Wow! Where has the time gone? JustUsFriends has been so busy there never seems to be enough time to get it all done. This volunteer stuff is way more demanding than my last “paying” job. But, I will tell you, the rewards I have received from working with JustUsFriends and their mission, is way more rewarding than any “paying” job I ever had! The rewards come everyday when the children and people you are helping are so grateful. The love, peace, and joy you feel in your heart is not like anything I have ever felt. I am so grateful to be involved with this group.
A lot has happened since I last blogged. I am going to try and catch you up really quick so you can be up-to-date with our program. In May we traveled back to Arusha for the dedication ceremony of or first clinic, Loren’s Hope. In July, we rented a temporary building on the other side of Arusha, in Usa River, and opened up a second clinic, Loren’s Hope II. Since July, we have been looking for property to build our permanent location and have now found the perfect place. A 12.5 acre tract of land near Arusha National Park. We have recently had the property surveyed and hopefully will have all the paperwork complete within the next month. I will be traveling back to Tanzania in a couple of weeks to finish up the transaction. This will be the future home of Loren’s Hope compound. The compound will include a boys and girls orphanage wing, a mess hall, offices for JustUsFriends, offices of African Journey Tours (our safari company), a volunteer house, two doctor’s houses, and the medical clinic. We will also incorporate keyhole gardens for vegetables, plant fruit trees, raise coffee, raise poultry and cows for dairy. You can find out more details about the new compound on our website, www.justusfriends.us, in a video located on our home page.
We had a very successful fundraiser in Austin, Texas on December 1st at The Belmont. This was our first annual Music Extravaganza. The bands were awesome, food wonderful, and the silent auction fabulous. A huge thank you goes out to all those who worked so hard to pull this together. The performers, Lauren Silva, Annie Benjamin, Wes Cunningham, Joshua Joseph, Tom Melancon, The Continuums, and Aqua Jones all volunteered their talents to make this such a wonderful evening. We had folks fly in from New York, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Colorado, and California. It was fabulous!. Can’t wait until the 2nd Annual Music Extravaganza!
We have a wonderful Acapulco Vacation which we are trying to sell. This is a $5,600 trip that was donated to our silent auction, sold for $3,000, but we were unable to collect the funds. We will make you a great deal on this vacation and the best part is that you will be able to write this off on your taxes as a donation. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and don’t miss out on a wonderful chance to stay in your very own private villa on Acapulco Bay. More information and photos can be viewed on our website at: www.justusfriends.us
We have several really exciting things coming our way in the near future. Stay tuned as I can’t wait to share them with all of you. Shouldn’t be too long now! Also, if you have not visited our website in a while, please log on from the link above,and see all the new and exciting details there!
Until Next Time…and I’ll try keep you more informed on a regular basis!