Our daughter Katie and myself landed this morning in Lusaka, in a clear cool African dawn. We have with us two large suitcases full of donated bras from women in the UK who have responded enthusiastically to our latest fundraising wheeze for VisionAfrica. It turns out that our unused, too big or too small, too fancy or too plain, bras are in demand here where few women can afford them.
Thanks to previous donations a women’s group in Linda compound now have a bra selling business with all proceeds going to support (!) their projects, including other income generating activities, supporting vulnerable children in the community, and helping families living with HIV/Aids. It’s another instance where VisionAfrica has developed in unforeseen and amazing ways over the years; this bra bonanza has tapped into a well of generosity and uncovered a hidden resource which people are eager to share.
In our week here we will be visiting the other VisionAfrica projects including the new community center, the school, the hospice, the health clinic and the youth football team. We can’t wait to meet up with our friends and share news of developments in the buildings and the bras. Thanks to all of you who have given over the years to build this bridge of Friends Helping Friends. It is an example of what can spring from giving and receiving in relationships.
If you want to follow our progress in Zambia or donate you can visit our website at www.visionafrica.co.uk
With love, Sue