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Thursday, 29 December 2011

Clothes for Tanzanian children

The community of Dorridge, near Birmingham have recently shipped 4 boxes of children's clothes to Tanzania through HELP International. The clothes will be distributed by friends of the charity to street children. I will keep in touch with the lady to find out other needs in the area and report back. So watch this space!

Monday, 19 December 2011

Lots of books from Derby College to Zimbabwe

Derby College library has contributed a large number of books towards the libraries in Zimbabwe, including a large collection of Encyclopedia Brittanica. The books, which were carried in three car loads, have joined the shipment on its way to Zimbabwe by sea, a journey which will take 8 -9 weeks. In the shipment is an assortment of things including, woodworking tools, children's musical instruments, sewing machines, poultry incubators, Jam making kits, school chemistry sets, crayons, pencils, and so on, all donated by someone near you in the UK. The jack hammer for helping in well digging is shipped directly from China. The oil expellers are shipped directly from India.

These simple items will train young school leavers as well as our cared for children, to be self reliant and prepared for independence.

We thank all those who have taken part in this shipment. Pictures will be available later in the year 2012.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Recent Trip to Zambia

H.E.L.P International Trustee, Grace Walsh, has just returned from Zambia. We will be posting her report soon.

Shipment to Zimbabwe in two weeks.

A planned shipment to Zimbabwe is due to leave the UK, China, and India soon. We would like to than all those who have helped with this collection of tools and other equipment. A Chinese company has helped in sourcing and shipping a petrol powered jack-hammer to help with hand well digging in Zimbabwe. This will speed up the process and help to provide clean water for many. The digging team, trained in 2009 can dig to 20 metres depths, using basic digging tools. The machine from China was half paid for by the supplier.

Two small seed oil extractors were sourced from India at a reduced cost than normal. We are very thankful for the help. These will be used to train youth to extract oils from a variety of seeds, as a self help project.

We thank schools and colleges in the UK Midlands for donating books from their libraries, for rural libraries in Zimbabwe. In particular, St Josephs High School, Endon High School, St Margret Ward High School, in Stoke on Trent and Derby College, have taken an active role in preparing this shipment.

We thank The Women's Institute (Blithe Bridge) for their collective donation of sewing machines ad books. These will be added to the Dress making project used by different rural schools in the areas near Chatsworth, Zimbabwe.

We thank all others who have donated a wide range of tools, particularly long awaited Woodwork Tools for our flagship community project.

Where ever you are, we appreciate your contribution.