Urafiki Playground

Raised: $4,741.00
Goal: $8,500.00

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Updated posted by David Weinlick 19 days ago

Hello everyone!

This is a video that the Kimaros just sent to me. I met Joseph when I was there. This is the kind of work that Sherry and Living Water are doing for kids.



Updated posted by David Weinlick 20 days ago

Hello everyone!

Here are some pictures of my American Girl items that I am selling. Everything together is $300. (Some items are not shown as I can only post three pictures at a time.) The buyer can receive a charitable donation receipt if the check is made out to Living Water Children's Fund.

Thanks for spreading the word! Emily



Updated posted by David Weinlick 1 month ago

Hello everyone! I'm back from New York where I had lots of fun.

While I was in New York I met many people who worked with Living Water and similar projects. I met Sherry Fine who works largely with Living Water and is supporting me in my project. When I met her it was
so much fun to share my love for the kids with someone who had also had the same experience I had. My mom was crying when Sherry handed me the award. We often get emotional when we think about the kids and our time over there. It reminded me of the night at the Center when the kids held hands and sang under the full moon. My mom was crying so hard she had to go around the building to calm down. She said they were happy tears though.

While I was in New York I also enjoyed having time with Charlie, my brother and best friend, at the Natural History Museum and FAO Shwartz. He has supported me in my project a ton. He babysat my younger siblings when I was in Africa, he donated once to my project which touched my heart, and he also was very flexible when I went to my fundraisers.
(He is not a very talkative person, and he doesn't like groups so I understand why he might have been uncomfortable at times. I do love him ever so much for helping me in my project.)

I am selling some of my American Girl stuff: A kitchen set (table/chairs, refrigerator, stove/sink, bed, horse, doll, food, clothing, and a bathroom set for $300 (everything together retails for over $450). The money will be put towards the playground. Pictures of the items are available upon request if anyone is interested. If you or anyone you know would be interested, contact me through my page. Thank you for considering.

Goodbye until my next update!

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Created by David Weinlick on May 14, 2013

There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.
Nelson Mandela

Be a part of this great opportunity to make a big difference in the lives of many people. Please consider donating! Every donation, no matter how small, can make a difference for these kids...

Hi! My name is Emily, and I am a twelve year old, home schooled girl from Woodbury, Minnesota. This last September, I traveled to Tanzania for two weeks to work with orphans at the Living Water Children's Center. I have been working to spread the word about LWCC and the work they do for children from tragic, broken backgrounds. I am already planning my return trip for May 2015.

Living Water Children Centre was established in 2003 after Anza Kimaro met a six year old living on the streets and shared the story with his family. They researched the sad facts and learned that there are over 1 million orphans in Tanzania due to the HIV/AIDS and the malaria pandemic. The Kimaro’s home was renovated to welcome children into their home, and family income was used to ensure that children had food, medical care and other necessities. The Kimaro family started with two children in March 2003 and is currently serving over 50.

The Center has dreams of building a playground for the children, but that is a big project. But not so big that we can't make it happen for them! Due to the logistics of a project this size, I will be collaborating with Sherry Fine, founder of the Living Water Children's Fund (see picture) and Tom Gill from the Global Play Alliance and East African Playgrounds. Every dollar I raise will go directly towards the building of the playground.

This is a big opportunity to help not only these kids but other children that unfortunately may someday need a place like this. The playground will show a great big thanks to the Kimaro family who have dedicated their lives to helping these kids. Help me in showing the Kimaros just how much what they are doing matters. Be part of turning the lives of these children into something worth smiling about. Pay forward the goodness and blessings in your life to those who need it most. Everyone has it in their power to help make this happen.

(picture) Sherry Fine, founder of the Living Water Children's Fund, visits the center. Since its inception in 2007, the fund has raised more than $100,000 and the number of the children served has more than doubled.

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Thanks so much to Elizabeth & Emily for volunteering at LWCC. We were very lucky to have you with us. You brought so much joy, love and fun times to the children and were an inspiration to us all during your stay and we miss you both already! The children are so excited about the new playground and we cant wait to make it happen. Best wishes from us all in Arusha. We hope to see you next year!

posted by David Kimaro 6 months ago

Here is the link to our page: www.facebook.com/LWCCUSA

posted by Dave Manley 7 months ago

Hi Emily! I work with Sherry on the LWCC USA Board here in the US. We have a Facebook Page that we'd love for you and your followers to join. Feel free to post photos and comment to keep us all updated on your experience!

posted by Dave Manley 7 months ago

I'm so proud of Emily for the work she'll be doing for the Tanzanian orphans, and I hope you'll support her efforts.

posted by David Weinlick 11 months ago

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Keep up the good work, Emily. I already adore you but now I am admiring you more and more every day.



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