Zambia Hope News update -- December 2009
In the fall of 2009, Hope Farm planned a major planting of
soy beans, which are a profitable crop in Zambia. Following
a request from Adamson and Anne Musonda, directors of Zambia
Hope International, Hope Mountain Foundation sent $4,000 for
this purpose. Full
Christmas cards for all the children
Fourteen residents of the Turkey Creek community in
Gainesville, Florida joined together to sign Christmas
cards for all the children in schools supported by Zambia
Hope International. The cards were sent to Zambia in
time for the second annual Christmas dinner, which is
provided for all the children by Zambia Hope. The Florida
group, many of them seniors, were invited to participate
in the project by Gwen Rogers. Earlier, several of the
residents had donated teddy bears to be sent to the
ORPHANED ZAMBIAN CHILDREN UPDATE
CAROLING and REFRESHMENTS
Tuesday, December 23rd at 6:30PM
Come and listen to Tom Cromwell give a presentation
on the many orphaned children we are helping in Zambia.
Many ladies here in the forest spent a few afternoons
writing over 515 Christmas cards so that these children
would receive them for the holidays. We in this country
are so fortunate and blessed. These children have nothing
and no one. Please take the time to hear the story.
Caroling and refreshments will follow the short presentation.
IRS grants tax exempt status to Hope Mountain
On October 10, 2008 the Internal Revenue Service issued a
letter granting tax exempt status to Hope Mountain Foundation.
This means that any donations to our organization can be claimed
on your tax returns. If you need a receipt for a donation,
please contact us.
Video on Zambia Hope completed
A 10-minute video showing the various projects carried
out by Zambia Hope International, with the support of
Hope Mountain, has been completed. We will use the video
to spread information about Zambia Hope. We will also
offer the video to any donor who contributes $100 or
more. You can view the video here:
Donations almost ready for shipment
David Richison and Thomas Cromwell have been collecting
used computers from Frederick County, donated to Zambia
Hope. Our storage space at the Seniors Resource Center
in Frederick is now full of boxed computers (120 boxes
in all), and the storefront in Thurmont we are using
to collect computers, teddy bears, children's clothing
and school supplies also has a growing pile of boxes
ready for shipping. We have enough material to fill
a 20ft container, and hope to arrange for a shipment.
Top image:Computers at Thurmont storefront ready
to be boxed and shipped to Zambia.
Bottom image: Gwen Rogers and Thomas Cromwell look
over computers in Thurmont ready to be boxed up for
shipment to Zambia Hope.
Teddy Bear Donations for the Children of Zambia
Some of the teddy bears and other stuffed animals being
collected by friends in Florida to be donated to children
cared for by Zambia Hope.
Zambia Hope is First to Receive HMF Support
The first overseas non-profit supported by Hope Mountain is
Zambia Hope International (www.ZambiaHope.org).
In 2006, HMF director Thomas Cromwell visited Zambia and met
with the director of Zambia Hope, Adamson Musonda, a native
Zambia Hope is run by Adamson and his wife Anne, and dedicated
to helping Zambia's 1.25 million children who have been orphaned
by the HIV/AIDS pandemic or who are living in dire circumstances.
In a short period of time, Zambia Hope has developed a farm,
now 120 acres, both to provide food for the orphans and income
for the four schools it supports. Full
HMF Explores Cooperation with Creative Adoptions
In order to broaden support for Zambia Hope, in late 2007
HMF entered into discussions with Philippa Street who runs
Creative Adoptions, Inc. of Columbia Maryland (www.creativeadoptions.org).
The plan is for Creative Adoptions to supplement the support
HMF is offering Zambia's orphans (correspondence partners,
donations of goods, etc) with an adoption service.
In the meantime, Adamson Musonda has secured the necessary
certification from the Zambian Government to act as an adoption
agent. HMF does not intent to get involved in the adoption
process itself, but will help facilitate adoptions as one
way for Americans to support the work of Zambia Hope, and
possibly other charities abroad later on.
HMF Discusses Support for Zambia Hope with Adventist Homes
HMF director Thomas Cromwell on January 18, 2008 met with
directors of the several homes for seniors run by the Adventist
organization in the Greater Washington area (www.adventisthealthcare.com/ASLS/index.aspx).
One of the homes, Glade Valley, in Walkersville, MD, already
is supporting several orphans in Zambia, after meeting with
Adamson Musonda in late 2007.
The Adventist organization is considering whether to expand
this activity to its other homes, recognizing that it benefits
both the seniors who show concern for the orphans, and the
Thurmont Town Commissioners Hear Presentation on Zambia
HMF director Thomas Cromwell was invited by Bob Lookingbill,
one of five town commissioners of Thurmont, MD (home to Camp
David) to make a presentation about the Zambia Hope program
to the commissioners at a regular town meeting on January
22. The Power Point presentation was broadcast over a local
channel, for residents in Thurmont. Bill Blakeslee, Thurmont's
Chief Executive, has indicated that there is interest among
residents to support Zambia Hope.
Mr. Lookingbill later arranged for the Town Office to be
used for a meeting with volunteers from Catoctin High School,
in Thurmont, who want to collect donations for Zambia Hope.
The plan is to raise monetary donations, especially to pay
for shipping, as well as used computers, school supplies,
children's clothing and teddy bears.
An empty storefront in one of Thurmont's two shopping plazas
has been made available to HMF for the collection of donated
items for Zambia Hope.
Frederick County to Provide Used Computers
Following a request to Jan Gardner, the president of the Frederick
County Board of Commissioners, the county has offered to provide
used computers for Zambia Hope. HMF will collect the used
computers from a County facility and add them to other donated
items to be shipped to Zambia.
All will benefit. The County will save a recycling fee and
the children in Zambia will get to use a computer! Hope Mountain
hopes this will be just the first step in a long-term relationship
between Frederick County and the orphans in Zambia who can
so benefit from this support.