".....We Zimbabweans are left shaking our heads, wondering why Americans care more about African animals than about African people."
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I know everyone in Louisville has had it with the rains. For me it brings great joy as it reminds me of the Zambian rainy season and all my dear friends over there who I miss very much.
Things to be thankful for.
1. Our rains are not spurring a cholera outbreak.
2. We don't have metal roofing sheet directly overhead that
resonate terribly with the pouring rain.
3. We don't live with dirt roads everywhere that turn in to mud for
4. We can get in our cars to get to where we need to go, we don't
have to walk thru the rain
5. If we get wet or our stuff we can put it in the dryer instead of
trying to get things to dry by hanging it all over the over crowded
I could go on and on...... In all things give thanks.....
Mary Mwanga, widow and mother of 8, and victim of property grabbing after the death of her husband, is not too old to mix the cement that will help hold the blocks together that will support the roof over her family's head. Daughter, Ireen, takes video clips and daughter , Wendy is seen pulling the covers over her head. See more of Mary's family in the video. To help RecycloCraftz 'Raise the Roof ' for Mary and her family donate now.
****Any Graphic Artists out there willing to donate some time or work alongside RecycloCraftz on occasional projects? Louisville area would be ideal, but long distance would work as well.
The RecycloCraftz project would not be a reality were it not for so many generous people who have given time, love, money, and donations over the past seven years!!
These awesome local shops are keeping Louisville weird! (And Kentuckiana ) You can now purchase our unique handmade purses and accessories without having to wait for them to arrive by mail.
B Chic Consignment on Bardstown Road in the Highlands
Rainy Day Resale in downtown La Grange, Kentucky
Teapots n Treasures near Washington Ave in Indianapolis
Contact us if you would like to sell our products in your store. Not only will you be supporting a great cause, you will also impress your customers with your generosity that brightens up the store both spiritually and colorfully.
LOADSHEDDING- What is it? By definition it is "the deliberate shutdown of electric power in a part or parts of a power-distribution system, generally to prevent the failure of the entire system when the demand strains the capacity of the system. "
What does it mean in Zambia? BIG ISSUES. Although many of the RecycloCraftz artisans don't have enough money to have power in their homes or purchase the "units" bit by bit versus our American system where we pay a bill once a month. ( In Zambia they must go to a location and purchase X amount of electricity and 'top up'- buy more- when that is used up. ) Those who can afford it, including those serving as missionaries, are faced with challenges above the norm
It means being without electricity for 9 hours at a time multiple times a week. It means running out of gas at the stations country wide where gas is already over $9/gallon. It means someone, many someones, may be pocketing a lot of money because electricity that is to be used by Zambia is being sold to other countries.
One side says Lake Kariba- the hydro electric generating source is down 30% - reducing the possibility to generate enough electricity. Another side says with the new president and his people in office, those who know what they are doing at ZESCO-the Zambian Electric Company- are moved out in favor of tribal relatives of the new president.
This problem is expected to continue thru October or longer... The rainy season begins after November....however, rain may not be enough to solve this country wide issue.
...Just a bit of insight into living the Zambian life. .
Follow this raw footage video clip taken by Irene Chilangwa/Mwanga of the progress being made on their home. 57 year old Mary Mwanga is seen mixing the cement to make progress on her own home and some of her 9 children pass thru to get in the video! With the first $250 advancement they have made progress. I just got word that the next $500 in donations have been received and more progress will begin next week. It is enough to fit out a secure door for safety and much more. Good news also just a few hours ago, another $250 donation came in. Would you consider making any size donation to help this sweet family? Perhaps you can share our need with others who can compassionately give.
Over $750 has been raised to help the Mwanga/Chilanangwa family put a roof over their head. The first monies helped them purchase metal roofing sheets and timbers. They had enough money in first installation to cover a 5x6 meter area. The remainder of the roof was covered by old bed sheets stitched together using the sewing machine Irene received thru a matching RecycloCraftz grant. Even though there are no windows or doors the family members are sleeping safely protected from malaria carrying mosquitoes. Please donate now to continue to help get a roof over the head of this dear family. http://www.recyclocraftz.org/put-a-roof-over-their-heads.ht…
Working, working, working today to further launch the campaign to Raise the Roof for Mary Mwanga and her family. Over $500 has been raised so far. Will you help? We just talked to Mary today. Nine people are living in 4 unfinished walls with metal roofing sheets covering an area 5 meters x 6 meters. Mary and her children have extended that small space by using pieces of fabrics. Your contribution,no matter how small, will impact this dear family. http://www.recyclocraftz.org/put-a-roof-over-their-heads.ht…
Tomorrow this dear, faithful widow and 8 of her children and two grandchildren will move into these 4 walls. Lord willing, they will finally be home. As unfinished as it is, it is theirs. Most of it has been built with RecycloCraftz earnings. Mary and 3 of her adult daughters work tirelessly creating beautiful bags, putting in linings and keeping the books for the group with an amazing level of integrity. $200 has been sent already to help purchase timbers and metal roofing sheets to raise the roof. Would you consider sending more to make it possible to purchase windows, doors, cement for a floor and iron bars to deter burglars from stealing what little this family has? http://www.recyclocraftz.org/put-a-roof-over-their-heads.ht…
In the last 7 days we have sold over $1,700 in product, plus received a check from a tireless sales rep in Scottsdale Arizona who sent a check for $900 plus got our first consignment agreement with Teapots n Treasures near Washington Ave in Indianapolis! Please pray for a Director of Operations willing to work for peanuts and the satisfaction of bringing hope in a handbag to Zambia! I am exhausted and can't keep up with growth and my full time job as an occupational therapist! Perhaps an intern????
For more information on the founder, Tracy Murray, please visit "The Mission page" under this tab.