Sunday, November 15, 2009

Bill Cala: Out of Africa

Jambo, dear friends!

And so another mission trip to Africa is coming to a close. From providing
shoes to countless children in three provinces in two countries, to the
initiation of a new goat cooperative in Katito, Kenya, Joanne and I feel that
much has been accomplished.

We have been working on the bids for the second phase of Hannah’s Hope and
expect that construction of two additional classrooms will begin in December.

Under discussion and consideration is creating a women's self-help group in Homa
Bay in conjunction with the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

Talks are underway for the construction of classrooms at Lufumbo in Western
Province of Kenya and Usambara Girls School in Tanzania.

We have partnered with the Rotary Clubs of Kisumu, Kenya and Walkill, New York
(one hour north of New York City) for an international grant to provide three
wells. Rotary International has approved two wells in Usenge and one well in
Katito, Kenya. Usenge is a very poor rural community that is in desperate need
of water, education and community services. Together with the Christian Women’s
Partners of Kisumu, Joining Hearts and Hands will be discussing the possibility
of a community outreach center in Usenge. This outreach center will provide
counseling of all types (HIV/AIDS, pregnancy, health and so on). I have
attached two photos of the Usenge area. If you look to the left of the photo of
the pond, you can see a woman collecting drinking water. Women must travel for
miles to reach this pond which is very polluted. Notice the green tint.

The second photo is at the site of one of the wells and the potential community
center. Joanne and I are talking to nursery school children at that location.

Sincere and heart-felt thanks for your never-ending support. Your generosity
has empowered the people of Kenya and Tanzania.

From Africa to you with thanks,

Bill and Joanne Cala

Make you tax deductible donations to:

Joining Hearts and Hands
9 Fieldston Grove
Fairport, NY 14450

2 Attached Images

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