Saturday, January 7, 2017

Happy New Year!

We want to say thank you for all of  your support over the past year - and let you know some of the goals and plans we have in store for 2017. Please consider supporting us as we take on these challenges!

2016 Successes:
  • Expanded Garden - We took advantage of a large amount of unused property, and are now growing melons and squash.
  • 4 Kindergarten Graduates - Samunzala Ntwala, Makena Muyunda, Matengu Tabo Happy, and Imbuwa Inonge head off to Grade 1. They each received new uniforms and shoes thanks to your donations!
  • 4 Board Members - Becca, Cassie, Kristen, and Luke joined alongside Jess and Elton and have laid the groundwork for our non-profit status in the US.
2017 Plans:
  • Elton's Travel - Elton will be flying to Namibia on January 15 to tackle new garden projects and deliver supplies. 
  • Protein Source - We want to develop a good source of protein for our community, and are currently exploring the best options.
  • Improved Water Tank - We need to repair the base of our current water tank, replacing wood with a metal frame.
  • Expanded Board - We'll be expanding our board to 8 members and finalizing our non-profit status.
If you'd like to show your support for any of these projects, please consider the following:
  • Pray for the safety of our volunteers and staff, wisdom for the leaders, and health for the kids and community we're reaching. 
  • Donate online through GoFundMe.
  • Invite us to your church to present our ministry and recruit more supporters.
  • Share our posts on Facebook to spread the word.
Thanks again for all of your support and encouragement this past year. We hope that you are blessed in 2017!

Through the Holiday Challenge funds, we purchased new uniforms for our grads!

Our growing board: Becca, Elton, Luke, Jess, Kristen, and Cassie.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Holiday Challenge Week 4: Expanded Garden

Our staff has been busy preparing more of our land for additional garden space, and now we're ready to plant! We'd love to grow carrots, spinach, squash, peppers, watermelon, and eggplant - all of which will provide a healthy diet to the children and vulnerable families in our village.

Will you help us reach our $40 goal to purchase seeds and supplies? Visit GoFundMe to support this vital project!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Holiday Challenge Update: Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who has supported us this month! We've had several extremely generous donations during our Holiday Challenge, and we're grateful.

Thanks to you, all 4 of our kindergarten graduates will be receiving new uniforms and brand new shoes as they get ready to enter 1st grade in January. Thanks to you, we have extra funds to put toward a new sprinkler system in a garden that is determined to overcome drought. Thanks to you, we will be able to purchase new supplies for Kanchi's classroom.

Lives are being changed as the people of our community experience God's love through the gifts of food and education. Lives are also being changed across the world as people put their finances - and their faith - into this project. Thank you for your support!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Holiday Challenge Week 3: School Supplies

While some of you are gearing up for Christmas break, our students in Namibia are getting ready for a new school year. We want to kick off 2017 with a classroom that is set up for success. We already have a talented teacher (Kanchi); now we want to provide the class with new school supplies.

If you value education and want to see these kids blossom, consider joining us in week 3 of our giving challenge. Every gift will go a long way in supplying the basic necessities Kanchi's students need.

How can you help?
  • Visit GoFundMe to donate $5, $10, or more!
  • Organize a collection. Here are some items that provide the most value:
    • Coloring Books
    • Flash Cards/Wall Charts (Numbers, Letters, Shapes, Vocabulary)
    • Digital Materials
  • Support us through prayer. 
  • Share this post on Facebook to let your friends know how they can help.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Challenge Week 2: Garden Sprinklers

A few weeks ago, we shared with you how severe the drought has been - and the measures we're taking to prevent further damage. We expanded our cistern well in order to store more water, but now we need to improve how we deliver that water to our crops.

For about $300 per section of vegetables, we can upgrade and expand our sprinkler system so that the extreme heat does not scorch the plants. If hunger and nutrition are important to you, please consider supporting this vital ministry. Preserving the garden will ensure that the kids in our kindergarten and hungry families in our village will have a healthy food source year round. 

Remember, we aren't asking for any one person to support this entire effort - but every dollar helps. If each of our supporters chipped in $5 or $10, we'd have enough to fund the entire garden!

Visit GoFundMe to donate online. Thank you for your support!

Cistern Expansion Project, November 2016

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Holiday Challenge Week 1: Kindergarten Grads

It's week 1 of our Holiday Challenge, and we're kicking it off with some very special individuals.

This year, we have 4 students graduating from our kindergarten and gearing up for Grade 1. We would love to provide each of them with a school uniform and shoes, which will cost $25 each.

Will you join us in showing love and support for these students? Let us know if you will sponsor one of them financially or through prayer.

Kindergarten Graduates

Imbuwa Inonge 

Makena Muyunda

Matengu Tabo Happy

Samunzala Ntwala

Holiday Challenge

As the Christmas season draws near, we are reminded of how blessed we are: we have faithful financial donors, people following us online and praying for our projects, and several extremely dedicated individuals serving on the front lines.

But this holiday season, we want to challenge you to take the next step. If you have ever considered supporting Sinanzi, this is the perfect time of year to give generously. Each week leading up to Christmas, we will reveal a new project or individual that you can support.

Here are a few ways that you can help:

  • Give Online: You can give a one-time or recurring donation through GoFundMe.
  • Team Up: Every dollar counts, and it can add up quickly! Choose one of our weekly initiatives, and then recruit your family, friends, church, or co-workers to reach that goal. 
  • Pray: Pray for each of the individuals and projects that we share over the next month. Challenge yourself to pray daily.
  • Share: One of the biggest impacts you can have is spreading the word. Please share our posts on Facebook, and tell your friends about Sinanzi. The dramatically increases our reach online and around the world, resulting in more support and more awareness.

Thank you for your support! Stay tuned for our first weekly giving opportunity.