We know from the several years that we have worked with him that Gideon Ben-Ami, our grantee in Israel, not only loves to feed hungry people but is always on the lookout for simple but meaningful acts of kindness that will change things for the better. This morning when alerted to the situation, he was introduced to the two young mothers and their toddlers pictured here. The four were flown to Israel from Haiti for urgent and advanced heart surgery required for genetic heart problems that would have resulted in death if not repaired. While doctors and the hospital all donated their services and housing and travel costs were covered, the families had very few resources to cover other needs before they return to Haiti on December 25. Enter Gideon! When alerted to the situation he shopped for basic food and added some items he had in stock making them more comfortable in their unfamiliar surroundings.
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We love to hear from Amy (Sacks) Zeide, particularly after her famous Amy’s Holiday Party is over. This extraordinary Atlanta event (now in its 21st year–Amy was 12 when she started this in response to the theft of holiday toys from a local shelter– and part of Amy’s organization, Creating Connected Communities) brings together hundreds of local kids for a day of games, dancing, food and gifts to celebrate the holiday season. Coordinating the entire day are teen volunteers. Amy wrote today: “I want to thank you and The Good People Fund for everything you did to help us provide for so many children in need and offer so many meaningful teen volunteer opportunities… With your support, we were able to rent a larger tent to expand our party space. This will be the last year at this facility but the tent was a tremendous help to keep everything running smoothly. We also hired a 4th bus to transport more volunteers…In 2016 we have plans to put a 5th program on our calendar and develop our leadership training curriculum to include more Jewish teens”
We are excited about helping Amy. She is exactly what the Good People Fund is all about.
“Quadratic Expression & Equations”,” Verb Tenses, Direct/Indirect Speech, Letter Writing, Poetry Composition”,” Photosynthesis in Plants, Nutrition in Plants & Animals, Circulatory System”—all subjects we would expect to be taught in high schools around the country. In this context they are actually part of the course syllabus for senior students at Saint Mary Kevin Children’s Home in Uganda and part of a report sent to us this week by Gloria Baker Feinstein, founder of Change the Truth (CTT).
It was Gloria’s trip to Uganda in 2006 that introduced her to this group of children, many of whom were orphaned due to the AIDS outbreak in Africa. Vowing to “change the truth” for these young people, Gloria began CTT which provides funding for food, shelter, clothing, medical needs, education, and more.
The Good People Fund’s grant has made it possible for the senior students to receive intensive tutoring and enrichment classes during holiday periods. Gloria’s recent detailed report has proven to us once again the impact of our funds. We could not be happier knowing that these young people, who had little chance of a bright future, may now go on to college and become self-sufficient, productive members of society.
Did you know there is a web site dedicated to entrepreneurs and their creative ideas?
We were honored to be featured this week on a great site called ideamensch. Check out the article and answer some of the questions we were asked. You will be surprised what you can learn about yourself!
When Jacob Sztokman, founder of Gabriel Project Mumbai (GPM), began his program to address the profound hunger in Mumbai’s slums, he never fully realized how that effort would eventually evolve. When Shravan Sharma, an 11-year-old boy who died last year due to lack of accessible health care in the slums, Jacob’s very soul was touched. In the world we all know, 11-year-olds just don’t die. It was that event that drove Jacob to find the funds to not only help feed these kids and give them an education but also to provide them with a standard of healthcare not normally found in the slums.
This week, the Shravan Health Clinic opened its doors in the Kalwa slums. A joint venture with Doctors For You, it is expected that children, pre and post-natal moms and others will benefit from this life-saving venture.
We are not surprised. GPM was Jacob’s response to the dire conditions he saw in the slums while on business trips to India. This new clinic was Jacob’s perfectly normal response to the death of a young child for no good reason. It’s just what Good People do.
The new machines are up and running!
We’ve got three now (shipped to us from Singapore this week) and are excited to scale our impact and produce more soap. We’ve also added a few extra tables, a drying rack and some used furniture (chairs mostly) using your funds. And a fresh coat of paint!
I wanted you to see these pictures before anyone else – so you can know where your money is going and how grateful we feel to have your support. 🙂
This short note and picture arrived this morning and proves once again how quickly our tzedakah dollars can “do some good!” The writer is Erin Zaikis, founder of Sundara, one of our latest grantees whose work focuses on reducing preventable hygiene-related deaths and disease by creating sustainable soap recycling programs for under-served populations worldwide. With hotels throwing away billions of bars of gently used soap annually, Sundara collects those bars before they hit the garbage, cleans, sanitizes and packages them for distribution in conjunction with basic hygiene classes. The bonus? Community members are enlisted to the effort, offered employment and training, and perhaps most important of all, dignity. In the slums of Mumbai where these new machines are now being used nothing could be more important!