Helen Project International, Inc. is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization in the Commonwealth of The Virginia. Our mission is to financially assist African Grandmothers living in Kenya, South Africa and Ghana who are raising orphan children infected and affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
Message from the Founder and Executive Director
My Dear Friends:
We are so grateful for the support we have had from our donors over the past four years. I have witnessed first hand the results of your generous donations to help us assist our Grandmothers and orphan children in Winneba, Ghana, West Africa, to the many villages in rural Kenya, such as Nandi; Chepkunyuk and surrounding villages; Kapkugerwet; Fort-Ternan; Kejiriet; Soin; Bomet; Kipsitet; and the orphan home in Kericho.
In Winneba, Ghana Grandmother Sophia has been successful in starting her firewood business! Sadly her oldest grandson Emmanuel was struck by a motor bike and has had operations to help him regain his ability to walk. Third grader Samuel loves school and wants to use a "computer at home to do his homework". I am excited about our new Micro-lending project for Winneba Grandmothers to start their own business. We are partnering with the Winneba Sister City Commission to launch this needed project which will assist vulnerable women and children have a sustainable income and a future. Once again I thank God for my Grandmother Helen. She was an example of love, compassion, and always reached out to others in need. So I thank God for those who hear about and see the need from my reports, and give generously. I know that with continued support from friends like you, our donors, we will be able to continue assisting these grandmothers in Kenya and Ghana.
In 2012, we broke ground for the Women's Center and Hostel in Kenya. Please see the video from this blessed event and you too will rejoice. It is our goal that construction will be completed in less than two years (2). We are on our way! This past month the revised architectural plan was sent to us and you will see why we are rejoicing with our partners and Grandmothers! For those of you who are new to our project, this Women's Center/Hostel will provide a safe haven and place of business for our Grandmothers who walk or ride for hours to meet for fellowship and training. With this Women's Center and Hostel, they will have a central location to gather for training, business, fellowship and lodging.
It is our hope to be able to send vegetable seeds, and to support the Pfukekani Community Feeding program in South Africa. However, it is through your help, financially, to THPI, Inc. that we can make a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters.
I ask that you continue to pray for us and the Grandmothers and orphan children we strive to serve. Pray for the orphan children who lost their widowed grandmother Florence in Soin, Kenya on last week.
The Nigerian proverb that says, "It takes a village to raise a child," is a truth in many African communities. My friends no amount is too small. Your tax deductible donation will be a blessing to many in need. Thank you for considering these sisters and their families in rural Africa. On behalf of our Board of Directors, I thank you so much for joining us in this effort!
Dr. Dale L. Johnson
Grandmother Sophia's Firewood Business in Winneba, Ghana, West Africa.