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

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

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.

LEVERAGE: The Warm Heart of Africa

The Warm Heart of Africa

by Blair Brendle 

The “Warm Heart of Africa” is this country’s nickname

The beauty in the faces has given it its fame

A place of peace, jokes, and constant smiles

A place of strength, endurance, and perseverance for the miles

But most importantly to me, this country holds a special place

A village full of children that could have easily been erased

Because though this country is beautiful, it is struggling all the same

Not enough food, too much disease, poor education, a cyclic game

But this one special village is trying to make a break

To the cycle of helplessness, loss, hunger, disease, and mistake

This village has a dream to empower and equip

The next generation to get out from under injustice’s grip

This dream is big and lofty, of course this much is true

But one day at a time, they’re doing all that they can do

Within this village resides almost 200 of its nation’s best

Whose pasts are full of darkness, but whose futures can be blessed

This village’s name means peace; in Chichewa it’s called Mtendere

But it’s more than just tranquility or resting for the weary

It’s a place where within the peace, true restoration occurs

Where what was, is replaced with what can be; where true redemption stirs

Where acceptance, adoption, and forgiveness are part of each day

Where The Truth and The Life are ever exposing The Way

It’s a tiny little village in stark contrast to a great big earth

But to all who step foot on it, it grants a chance for new birth

It’s a slice of kingdom on this side of glory

And I’m so thankful that for three weeks I got to be a part of its story

Blair spent three weeks at our orphan care program in Malawi this summer.  She drafted this poem shortly after her return.  We are always very excited to see people leveraging their talents for good!  

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?


IMPACT: Stephen

As mentioned in previous posts, when Mtendere Village opened in 2005 we had 16 orphans and one housemother.  It has been my privilege to be a “proud mama” and watch these children grow up.  I have witnessed them grow physically, change emotionally, be challenged spiritually, and excel academically.  I love each and every one of them, and as the mother of Mtendere, I have been known to brag.  I simply cannot help myself!  That leads me to Stephen Makasu.

One of the first to arrive at Mtendere, Stephen was more than a little uncertain about what his new life would look like.  He had nothing to compare it to, no one to ask for advice; he was so small, and very shy.  What a difference seven years makes!  Today, Stephen has matured into one of the strongest leaders on campus.

Stephen has led by example in the classroom, as well as on the Mtendere campus, and he instills in our younger kids the drive to be better and work harder.  Always the top student in his class at Bambino (an international school right outside of Lilongwe), he is an intelligent young man who has cultivated his strengths in language and business.

All of us at 100X were exceedingly proud when, in 2010, he finished as the number one student in his German class and was given the opportunity to travel to Germany as part of an exchange program.  Because of his leadership, we flew Stephen to the US where he represented Mtendere Village at our winter benefit.    It is our hope that Stephen will be our first (but not the last) international collegiate student from Mtendere!

On their recent trip to Malawi, Dr. Rick Cook and other Auburn University faculty had the pleasure of meeting Stephen.  Afterward, they shared with me that they were beyond impressed with his confident, yet respectful demeanor.  Of course, my heart swelled with pride!

Through his hard work and commitment, Stephen has been able to participate in experiences that, prior to Mtendere Village, he could not even hope or imagine.  His life exemplifies what we want all of our kids to experience.

Stephen and I both know that much of this would not have been possible without the support of his sponsors, the Knight family.  In addition to financial sponsorship, they have encouraged Stephen through letters and have even traveled to Malawi to meet him.  Because of their dedication to our sponsorship program, the Knights have changed the life of Stephen Makasu.  I am so thankful for them, and for all of our sponsors who help our children achieve their dreams.  Without them, 100X would not be able to care for the 140 children who call Mtendere “home.”  So, we thank you!

If you’d like to join our family of sponsors, visit our Child Sponsorship page, or email Sponsor@100XDevelopment.com for more information.  We’d love to have you!

Dana Blanchard, Director of Operations for Malawi