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.

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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

 

LEVERAGE: 5 Ways You Can Help End Human Trafficking

LEVERAGE…

Your voice. 

Posts and tweets.  Social media is the modern day equivalent to a soapbox in the town square.  Whether you are using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or something else, you have a platform to share about what human trafficking is and what we can do to stop it.

Conversations.  “Evil flourishes in the darkness, and the only remedy is to expose and fight against it.” (John Blanchard)  By sharing with your family, friends and colleagues, you can play a part in exposing human trafficking for the evil that it is. Get involved!  Do what you can to educate yourself and others about this modern day exploitation of innocent victims. 

To Lawmakers.  Support from local and national lawmakers is critical to ending human trafficking, and your voice impacts their decisions.  Just last month, the White House announced new efforts to end human trafficking—and it was the voice of advocates that brought this issue to the forefront.  Write a letter; call your representatives.  Let them know that you care about ending this violent exploitation.  If you are in the US, request that your representative on Capitol Hill support the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA).

Your talents.

How can you give?  The possibilities are endless.  Advocates around the globe are using their talents as songwriters, photographers & videographers, doctors, bakers, writers, painters, graphic design artists, teachers, and encouragers to make a difference.  In your own special way, you can use what is already in your hands to influence great change.

Your finances.

Human trafficking is a well organized, $32 billion industry, and fighting against that takes resources.  Your financial support directly impacts our ability to protect more children against exploitation.

Your time.

Educate yourself.  There are many ways that you can educate yourself about human trafficking – books, movies, websites, and even Facebook and Twitter. Here are a few to help you get started.

100X & Human Trafficking.  What We are Doing and Blog Updates

BooksGirls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd, Half the Sky by Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and A Crime So Monstrous by Benjamin Skinner

Movies. Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, Human Trafficking and Trade

WebsitesPolaris Project Resource CenterUN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking, and State Department Office to Monitor & Combat Trafficking in Persons

Host an event; start a fundraising campaign.  Movie night, book club, 5Ks and sports tournaments, concerts and birthday parties.  Gather some friends and be creative!  If you’re interested in fundraising, we’ve made it easy.  You can develop a campaign page at Razoo, and start sharing with your friends in minutes.

Your prayers.

We very much believe there is an enemy that does not want human trafficking to end, but each one of us has at our disposal the most powerful weapon of warfare—and that is prayer.  Please, pray for the girls, for those working to help them, and for exposure of those who are exploiting them.  Your prayers are critical to pushing back against the darkness.

If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-3737-888.  It is free and confidential (24/7).

If you have any questions, send an email to LEVERAGE@100XDevelopment.com, and our team will be happy to provide information or talk through any ideas you may have!

Winnie’s Footprint

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you today.  On Friday morning, I received word from our team at Mtendere that one of our children, Winnie Kate, passed away from complications of HIV.  She was three months old.  This is not the update that I hoped to share.

From the time Winnie came in to our lives, just one week after her birth, we prayed that she would defeat the odds and be our miracle baby.  Although she was only with us for three months, the footprint that Winnie has left on our hearts is deep.  Today, I rest in the knowledge that He has a plan far beyond what I can imagine.

As with every story, Winnie’s began far before she drew her first breath.  She was born to an alcoholic mother that did nothing to prevent the transmission of HIV during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.  At first glance, it is very easy to invoke criticism; however, as we look closer, the picture that so quickly forms in our minds begins to blur.

Winnie’s mother is 16 years old.  She is the daughter of a prostitute.  She is the third “wife” of a man twice her age.  She is HIV positive.  She is an alcoholic.  She is a reflection of what 100X is fighting to prevent – a young woman who stares into her future and sees only darkness.  A child with no hope.

I do not believe it was a coincidence that Katie was volunteering at Lumbadzi Clinic on the day Winnie was brought in.  It was quickly apparent during her wellness checkup that Winnie’s family was not equipped to care for her.  Her mother, already in despair, had left her to return to the bar, her father was detached, and the aunt caring for her considered her a burden.  When Katie mentioned Mtendere Village, there was no hesitation to allow us to care for her.  After confirmation from the social welfare office, Winnie legally joined the Mtendere family.

Winnie was meant to know great love – and she received it at Mtendere Village.  Her 147 new brothers and sisters celebrated her arrival, and our team quickly made room to welcome Winnie and create a plan to ensure she receive the best care available.

We were blessed by the medical team who took care of Winnie – Dr. Hans, the German pediatrician who oversaw her care, the team from Baylor that ensured she received her ARV medication and proper nutrition, and Dr. Bruce Smith who did more than I can possibly express here, all deserve recognition. Amayi Eunice became Winnie’s primary caregiver, and was so dedicated to her that she slept on the floor by her bedside each time she was admitted to the hospital.  For three months, we had the great privilege of investing in Winnie’s life and we cherish every moment.

Looking at the circumstances surrounding Winnie’s birth, our team is reminded that there is so much that needs to be accomplished and we are pressing forward.

To honor Winnie, we have established the Winnie’s Footprint fund to provide pregnant and nursing women with proper nutrition and education on healthy pregnancy practices, as well as the resources necessary to prevent them from transmitting HIV/AIDS to their children during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  This will ensure that children like Winnie are given a fighting chance.

Despite the heartache that the 100X team and I feel in this moment, we are encouraged by the knowledge that He that has begun a good work will complete it.  Although short, Winnie’s life was not without purpose—she has stirred our hearts and strengthened our resolve.

With great expectation,

Lindy

If you would like to donate to Winnie’s Footprint, please visit our giving page and select “Winnie’s Footprint” from the designation menu.  Thank you for your kind support in honor of Winnie!

IMPACT: From Dasa

We received the following letter from Dasa, and wanted to shared how your support has impacted this young girl’s life.  It is YOUR support allows us to reach children with stories similar to Dasa, so we believe this letter is for you as well.  Thank you for your partnership!

Dear 100X Development Team,

My name is Feodosia Rosca but everyone calls me Dasa Cameron.  When I was born, my father rejected me for not being a boy, and at two years of age, my mom abandoned me too.  I stayed in my uncle’s house for a few years, where his wife started each day by telling me that I was a mistake.  She would tell me that I was going to grow up and became “nothing” like my mom.

After a few years, my uncle sent me to the largest orphanage in Moldova, a place with 850 children—my “home” for the next seven years.  I hated the world.  I hated myself.  All I knew at that moment was that I wasn’t wanted, accepted or loved.

Being an orphan is not easy no matter where you are in the world, we all feel the same, we all have the same questions inside our hearts, we all share the same fears, and we all shared tears for years and years.  We have no hope.  When kids think of themselves as nothing, they never dare to dream.

In my country, when you turn 16 you have to leave the orphanage and manage in life on your own. Most of the kids never make it.  Life is so rough on us that most give up even before they start.  When you go into the world, everyone sees you as a thief, liar…you are the worst there can possibly be.

When my time came to leave the orphanage, I thought my life would end.  I had nowhere to go, but I am thankful to Jesus that he had a plan.  Through 100X’s partnership with Stella’s House, I was given a place to live.  I learned that Jesus is real, that he loves me like no one else, and that has a great plan for my life.  Most of all, I learned that I was not a mistake.  God doesn’t make mistakes.

I want to say thank you to 100X for giving me the opportunity and honor to study in America.  It means a lot that you believe in me—that you don’t look at me as an orphan.

I never dreamt when I was an orphan, but since I have Jesus in my heart, He has allowed me to dream…and dream big.  He took me from an orphanage school desk to a university in America.

100X, you are amazing.  You give kids like me hope; you take us in your arms and don’t let us go until you are sure we can fly on our own.  I want to say thank you for being His example on earth.

–Dasa Cameron

Will you give a gift today that will help us reach more children like Dasa?