It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Richard Orrill, known to the Jabulani Village as "Papa Richard." Richard developed many deep, caring relationships with friends in the Jabulani Village.He honored their culture and was accepted as a trusted elder and friend of the village.
The family has requested that donations in his memory be directed to the NAP Water Project Campaign.
Mission Complete 2012!
NAP members Mary Ann Soden, Kathy Green, and volunteer Dena Nassaf are back from the latest trip to Zimbabwe. This extrememly productive mission included problemsolving with leaders of the community garden project, hosting our second HIV puppet show at the Jabulani preschool and primary schools, aiding in solutions to the water/windmill project, and passing out hundreds of eyeglassas and hygiene kits in support of the wellness project. Thank you all for your support and encouragement in our mission to provide a brighter future for Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe travelers November 2012
January 2011: With the season rains, the garden is producing. There is a wider variety that includes tomatoes and the staple maize. A new fence is being built with timber collected from the forest area. Barbed wire has been donated from Environment Africa. Produce from the garden was sold at a cooperative in town with values of nearly $400. $25 of this amount went toward buying maize see for the new crop and another $30 toward transportation costs. The remaining profit was split among 26 happy members, with school fees just around the corner.
Next up we will pursue plans for a permanent water connection in the village, targeting the garden area in particular. This will be a big project and we will need the support of all our friends to make miracle's happen!
October 2010: NAP board members and volunteers had a spectacular time at the CaliforniaWomen's Conference in Long Beach on the 25th and 26th. Over $3,000 was donated toward village projects and lots of awareness was raised over the two day event. As always, there were 'star sightings' in and out of the NAP booth including Deepak Chopra, Oprah pal Gayle King, Artis Lane and Eve Ensler. Special thanks to NAP volunteer Shari Skidmore who arranged accommodation for NAP volunteers at Oakwood Corporate Housing in Seal Beach.
Kid Kindness: pictured to the right is Arjun Gupta, 4 years old, at the Coinstar machine. He was joined by his 7 year old brother, Deven (not pictured). Instead of spending the coins (over $200) to buy themselves a treat, these amazing kids decided they'd rather use it to help the Jabulani kids in Zimbabwe! NAP gratefully acknowledges the generous act of these two special boys (and their incredible parents too).
September 2010: Village community garden work continues with the first planting of a large winter garden. The challenge is that this garden requires lots of hand watering because winter is a dry season. This is the first time villagers have tackled a gardening project of this magnitude. Tree seedlings are almost ready for planting.
Chicken project: The process of raising chicks to mature adult is about 6 weeks. Chicks must be constantly feed and kept in warm lighted area around the clock 24/7. Carrington Nyathi has 76 nearly mature chicks on his second round of raising boilers. 46 have have already been promised to waiting customers.
Puppetry project: Petro Ndhlovu's HIV and AIDS Awareness team travel throughout rural villages in Zimbabwe educating youths in HIV AIDS awareness through the unique medium of drama and puppetry. NAP was thrilled to host them at the Jabulani Preschool building site.
July 2010: NAP Board member Dr. Wendy Norman conducted NAPs third health clinic over seven days in the village dispensing nutritional supplements, vitamins and medications as needed. With language interpretation provided by Sydney Ncube, she also conducted classes stressing the need for common sense health care, hygiene and cures for common illnesses. Special thanks to photo journalist Todd Puchalski and ZAP volunteers Sydney and Kelly Ncube for their generous assistance.