Friday, December 19, 2008

Masi Update

With the end-of-the-year fast approaching this is a good time to reflect on the past year and share with you the progress we have made on the Masiphumelele Youth Project (MYP). During such uncertain times, and with so much of our world in upheaval, it is more important than ever to find hope and optimism where ever possible. The story of MYP is one of much inspiration, hope and achievement.

To date we have raised approximately US$ 305,000 (R 3.1 million Rand) and that is thanks to the incredible generosity of all our donors worldwide.

This year, personal donations from Vancouver alone amounted to close to US$ 70,000 (0.7 million Rand). This was following a very successful fundraising event in Vancouver that raised approximately US$ 45,000, and included a silent and live auction, musical feature and wine tasting. We were especially thrilled to host a very talented 15-year old from the “Future Fighters” Youth Group in Masiphumelele. In July, there was a special fundraising event in South Africa, hosted by the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation in Cape Town, where approximately US$ 30,000 (R 0.3 million Rand) was raised.

It is quite amazing to see how far we have come and that is because of individuals’ generosity, such as yours that the project has made this amazing progress.

Looking ahead, to realize the children’s dream we still have a little further to go; we need to raise an additional US$ 116,000 (R 1.2 million Rand) to get us to our target of US$ 422,000 (R 4.3 million Rand).

The plan is to open the doors of ‘Kethuphila’ Choose Life Youth Centre in Masiphumelele in early 2010. This is very exciting news for us, who have been supporting the project, and it is even more exciting news for the children and youth of the township of Masiphumelele.

To ensure this dream is realized, and the doors of the youth centre are opened we need to raise the remaining US$ 116,000 and for that we need your support.

If you want to financially support the Masi project, please follow the instructions on the side bar and make a donation to help realize the dream.

We look forward to connecting soon and thanks again for your continued commitment and support.

Best wishes for this holiday season to you and your family.