More About Swaziland and Possible Dreams International
June 22, 2010 in Book Club Possibility, Elementary Educators, Fighting world poverty, Half the Sky, High School Teachers, Middle School Teachers, multicultural books, Neas Linda Rhinehart, poetry, Preschool to 1st grade teachers, Young Adult Novels Tags: Fight World Poverty, Gogo's Dream: Swaziland Discovered, Linda M. Rhinehart Neas, poetry book, Swaziland women and children
Yesterday, I introduced you to author Linda Rhinehart Neas and her poetry book, Gogo’s Dream: Swaziland Discovered. There’s still time to leave a comment or question for Linda and a chance to win her book. One of the things she talked about was the non-profit organization, Possible Dreams International. The profits from her poetry book go directly to this organization. She also wrote about Gogo Ida and her house, which is pictured here.
Possible Dreams International has three current projects in Swaziland.
- The Daily Emergency Fund: This fund is used to help ill people in several ways: to transport them to a hospital, to pay for doctor or X-ray fees, to give food to the starving, and even to provide blankets and bedding. Without the Daily Emergency Fund, several more people would die in Swaziland because they can not afford the medical care.
- Houses for the Poor: In Swaziland, over 70% of the population live in extreme poverty, (on less than one dollar a day). Most houses in rural Swaziland are made of thatch, mud, sticks, or stone. “Possible Dreams International employs young dedicated builders in the community, who are often orphans themselves, as well as community members to come together and help the family in need. In addition to building a house, we speak to the family at length about their physical and emotional needs. We provide access to medical care, food and water as well as engagement with their community so that the family can help themselves out of the myre of poverty and self-defeat. “
- The Mealie Meal Project: One-third of children in Swaziland are orphans because their parents have died of AIDS. This project provides food to orphans “in the form of 25kg of Corn Soya meal a month as well as 60 eggs, beans and milk.”
Swaziland statistics are heartbreaking. Here they are from the Possible Dreams International website:
Swaziland has the highest prevalence of HIV infection in the world.
42% of the population are infected with HIV, the precursor to AIDS.
There are over 15,000 orphan led households in Swaziland.
So, check out yesterday’s post, leave a comment for Linda, and consider buying her book as a gift for someone–maybe even your own Gogo (Grandma) to help the Gogos and children in Swaziland.