Christmas Newsletter

For our fourth consecutive year, we have succeeded in providing the children with their school supplies and more.  We have also begun our tutoring program for the children of Iringa.

Tanzania

The children from Ifakara and Kiberege
celebrated Chrsitmas and the 4th anniversary of
La Fondation Godley with a community get-together thanks to your generosity

The Godley Foundation is a collection of family and friends that believe in the healing of the planet and its people. We are living in times that are both beautiful and difficult. Times that seem to be ruled by greed, hatred and war, but darkness cannot be fought with darkness, only with light. The Godley Foundation hopes to bring awareness that all individuals contribute to the healing of our planet and its habitants. No matter our race, our age, our gender, our beliefs, our economical positions, our abilities, we need each other to heal. The Godley Foundation is about sharing, cooperation and exchange.

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A very special thank you to Kevin and Michele, for their trust and generosity. None of this would be possible without your kindness.

For donations or more information please contact Patricia: [email protected]

Or through PayPal on our website: www.fondationgodley.org

And follow us on Instagram @fondationgodley

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Newsletter #2 – September 2021

Greetings!

 

The children are growing fast. As we look over the photos, it’s hard to believe that these are the same children Patricia first met a few years ago. We now have three children that have entered high school: Issa, Zaituni, Archleus.

In January, we succeeded in supplying our children with their school materials and clothing for another year. We were also blessed to meet four new children that we added to our program:

Said, Revina, Pascal, and Shida, a total of 24 students plus Maliki. Shida is a 13 year old girl that is HIV positive and is raised by her grandmother.

We recently learned that Shida has not been attending class because of lack of food, and the medication she takes is very strong for a younggirl with an empty stomach. And so the foundation has offeredto provide Shida and her grandmother with food, so that her grandmother can focus on Shida’s other needs.

 

Maliki is growing fast too. In December , we had asked
him what was his Christmas wish and he once again asked for
a day at the pool with his family and friends eating good food.
And so we organized an outing for him to go swimming with
those close to him. We also provided him with a pair of
crutches to be able to stand, even if only for short intervals.
Unfortunately, we have noticed that his condition has been
worsening, and we are working hard to set up an appointment
with one of the four neurologists in Tanzania, as suggested by
his doctor.

We are trying to get more involved in our children’s health and education and so we have been inquiring on their school report cards. We have noticed that the majority of our children are in the lower percentile of their class due to their disadvantaged situations.

Many of our children are being raised by their grandmothers or aunts or neighbors and we even have our two young cousins that are on their own. The economic situation and education level of the children’s caretakers do not allow them to fully help the children with their schooling.

Our hope is to provide them with an after school tutor that can help each child with their educational needs. We have three villages: Ifakara, Morogoro and Iringa. We will start with one group and hopefully, if successful, provide tutoring for all our children.

We also hope to empower two mothers from our Morogoro group.  Joseph and Juliet’s mother is living with aids raising seven children on her own. She presently sells homemade alcohol to make ends meet. We remember meeting her in her home, a dark cramped room where all eight of them lived, a room so small that we had to squeeze through the door. It would only slightly open as the bed was in the way. Arisitides, our Tanzanian leader, has found a centre offering entrepreneurial workshops in sewing, soap making, candle making, oils, and decorations. In the samevillage, we have Micheal’s mother who sells bananas by the roadside, and has shown interest in learning how to sew. Our hope is to offer these struggling mothers an opportunity to gain confidence and skills to empower them, their homes and their community.

 

Sri Lanka
The covid situation at Doloswala Rubber Estate is difficult. Father Jeewantha, the community’s spiritual leader, had caught covid but is now doing well. The whole country is under strict conditions, school is cancelled and there is no internet for online classes in such a remote area as Doloswala.
Until the recent situation, Ashan was doing well in his studies as we were continuing to support him through tutoring at home and his sister has been accepted at university, another success story from the plantation. We have our little friend Siraj who is sick, he suffers from a weak heart. We remember watching him play with the others, he was always full of laughter, but his mother would be sick with worry as his condition requires that he shouldn’t exert too much energy.


We provide Siraj and his family a small monthly allocation for his medication, as life on the plantation doesn’t provide for much extra income. Father Jeewantha and the community are building Siraj a private toilet as he is very sensitive to bacteria. He has reached out to us to ask if we are able to contribute to build him a home, or a private room as he lives in a clayhouse which is not recommended for someone with his illness.

We know it has been difficult for many here in Quebec, and we appreciate your support in these uncertain times. We don’t know what the future holds for the foundation as covid spreads throughout the world, but we know that we want to give our best to provide help for the children’s health and education, and that is thanks to you.

On a lighter note, we are exited to share with you our new logo and the t-shirts that we had made for the children and our leaders.

Many blessings from La Fondation Godley

 

 

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A very special thank you to Kevin and Michele, for their trust and generosity. None of this would be possible without your kindness.

For donations or more information please contact Patricia: [email protected]

Or through PayPal on our website: www.fondationgodley.org

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Love Never Fails

Hello!

We started our humble foundation just over a year ago long before the turmoil of the pandemic and we hope you and your loved ones are safe and sound. The pandemic has had an impact on the children and families we support, but all in all they are doing quite well thanks to your support and generosity. We are happy to share our latest news with you. You will see in our photos, the children and their smiles, their laughter, their giving hands… We thank them for opening our hearts and we are grateful to know them and to be part of their lives.

Tanzania

The Foundation was first inspired by a young boy in Tanzania named Maliki. Maliki is paralysed and lives with his grandmother. We began with providing him with a wheelchair, food and clothing, medical insurance and we slowly began the medical journey to learn the reasons behind his paralysis. Today, through his insurance, he is now getting physical therapy three times a week at the Mumbhili hospital in Dar Es Salam. However, transportation is a problem and so we provide them with a taxi to bring them to and fro. Maliki’s grandmother is getting older and cannot carry him anymore. So we are presently looking for a children’s home, that can take them both. Maliki presently sleeps on the floor and he has been asking us for a bed, we hope to be able to answer his request for Christmas.

For the past two January’s, we have provided 19 children with their school supplies: school bag, shoes, socks, books, pencils, geometry set, and uniforms. This year we have also began the process to supply each of these children with yearly medical insurance (100$ US each). Several of the children need urgent care, like Godfrey and his foot, and Said with his eye. Also, malaria is still rampant and the families usually don’t have any money in case of such emergencies. The insurance would relieve the need to scramble for money if anything would happen to the children.

Due to the epidemic, the price of food has gone up and with the combination of schools being closed, meaning one less meal a day, many of our families were going hungry. Aristides, our foundation contact in Tanzania, visited each family and provided them with basic supplies during the months of April and May. This visit inspired us to find a way to visit the children on a monthly basis, checking up on their health, their school progress and to simply let them know that we care about them and are in this all together.

The Godley Foundation is a collection of family and friends that believe in the healing of the planet and its people. We are living in times that are both beautiful and difficult. Times that seem to be ruled by greed, hatred and war, but darkness cannot be fought with darkness, only with light. The Godley Foundation hopes to bring awareness that all individuals contribute to the healing of our planet and its habitants. No matter our race, our age, our gender, our beliefs, our economical positions, our abilities, we need each other to heal. The Godley Foundation is about sharing, cooperation and exchange.

Two of our children are female cousins that we’re being taken care by their grandmother. Sadly, she passed away at the beginning of summer. We are providing them with food and rent and other needs until the local social services can help out. These girls were already in a vulnerable situation, and now with their grandmother gone, they are one step away from being homeless and on the streets. We are so grateful to be able to help them in this difficult time, and that is thanks to you.

Sri Lanka

Patricia returned to Doloswala Rubber and tea estate in February 2020 to teach English and to spend precious time with the children. The community is working hard and is organising a program alongside with Father Jeewantha and his acolytes, bringing the children together for after school studies in mathematics, Sinhala, history and English. The foundation has contributed to these efforts by building tables and benches to accomodate more students as the local school lacks teachers in certain subjects. The students come from neighbouring villages and are of various beliefs.

The community is very proud to announce the acceptance of the Plantation’s first student as an undergraduate. Arumary is a bright young woman with big dreams and is attending . One of our generous donors, Paul, offered her a tablet to help her along with her studies.

We also continue to provide private tutoring for Ashan, a young boy with a disability that prevents him from attending school. Patricia spent every morning with him, also impressed by how much he has improved in less than a year. Following her departure, she retained the services of a tutor. We hope one day that Ashan , just like Maliki, can attend school and reach their full potential.

A very special thank you to Kevin and Michele, for their trust and generosity. None of this would be possible without your kindness.

For donations or more information please contact Patricia: [email protected]

Or through PayPal on our website: www.fondationgodley.org

And follow us on Instagram @fondationgodley

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