Archive for July 9, 2008

Temwani’s Braille Printer Project

PrinterImagine that you are visually impaired, living in an impoverished area with few monetary resources, and have little access to education. How would you learn to protect yourself from HIV/AIDS?

The Temwani Children’s Foundation is supporting the HIV/AIDS Infor-Tech Africa (HAITA) project in its efforts to educate the visually impaired populations of Zambia. A Lusaka based NGO, its mission is to “provide adequate support, awareness, and bridge the gap of unequal distribution of HIV/AIDS literature…particularly the visually impaired community”.

HAITA is seeking a braille printer to produce HIV/AIDS educational literature for the visually impaired. With your help, KCF intends to purchase a printer and ship it to Zambia by October 2008. Every dollar you give will be matched (up to $3,000) thanks to a recent grant we received from the Tides Foundation.

There are many ways you can help:

  • Run a race and donate the proceeds.
  • Hold a yard sale
  • Hold a bake sale
  • Ask a local band to donate proceeds from their next concert
  • Set up a donation jar at your local grocery store or eye doctor’s office
  • Make a donation to TCF earmarked for the Braille Printer Project.

Teacher Workshop for Grief & Loss in Children

by Marie Vagedes, LCSW
Teacher WorkshopA little less than a year ago, I had the opportunity to join with a group of primary school teachers working in Lusaka, Zambia through the Temwani Children’s Foundation volunteer trip. This opportunity for connection took on the form of a 6-day workshop that my dear friend and colleague Leah Berger and I facilitated at the Kondwa Day Centre for teachers working at area schools within N’gombe compound.

The workshop focused on grief and loss issues in children. The material for the workshop was drawn from our combined personal and professional experiences. Read more