education

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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Zambian Baskets and Congolese Kuba Cloth

The African Artists’ Community Development Project will be hosting an International Craft Bazaar at the Grange Hall on Tuesday, August 3, from12  to 4.

On sale will be baskets, jewelry, carvings, textiles from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Ghana and Niger. All profits benefit the indigenous people of these countries, including orphaned and disabled children. For information: Marsha Winsryg,  508 693 4059

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Melanie DeMore Concert for Zambian Disabled=

Thursday, August – Zambia Is Us Concert

Preconcert party – 4:30 to 5:30 in the Highlands in East Chop

Silent Auction with handmade quilts – a collaboration of Zambian and Island women- 6pm

Opening act Suesan Stovall at 7:30pm

Featuring  Melanie DeMore and the Instantaneous Community Choir at 8pm

Tickets $25 at Island Entertainment, Alley’s General Store and Above Ground Records and online through TicketsMV (+party $50)

Come and see one of a kind African auction items, the soulful and groovy songstylist Suesan Stovall and the awesome inspiration on Melanie DeMore, and help Zambian children at the same time! Let music and art help us wage peace together.

For information call Marsha at 508 693 4059.

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Education Urgently Desired

by Marsha Winsryg

they aren't allowed to grow food for themselves on a farm!

stuck on the farm, and it's not even theirs...

This Zambian family lives on a giant plantation farm owned by a foreigner, who barely provides shelter and does not allow them to grow any food for themselves except corn and pumpkins. They are too far out in the countryside to be able to go to school because they cannot afford transportation.

Last year their oldest daughter, paralyzed from birth, died of malaria. The AACDP had provided a wheelchair for her, which she had never had before. After her death, we sent money for the family to grow a small field of corn and pumpkins. When I visited them for the first time last January, they proudly took me to their lush crop of corn, interspersed with pumpkin vines.

When asked why they didn’t grow other vegetables for the family, they replied that it was not allowed.

This policy cannot be legal, but wealthy landowners are not required to treat their farmers fairly.

Has not been to schoolin three years

Peggy

We want to find a sponsor for Peggy, who has not been able to attend school since sixth grade. She will need a tutor to help her catch up to her age group, and will need to board at a secondary school in Lusaka. This will cost about $1000 per year.

This is her only hope of climbing out of the cycle of poverty in rural Zambia.
We are small, we know the people we send money to. We know how to make sure the money gets to them securely and we monitor their progress, as can you. We take no part of your donation but support the AACDP  with craft sales and fundraising. You can email and write and receive letters and photographs.

Education provides self respect as well as sustainability, one child at a time.

See our sponsorship page.

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