place to go, I didn’t know how to avoid this risk.  I didn’t know who to ask for help.

A few days before I was put out, I was told about Stella’s House. I didn’t believe something like this existed for me—an orphan.  I couldn’t believe that I would be able to continue my studies and be a normal kid.  Stella’s House and 100X taught me about Christ by showing that they care for kids like me—they gave me a future when I didn’t have any hope and the family I’ve always wanted!  In my country, girls like me disappear into the sex trade and their story ends very differently.  I know Stella’s Voice and 100X saved my life.

You can help us reach more at-risk girls like Natalie.  Find out more.

*100X has partnered with Stella’s Voice in Moldova since 2006.

You’re Invited! Join us for the 100X Winter Gala.

An evening to celebrate the work of 100X and help children and families across the globe achieve a more hopeful future.

Thursday, December 13, 2012 | 7:00pm

Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa | Alabama Ballroom 201 Tallapoosa Street | Montgomery, Alabama

Live Performance by Accent

as well as a $10K Cash Prize and Silent Auction

Business or Cocktail Attire

TICKETS | $100

Includes two gala tickets & one entry in cash prize drawing.*  Tickets are on sale now.

TEAM LEVERAGE

Purchase your own ticket and commit to recruit 5 friends. Team members will receive special recognition in program materials!

SPONSORSHIP

There are a variety of sponsorship levels available—ranging from in-kind donations for the silent auction to financial contributions of $10,000, $2,500, and $1,000.

QUESTIONS?

Visit our Gala page or contact our team at Gala@100XDevelopment.com or (334) 387-1170.

*You do not need to be present to win.

Trick or treat for kids around the world

 

It is the element of surprise that makes Halloween such an enjoyable time for many children. Dressing up in fun costumes, screams and scares, running around the neighborhood on a school night and collecting candy is all about the Trick or Treating fun.

As the Halloween excitement builds all around, students of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance from Auburn University Montgomery (AUM), organized the third annual “trick or treat” drive in their neighborhoods–a tradition started by Roselyne Bosco, now a graduate of AUM.

But, unlike the children in search of sweets, these students asked for a more nontraditional treat. Dressed up in their orange and black school colors, 10 students and two profressors took on the task of going door to door to collect hygiene items and school supplies. As this was quite an unusual ask, with permission through the neighborhood association at Sturbridge Plantation, students of the NPLA sent out flyers to every home allowing them to prepare for a different type of trick or treating to benefit children in our own community and across the globe.

This year, thanks to the effort of these students and the generosity of the community, we will be able to provide hygiene items and school supplies to children at Mtendere at Mtendere Village (Malawi) and Adullam House (Wetumpka, Alabama). We are very grateful!

Christina Kadzamira, Program Assistant