Monday, June 22, 2009

Be our Facebook Friend!

We love to share the story of our mission to help feed, clothe and educate the orphan and at-risk children of Tanzania.

How can you help?

- Add us as one of your Facebook friends and tell others we'd like to be their Facebook friend too.

- Help us to promote our cause on Facebook. Join our "Cause" on Facebook and help us recruit others to join the cause in a visible stand in support of these precious children.

When we join together, with hearts in unity, we can truly make a difference.

Karibu! We warmly welcome you!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Gift for You

On behalf of the orphan and at-risk children of Tanzania, we extend to you their warm greetings. They send wishes for blessings in your lives just as they have been blessed by so many kind-hearted people around the world.

We have accomplished so much by joining together with our hearts in unity to give these children a better life. We celebrate our successes, and we welcome your continued support in our mission to make a difference in the lives of these precious children of Tanzania.

As you give a gift from your heart to help feed, clothe and educate these children, we want also to give a gift back to you... a gift direct from Tanzania.

Visit our website at www.heartsinunity.org and click on the "Gift for You" link at the top of the page to learn more and to select your "thank you gift".

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Lesson from First Grade

If anyone would ever doubt the impact that a child can make in the world, they'd have to look no farther than the kids in Mrs. Otzelberger-Held’s first grade class at Amy Belle Elementary School.

In partnership with Hearts in Unity, the students at Amy Belle School recently learned about life in Tanzania.

They were captivated by the vivid photos and first-hand stories of the daily struggles faced by children living in third world countries. They saw how the daily lives of the children in Tanzania were different than their own, and yet similar in so many ways.

And in recognizing the great need of the children in Tanzania for even the most basic of items -- food, clothing and education -- a group of 19 amazing first-graders dedicated themselves to a goal of raising enough money to purchase a dairy cow as a way to help feed the orphan and at-risk children in Tanzania.

With the wonderful support and guidance of their teacher Mrs. Otzelberger-Held, they organized both a bake sale and used book sale. Rallying together their fellow students in this mission, not only did they raise $500 to purchase a dairy cow in Tanzania, they also raised an additional $200 which they dedicated to additional Hearts in Unity projects to help feed, clothe and educate the children in the villages of Seela and Mwika.

As we look at these first graders, we see a glimpse into our future. Even at this young age, they are already changing the world. It's amazing!

We could learn a lot from them, if we just take their lead and open our hearts, as they have, to others in need.

They've already shown us that it really is quite simple.

To learn more about helping to feed the children of Tanzania through a donation of a cow, goats or chickens, please visit our website at www.heartsinunity.org

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sharing the World

“To help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and it’s people...”

With a common mission in mind, Hearts in Unity is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Madison Hostel in Wisconsin.

The Madison Hostel hosted a cultural sharing event this past weekend featuring a Hearts in Unity photo slide show and presentation about “Life in Tanzania.” We are thankful for their welcome and for the opportunity to share the story of our mission to help the children of Tanzania.

We are also appreciative that they have offered their Hostel facility to knitting groups in the Madison area who are interested in knitting hats for the children of Tanzania. In addition, they have graciously agreed to be our Madison area drop-off point for donations of the knitted hats and of hand sewn school bags for the children in our Tanzanian villages. And we look forward to working with them on future endeavors to help give children a greater understanding of the world.

As the doors of our mission at Hearts in Unity are open to all, so also are the doors to the Madison Hostel open to you.

Please visit their website at www.madisonhostel.org for a map to their facility for an overnight stay, or for dropping off your donations of knitted hats or school bags for the children of Tanzania.

To learn more about these and other Hearts in Unity projects, please visit us at www.heartsinunity.org

Monday, June 8, 2009

Stitches of Love

A yard of fabric and a spool of thread... a measure of hope and stitches of love.

Reaching out to the children of Seela Primary School and Maring'a Juu Primary School in Tanzania, the youth of St. Gabriel's School in Hubertus are changing lives.

Earlier this year, the 7th and 8th graders of St. Gabriel's School embarked on a project to make school bags for children in Tanzania. Just 4 short months later, they presented to Hearts in Unity an amazing gift that was truly a labor of their love and a testament to the compassion within these students -- 224 hand-made school bags to send to their Tanzanian friends!

For the children of Tanzania who have so little to support them in their education, these school bags are a precious gift. Our sincere thanks to the youth of St. Gabriel's. Just as you have shared a blessing with others, so will you also receive blessings in return.

To learn more how you can participate in this ongoing school bag project, please visit our website at www.heartsinunity.org and click on the "How Can I Help" tab.

When we join together, with hearts in unity, we can truly make a difference and change lives... one precious child at a time.
We welcome you to join us in this mission.

Monday, June 1, 2009

A Problem Shared...

The children of Tanzania are hungry. But together, we can feed them.

The children of Tanzania have few clothes and their shoes, if they have any, are old and worn. But together, we can clothe them.

There are not enough schools, teachers, textbooks or basic school supplies. With such limits to their educational opportunities, the children of Tanzania have little chance to rise out the poverty of generations before them. But together, we can educate them.

We can do all of this when we join with our hearts in unity to help these precious children.

The first step? It’s simple.

A problem shared is a problem half solved.

A year ago, the students in Mrs. Monday’s four 6th grade classes at Kennedy Middle School (KMS) learned about life in Tanzania. Through photos and stories, they came to understand the struggles of daily life in Tanzania, and the problems faced by the children of Tanzania.

In the weeks following the presentation, the KMS students gave heartfelt consideration to what they had learned. And in an admirable show of selfless generosity, they then opened their hearts to the children of Tanzania. Encouraging each other to make donations during a “Penny War” they subsequently raised enough money to purchase 130 textbooks that have since been presented to the students of Seela Primary School in Tanzania.

Together, they made a huge difference in the lives of children they had only just learned about, but to whom they felt a real connection.

Fast forward to 2009, and a return visit to Mrs. Monday’s 6th grade classes at Kennedy Middle School. The 6th graders of last year are in 7th grade now. And today the current 6th graders had the opportunity to learn about life in Tanzania and the continuing struggles of daily life in this third world country. A problem once again shared…

Tomorrow in class they will share their thoughts and discuss what they learned. Is there any doubt that these students also have the hearts to make a difference in the lives of children on the other side of the world?

Together, with hearts in unity, we can ALL make a difference and change lives… one precious child at a time.

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We welcome you to visit our website to learn more about how you, too, can help the children of Tanzania at www.heartsinunity.org