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Volunteers Make Things Happen

An organization is made up of many different people. There is the board of directors which is comprised of at least a president, a secretary and a treasurer. There is the administrative staff who takes care of everyday things that have to happen to keep an organization running smoothly. They take care of correspondence, answering calls, and sending cards. Some of these are volunteers, people who give their time in order to benefit the organization, and to help the organization accomplish its goals.

As a new non-profit organization, JB Dondolo, Inc. is doing its best to move from being an unknown in a world of many nonprofit organizations. It’s challenging to the get attention we need so that people will give to support the projects. One of the people who is helping us in this endeavor is the amazing, Ronda Bowen.

Ronda is a busy wife, mother of two, and writer by trade. She has been writing articles for Lumbie Mlambo’s Equanimity Magazine since 2009.  In 2013, Lumbie approached Ronda and asked if she would be willing to come aboard to help JB Dondolo charity achieve its dream for the Igusi Hospital. Ronda accepted the challenge, and is now our fundraising coordinator.

Ronda has been responsible for developing and implementing fundraisers for JB Dondolo through fundraising.com and YouCaring, as well as more traditional forms of fundraising. She has written grand proposal letters to corporations and government bureaus, fundraising letters to potential donors, and is currently planning a fundraising 5K race event.

Ronda confesses that it isn’t always easy to do this work, especially trying to balance work and family life. She had to figure out how to break down tasks into manageable bites that she could accomplish when her newborn was sleeping. Despite the fact that she experienced a bout of postpartum depression following the birth of her now 14 month old daughter, Ronda fought back. Taking “baby steps each day” she was able to track her accomplishments and feel more positive about her efforts. Thankfully, she says,  she has a “very supportive husband… and a teenage son who absolutely adores his sister…. (so she has) a team working to make sure all our goals are met.”

Thanks to Ronda’s family, we at JB Dondolo are thankful that we can count on Ronda to support us and help us reach our goals on the Igusi Hospital project. Thank you for all you do, Ronda! You truly are a Godsend!

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Reflection and Vision

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

The familiar lyrics to this song, long associated with bringing in the New Year, reminds us that 2014 has come to an end and 2015 is just begun. For me, this is a time to look back at the year that’s passed, and to look to the future.

2014 was an important year for JB Dondolo. So much has happened. First of all, while JB Dondolo was founded in 2013, it took until the third quarter of this year for us to get our 501c3 status. Because we are now officially a charitable organization, we’ve been able to register on Causes.com. So far, we’ve been able to raise $1,500 in cash donations and have been busy sending out grant inquiries and grant letters to help us achieve our vision.

That doesn’t happen easily. In fact, it’s taken a lot of time and effort to set up our campaigns online, to kick them off, create an e-Newsletter to communicate with our supporters, and to create a blog to educate people about JB Dondolo, Inc. as a charity and to spread our message. This has taken the effort of ten volunteers, and I am immensely thankful for their support.

In order for us to take care accomplish our first mission, we will need another $9,500 and many more volunteers to help us. Once we raise these funds through donations, we’ll begin with painting the walls, replacing windows, doors and the roof of the Igusi Hospital. Only then can we install a clean water system for the Hospital.

One way that we’re raising funds is through sales of our charity bracelets and t-shirts. When you purchase our bracelet, you show your support for our organization. Wearing our bracelet can also encourage conversation, and makes it possible for you to “Tell One – Save Lives” by telling one person about the meaning of the bracelet and asking them to buy one and tell a friend to do the same.

2014 has been a fabulous year for me personally as well. I’ve been featured on CNBC.com, Bloomberg Businessweek, Black Enterprise, Yahoo Finance and the Boston Globe. I hope that your 2014 has been everything you wanted it to be.

As we begin the New Year, I’d like to wish you a very Happy 2015. Please, take a moment and share with us one of your highlights from the past year and one of your dreams for the new year.

Thankful

Thankful

Just a few weeks ago, Americans celebrated Thanksgiving. This observance is meant to be a time when families come together to celebrate their common heritage and to give thanks for what they have.

Gratitude is such a simple thing. It’s taking a moment to truly appreciate everything. I try to practice gratitude every single day. I have a lot to be thankful for. I have a home to shelter me, I am clothed, and I have enough to eat. I learned, through my father’s example, that although I may not have everything I want, I have much to be thankful for.

When my father was just eight years old, his parents tragically passed away. Because he was the oldest child, my father then was left to care for his younger siblings by himself. At least, that is what most Western culture would have you believe. In truth, my father received support from other families in the village where he lived.
Because of the care and support that my father received, he was always thankful for the gift of his life. He always showed us, through his daily life, how thankful he was for what others did for him by helping others who needed it.

When we first came to Nyamandlovu, Zimbabwe, my father was appalled by the conditions of the local hospital. The water supply was inadequate, there were not enough delivery beds in the maternity ward, and there weren’t enough toilets and showers to keep sanitary conditions.

Although we didn’t have much by western standards, our family had enough. Our father made it his mission to refinish the Igusi hospital. Sadly, he succumbed to his own illness before his mission could be complete.

Now, my siblings and I are taking up his mission, to refinish the Igusi hospital through our charitable organization JB Dondolo. We have much to do. We are working to ensure there is safe water for the hospital to use. We need to replace the rotting asbestos roof, and we need delivery beds for the maternity ward. We can’t do it alone. We need support in the form of donations or volunteers.

Take a moment now to remember all the things you’re thankful for. While you’re feeling gratitude for your many blessings, consider how you might help others, either at home, or elsewhere. Donate to a cause (such as JB Dondolo) or offer your skills and talents. You, and others, will have more to be thankful for.