Greetings JOGGLING Supporters,
This past April, all of you in splendid order contributed to a very memorable fundraising accomplishment. Your boisterous support of the JOGGLING Project instilled in me both the courage and clownishness to run, while juggling, the entire Paris Marathon. But more than this, your generous donations raised nearly $4,000 for Taliberte, a small grassroots NGO, improving the day-to "“day hardships of Senegal's street-children.
The funds were delivered to Senegal shortly after the marathon and were used earnestly to strengthen the services of Taliberte.
Your donations enabled Taliberte to purchase their first motor scooter"”an empowering resource in reaching more street-children in further flung neighborhoods but also serving as a mini-ambulance in the case of a medical emergency.
Taliberte was also able to purchase:
MOSQUITO NETS: Taliberte distributed a 100 mosquito nets for 5 groups of street-children"”greatly reducing their risk for contracting malaria
FOOD: Taliberte's walk-in center was able to provide 70 boys, two times a week, for three weeks the rare chance to enjoy an evening meal.
MEDICINE: Taliberte was able to refill their medical cabinet with first-aid supplies and antibiotics. The NGO treats a couple dozen street-children every week for skin infections and stomach parasites.
SHOES: Taliberte was able to purchase 50 pairs of shoes. The majority of street-children in Senegal walk miles each day, barefoot.
SHELTER: Taliberte was able to rebuild a cement structure to provide a group of street-children a new possibility for shelter.
On another related note, I'm delighted to report that sales from the K.I.S.S. Tote (Kindly Inspiring Sustainable Solutions) generated an additional $9,000 for Taliberte. If you're not familiar with the beautiful tote bags, they're repurposed from discarded rice-sacs and reflect the potential and creativity of Senegalese street children when they are given proper skill-training and encouragement!
In 2014, the team at Taliberte and I are determined to to grow the K.I.S.S. Tote as a social enterprise"”investing in more sewing machines and training programs for the street-children of Saint Louis, Senegal.
And lastly, although I am joggling regularly in Washington, DC, I haven't yet announced plans to "˜joggle' another marathon but I can assure you, the itch is slowly starting to itch!
Although this has been a cheerful report of our 2013 progress, it is also an opportunity for all of you to K.I.S.S. the season. Every little donation will continue to assist Taliberte to provide Senegalese street-children the basic necessities listed above, such as shoes and medicine.
Thank you and happy holidays!
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Mile 25, minutes from the finish line!