One Of My Favorite Foundations!

by Kathy Sykes on November 15, 2009 · 0 comments

Marie da Silva says the name for her school comes from the Jacaranda tree, which symbolizes hope.

Two years ago, while I was doing internet research on using a nanny to care for our child, I heard about Maria De Silva being one of the CNN Heros of 2008. Maria is a native of Malawi South Africa but was working as a nanny in California when she began to send money back to her home in order to build a school for children who were orphaned by parents who had died from AIDS. The school is called the Jacaranda School.

I read her heros story and was immediately touched. Then, I went to the Jacaranda School website and found out how MUCH a small donation would purchase for a child’s education in Malawi. Just as an example:

$10 feeds an orphan for a month

$20 sends an orphan to school for a month

$50 is the price of a school desk (sits 2 students)

$90 is the monthly salary of a school teacher in Malawi

EDUCATION=POWER

That was when I made my first donation. Why am I blogging about this two years later? The Jacaranda School is always in the periphery of my mind and coming up on the Thanksgiving holiday, I have decided to make another donation and PAY IT FORWARD. The Lord has blessed my family and I so graciously this year (as always) that it is my desire to continue to bless someone else.

There is so much more to the story that I didn’t add in this post that I encourage you to go to the links and learn more about Maria De Silva and the Jacaranda School. It is worth reading. Maybe you will be inspired to make a donation.  If you do not make a donation to this foundation, please consider finding one that can be a family tradition to PAY IT FORWARD for all of your blessings.

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