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Complete: Food & Household Needs Project for Mirriam -Zambia: $540 Raised! -Thank You.

3 September 2009 4 Comments

This project is now complete.
Launched: June 3, 2009.  Completed September 3, 2009.

Household Needs Project for Mirriam Mapaso (9) of Zambia
Our goal was to raise $540

$540 Raised! Thank You.

See photos of Mirriam with her gifts.


Mirriam Mapaso (9) with family

Our goal was to give Mirriam Mapaso (9) and her family of Zambia the following gifts: bunkbeds, mattresses, blankets, school shoes and supplies, clothing items, and food supplies. Please stay tuned for photos and updates on this complete project.

Mirriam is the sponsor child of Heather LaBonte, the Head of Promotions and new partner at Aura’s House. Some donors and regular viewers may remember Heather from Small Project #19 and Daniela of the Dominican Republic

Their Needs Are:

Bunk Bed  $125
2 Mattresses  $75
School Uniforms  $21
School Bags  $21
Text Books  $21
Shoes and socks  $28
2 Blankets  $30
2 bags mealie meal  $30
Rice  $6
Sugar  $11
5 liters cooking oil  $12
Bathing and washing  Soap  $10
Clothes  $42
Kitchen Utensils  $56
Atlas and Dictionary $40.
Note: The cost of school supplies includes those of her young sister Maria as well
The total cost to provide Mirriam and her family with their special needs is approximately $540.

The sponsor of Mirriam is Heather LaBonte of Bristol, UK.
Heather writes:

“Mirriam is a lovely girl living in a very poor area of Zambia. Most families in the Kanyama compounds (communities) cannot afford adequate or nutritious food. In fact, children may go hungry for days because families cannot buy food. Malnutrition is widespread, causing significant developmental issues.

Mirriam’s parents are separated and have to work far away so she lives with relatives. She loves to dance and play. She also helps out the family with chores at home. She thankfully attends school. In Kanyama, a dusty squatter settlement on the outskirts of Lusaka, as many as 75 percent of the children cannot go to school due to the lack of classrooms. Access isn’t the only challenge. Most families can’t afford supplies, tuition or uniforms.

I really want Mirriam and the other children to have an atlas and a proper dictionary to help them open up their minds and learn even more. The beds, blankets and mattresses will make a good night’s sleep much easier for all of the children in the household. School shoes, clothing items and extra food supplies will be a big help too. It is easy to take for granted little things like food and clothing.

Your donation can really make someone’s day when the future sometimes looks bleak. Hope is all these children have and pick-me-ups like this can help them persevere and try harder to improve their lives. Sometimes it is just good to know someone out there really cares.”

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  • heatherlabonteefthymiou said:

    So excited Mirriam is finally up! She has been waiting 1 year and 8 mos and she really deserves this. She is such a good kid who writes me letters and does the best she can in life. Please give generously! 🙂

  • Kristen said:

    Sorry again about the wait. Much of that was due to the site being on hold for about 8 months. In a way I’m glad it happened though as I had a chance to reorganize and redesign the site. Without a break, it never would have happened.

  • Heather said:

    Yeah i do know about the 8 months break but it is good it happened so site could come back up again!:)

  • Dee said:

    Should be closed now, Yeah!

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