education

My Vote for Mother of the Year

by Marsha Winsryg

The Story of the Woman with 14 Orphans

14  zambian orphans of Dorothy Bwalya
Dorothy Bwalya was a Franciscan Sister in Zambia for 18 years. Internal politics drove her away and when she quit, her family disowned and shunned her. Years later, her siblings began to die of AIDS and other causes and Dorothy began to take in the orphans.
With very little income as a teacher at a vocational school, she has tried to provide for them, but with 14 now, many of them with health problems, it has become impossible.
I am going to write her story in the days leading up to Mother’s Day hoping that some of you out there will recognize her hero Mother status and help me raise money for her to rent a house with more than 2 rooms and eventually become an accredited orphanage.
Stay tuned.

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Two Semesters to Go

by Marsha Winsryg

 

tina school

My name is Tina Manda, born in Livingstone, Zambia, near the great Victoria Falls. I am 28 years old and come from a hardworking family of five. My mother is a single parent, and though it has not been easy to get by, she has always provided the basics for us.

I met Marsha through her work at the Mama Bakhita Cheshire Home where my niece has been a student for ten years. When I graduated from high school I entered several diploma courses (these were not official degree programs-MW) in business to improve my chances of finding a job. In the last three years I have taken purchasing and supply courses (purchasing and supply is the buying of products and services for the smooth running of an organization). With partial sponsorship from the AACDP I have managed to reach an advanced diploma. But I guess this is not enough.

My country’s economy is very unstable right now and people have to really struggle just to earn enough for food and shelter. Getting a job is not easy even with all of my course work and practicums. Most of the advertised jobs are for people with a degree.

I am a good student and been striving to finish my education for six years.
To achieve my goal I must complete two semesters more. My tuition and expenses cost $600 per semester, because I can live at home, so I need $1200 to gain a degree, and, I hope, a job. I will be qualified to work as a procurement officer, a stores officer and an inventory controller.

If I succeed in finding a job after graduating, my desire is to help others in my family continue in school and to somehow help the Mama Bakhita Cheshire school for disabled children that I have had a close connection to through my niece for ten years. One good job can make a difference in a family and even in a community.

If anyone can help me I will be so grateful.

Thank you and God Bless you.

Sincerely,
Tina Manda

If you donate to Tina with the AACDP donate button include an email to me, Marsha Winsryg (info@aacdpafrica.org), saying that this contribution is for Tina and it will go directly to her. You can also communicate  through email with her.Many thanks.

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Persephone for Zambia

by Marsha Winsryg

Spindrift Marionettes will present their version of the Persephone Myth

at the Persephone Event Saturday, April 2

at the Shephard Fine ArtSpace in Oak Bluffs, MA.

$10 entrance

3:30 Puppet making

5:00 Parade – meet at Post Office Sq. in OB before 5, weather permitting

6:00 Puppet Presentation of the Persephone Myth

7:00  Rick Bausman Performing with the African Drum Workshop

8:00  Poetry Reading – Poems inspired by Persephone and Spring

9:00  Dancing to Penny Huff and the Tashmoo Trio –

Fabulous food prepared by Robin LeDoux, Kate Suval and others

Wine after 7pm

Art Auction/African Photos/African Crafts/ Zambezi Dolls

contact Marsha Winsryg 508 693 4059 or marshawinsryg@gmail.com

tickets online at ticketsmv.com/aacdp

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AACDP ANNUAL MEETING

by Marsha Winsryg

Zambian/ American collaboration quilt

Zambian and Vineyard craft women collaborate

Tuesday, October 26th, 5 to 6pm

20 Road to Great Neck (off New Lane), West Tisbury

See a slide show detailing projects and people served in Zambia.

Will end promptly at 6, but come at 4 if you want to chat.

Marsha Winsryg 508 693 4059

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