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Kusewera Village Updates

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2017 has been very exciting so far! After we broke ground last year on our 13 acres in Malawi, construction of Phase 1 began soon after. In July this year, we opened the Kusewera Village Community Center and began utilizing our warehouse for donations, equipment and school supplies. We also hosted volunteers in the guest house! We have hired a few additional staff to continue our programs that educate and empower the hundreds of children we get to serve all year-round. We have so much to be grateful for.

L to R: admin house ~ guest house ~ community center ~ warehouse

We have been able to move the preschoolers and kindergartners from an old, worn out building with no roof, into the community center. The kids will now be more protected from the sun, and kept dry during the rainy season. As we grow and raise funds, we will be able to furnish each room with the necessary items for the various classes. Soon, we’ll have small chairs and tables for the classroom as well as a consistent food program that will feed them a daily serving of a government approved, vitamin enriched porridge.

Volunteer teams were able to stay in the guest house this summer. The house has 4 guest rooms with 3 bunk beds in each (mosquito nets for each bed) and each room has its own bathroom. The open kitchen, dining and living area is a welcoming space for volunteers to eat, relax and enjoy discussions of the day and socialize. A large covered porch allows guests to relax outside in the shade, or watch Malawi’s beautiful sunsets in the evenings.

Our next phase is the construction of the sports field and court, as well as hiring additional teachers and staff necessary to create the best learning experience possible for the children. If you are interested in supporting Kusewera’s efforts, consider committing to a monthly donation of $20, $40, $80, etc or even a one-time donation! All support is welcome and appreciated. Click HERE to donate now! You can also TEXT to give easily from your mobile phone by texting “give” to 855-278-PLAY (7529).

Interested in joining a Kusewera team in 2018, bringing your own group, or serving individually? Check out the trips and information page or reach out to us if you have questions! Kusewera@gmail.com

Community Center update!

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Construction has started on our 13 acres of land in Malawi, Africa! The community center and volunteer guest house is being built as we speak! Thank you all for your support. We have a ways to go, to build the rest but it’s a start! If you want to donate to the project, you can do so here!

Click here to learn more about Kusewera Village in Malawi!

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Nathan Fillion helps raise $273K for Kusewera!

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Kusewera Ambassador, Nathan Fillion, of ABC’s hit series Castle, has been a part of the Kusewera team for a while. With a Twitter following of 3.37 million, and fans from all over the world, he’s using his platform for good. Nathan gained critical acclaim and a cult following when he starred in the TV Series, Firefly, feature continuation, Serenity. No matter where his fans come from in his career spanning 22 years, they are loyal, have huge hearts, and they get behind his philanthropic endeavors.

His “Spend the day with Nathan” campaign raised $51K and his t-shirt campaign (w/ a nod to his Firefly character, Captain Malcolm Reynolds) sold over 17,000 t-shirts which raised $222K, a combined $273K for Kusewera!

In honor of his loyal fans, the internet cafe and computer lab at the new Community Center in Malawi, Africa will be called the Firefly Internet Cafe! Thank you Nathan and thank you to his fans and everyone who supports Kusewera!

Nathan in tshrit

 

As we continue to raise funds for the Kusewera Village in Malawi, you can always donate here:

https://www.crowdrise.com/KuseweraCommunityCenter 

Zikomo Kwambiri!

Reggie Lee’s Auction Helps Boost Funds for Good!

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Through generous donations, Kusewera is able to help those in need. When our Ambassadors utilize their platform they’ve been blessed with, we are often able to raise even more! Reggie Lee, of NBC’s hit show Grimm, is a Kusewera Ambassador who did an auction on Charity Buzz recently, with proceeds going to Kusewera. With those funds, we were able to purchase and donate many items for Mtendere Children’s Village, an orphanage we work with in Malawi, Africa, along with some donations for other kids and organizations in the surrounding area.

Reggie Lee blog post photo strip

On my most recent trip to Malawi, I was able to purchase and hand-deliver much needed text books for kids in both Primary and Secondary grades that will help them study for their exams. Other needs that we were able to meet… the purchase of white boards for the classrooms, school fees, shoes, paint and brushes for art class, pre-school chairs, sports equipment, kitchen supplies and much more!

We’ve been blessed to be able to raise funds that make a difference, and we thank all of you for your continued support. Our current campaign for the Kusewera Village – A Community Center and Sports Complex in Malawi, has exceeded our goal! bit.ly/1Hlp4Jy  We can’t do all this without you… so thank you!

~Karen Osborn, Founder

 

Kusewera Ambassadors

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Kusewera is excited to announce our new Ambassadors page! Check it out here!

Celebrities, athletes and musicians are teaming up with Kusewera to help make a difference in the lives of kids in Malawi, Africa and the Philippines. Our goal is to empower and educate children in impoverished areas of the world through active and creative play. Kusewera’s current project is building a Community Center and Sports Complex in the Lilongwe area of Malawi. See the layout of our vision of the project here!

Whether it’s Nathan Fillion’s generous donations towards the building of the Kusewera Community Center in Malawi, Sherri Saum and Jason George’s consistent support over the years at benefits and events, or Tenley Molzahn volunteering with Kusewera on trips to both Malawi, Africa and the Philippines… this group of Ambassadors is top notch and they willingly open their hearts and utilize their platform for good, helping spread awareness and support locally, nationally and around the globe.

We thank you!

 Ambassadors in the act photo strip

SPRING CLEANING – DONATION DROP OFF!

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We are once again collecting items that will give aid to flood victims in Malawi, Africa who lost their homes and belongings. We need to fill up a 20 foot container that is being shipped over to Malawi next month! see previous post for more details on where these items will be going https://www.kusewera.org/?p=687

If you are in the Los Angeles area and doing some Spring cleaning, have items to donate or just want to help, we will be collecting donations this SATURDAY, March 28th, between 10am -11am at the Public Storage in West LA – 1617 Pontius Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90025.

**For those not in the area or wanting donate $ instead, you can do so at www.kusewera.org/donate

Items we are collecting:

-Clothes (all sizes, think conservative – skirts/dresses to the knee or longer and shirts for women / girls, pants and shirts for men / boys)

-Blankets

-Coats (yes it gets chilly in Malawi at night during their winter)

-Shoes (flat or comfortable shoes, sneakers, dress shoes – low heel for walking)

-Socks

-Backpacks, bags

-Hair supplies (for a salon they trained girls for and helped start – hair dryers, curling irons, etc.)

-Kitchen supplies (pots and pans, silverware, cups)

-Bicycles

We hope to see you on Saturday!

Karen, Michelle and the Kusewera team

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Kusewera helps gather items for flood victims in Malawi

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Kusewera is teaming up with award winning Hollywood makeup artist, Tracey Anderson, to gather donated items headed for Malawi, Africa supporting the Jacaranda Foundation. The Jacaranda Foundation provides quality free education to 400 orphans in Malawi, as well as integrated orphan care, with a spirit of hard work, generosity, compassion and self-reliance. The foundation also teaches skills to students so that they can create a way to make a sustainable income.

As you may have read, Malawi suffered intense rains from Cyclone Bansi in January this year, flooding most of Southern Malawi, where the Jacaranda School is located. Unicef Malawi reported over one million people affected countrywide, 336,00 people displaced, 645 injured, 172 missing and 104 confirmed dead. Malawi is already one of the least developed countries in the world, and with tragedies like these, the country is even more burdened with finding assistance. Tracey raised the funds to send a 20 foot shipping container to southern Malawi, and we need your help filling it with donations!

If you are in the Los Angeles area and doing some Spring cleaning, have items to donate or just want to help, we will be collecting donations on SUNDAY, February 22, between 1-3pm at the Public Storage in West LA – 1606 Cotner Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90025. Storage Unit 8107, 3rd floor, enter on Massachusetts Ave.  If lost or confused as to the entrance, call Tracey at 310-443-6660.

**For those not in the area or wanting donate $ instead, you can do so at www.kusewera.org/donate

Items we are collecting:

-Clothes (all sizes, think conservative – skirts/dresses to the knee or longer and shirts for women / girls, pants and shirts for men / boys)

-Blankets

-Coats (yes it gets chilly in Malawi at night during their winter)

-Shoes (flat or comfortable shoes, sneakers, dress shoes – low heel for walking)

-Socks

-Backpacks, bags

-Hair supplies (for a salon they trained girls for and helped start – hair dryers, curling irons, etc.)

-Kitchen supplies (pots and pans, silverware, cups)

-Bicycles

We hope to see you on Sunday!

Karen, Michelle and the Kusewera team

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#GivingTuesday – Kusewera Community Center and Sports Complex – Malawi, Africa

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Kusewera is taking part in #GivingTuesday and we hope you’ll join us! In this holiday time, people shop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday… and in the midst of it all, we sometimes need to be reminded about giving. This national day of giving is a 24 hour period of time on December 2nd, for everyone to remember to give. Luckily, we’ve made it easy for you and we even have an exciting new project we are fundraising for! To learn more about this project, read below and click on this link to donate on December 2nd…and beyond! http://bit.ly/1yb0ypF

Kusewera is expanding it’s reach in Malawi, Africa! We are in the beginning stages of the KUSEWERA COMMUNITY CENTER AND SPORTS COMPLEX! This project will allow Kusewera to reach more kids in our efforts to empower and educate children through active and creative PLAY! We’ll be able to help thousands of children and families in the Lilongwe area. Kusewera will be able to accomplish it’s mission with a soccer field, sport court, official track, dance and yoga classes, art classes, English classes, free guardian encouragement classes, counseling, a computer lab and more! A volunteer guest house will be located on the property, for short-term and long-term volunteers to go in-person, to share their experience, knowledge and love to the people of Malawi. Join us in this exciting new project and help us continue to make a difference in the Warm Heart of Africa!

Happy Holidays!

Ebola concerns

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In light of recent issues with the Ebola outbreak, Kusewera is addressing anxious travelers and giving some insight. For those with concerns about traveling to Malawi, Africa with Kusewera, please know that we take the safety of our volunteers seriously and will always comply with government and CDC travel warnings and policies regarding any matters that may arise, and would adjust our cancellation policies accordingly if such travel limitations and warnings are issued. Our next volunteer trip to Malawi isn’t until April 2015, and the reports are encouraging that this should be contained well before that. The Ebola outbreak is in West Africa (Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea) and Kusewera travels to Malawi which is in South East Africa, approximately 5200 miles away from the countries with the outbreak. See map. For reference, the distance from LA to NY is 2800 miles. For updated travel information, please see these links below. 
The CDC is the Center for Disease Control. All global medical professionals refer to this as a valid and recognizable source on global health concerns:

Jennifer Parsons’ photo makes top 3!

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Jennifer Parsons, a Kusewera trip volunteer photographer and nurse, joined us in the Philippines at the end of 2013. She stayed a month longer after our group left and went on her own, down to Tacloban to assist with relief efforts from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. One of her photos has made it to the final 3 in Mercy Corps “Humankind Photo Competition” and we hope she wins! Let’s support her work, and vote for this beautiful photo! It’s really easy, just click this link http://ow.ly/As8at and vote for her  photo on the page! Once you click on that link, it’s the far left image of the beautiful Filipino woman standing behind the fence in her yard. Congrats Jen, on this accomplishment!

Here is her beautiful photo!

Jennifer Parsons contest photo

Jennifer Parsons in the Philippines