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One man’s trash…

One man's trash
One man’s trash

While cleaning your home this spring, take a moment to honestly evaluate the usefulness of your “throwaway” before you throw it in the trash. Many of the things that North Americans put into the garbage are not only functional, but also have a lot of uses to them.

Those old pajamas, underwear and t-shirts that you’re fond of tossing in the trash can be turned into cloth rags for cleaning at home, or for other organizations to help under-privileged earn a subsistence income through using them for cloth crafting.

Items such as loose leaf pages of paper, construction paper, crayons (broken and whole), markers, pens and pencils are perfectly useful in so many contexts. Not only can they be used by those who don’t have the funds to purchase them for themselves, they also make great tools for the eternal crafts person who doesn’t mind if the blue crayon melted into the purple crayon just a bit.  They can also provide much needed school supplies for a child whose parent(s) can’t afford the things they need to succeed in school.

Even items like hotel soaps, samples of shampoo, conditioner, sanitary pads, and toothpaste come in handy. Many organizations which serve the poor in your community ask for these items, as impoverished people don’t have the money to spend on soaps and things when they need to eat. Having these small personal care items can make a huge difference in how under-privileged people feel about themselves, and give them the boost they need to be more successful in life.

In October, JB Dondolo will be holding a fundraising gala to benefit our programs in Africa and in the USA. When you’re spring cleaning, consider donating your mint or excellent condition items to help us reach our fundraising goals. With your support, we will be able to help people in our local and international communities!

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What is Community

When I ask most people what community is, they think, first, of their neighbourhood. They think of the place where they live. They talk about the street where they live, their home, what is in it and surrounds it. They talk about the playground and parks, the schools that their children attend. They talk about places that they go to regularly; the coffee shop, the recreation center, the grocery store, their place of worship.

But community is more than just a place. It’s not just a building, or group of buildings. Community is about people. You can’t have a community with just one person. You need a group of people.

A common experience often brings people together, and creates a community. A common goal often brings people together to create community. Yet another aspect of community is that each member serves and is served by the community that it belongs to.

JB Dondolo is a community too. While some that Lumbie Mlambo is the public face to the organization, there are many others who are part of the community that makes this organization so powerful. Each one of us has special gifts, which we use to benefit the organization, and in order to achieve our common dream.

We are of one mind, one purpose, to refinish the Igusi Hospital. We do this so that the local people can have access to medical support and services that many of us here in North America take for granted. Birthing beds and post-delivery support for women, sanitary water for use in the hospital, a shelter that will prevent the rains from coming in, and that wont make people ill with the asbestos in the roof.

Some give their money to support us, and to those of you who are donating, I say Thank you! Others give their time; they provide administrative support, or help with the actual physical labor of tearing down and rebuilding the hospital. Some come from North America to help; others are already a part of the community that will be served by the hospital.

We are thankful for all the members of our community for their financial, physical, emotional, mental, spiritual support. In one of our upcoming posts, we’ll be featuring one of our volunteers and the work that they do to help us achieve our mission.