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Sharing Of Our Abundance Fall 2004
As we gather together to give Families, extended families, Give yourself and your family and
thanks for our abundance and pre neighborhoods, youth group service your friends a meaningful Christmas
pare our gifts to commemorate the projects, businesses, etc. can come gift, knowing you are bringing hope...
Christmas holiday, may we suggest together to make a difference by Volume 3 • Issue 2 Fall 2005
and a taste of joy to the life of an
you consider giving the gift of life giving to the “Care For Life Joyful orphan child.
and hope to one Mozambican child, Child Christmas Fund.” If you Inside this issue
one family or one village? Many of want to give someone on your list a
$25 - one child
Bush Medicine ....................................2 Preserve the Family, Preserve the Future
the 600+ families in our Family gift in their name, designate it on Family Preservation Program Outside a small hut on the edge of a remote village, three young children hunker down
Preservation Program are child- your donation form and we will send $100 – one family Seeds & Bridges.......................3 lethargically next to a mat of drying cassava. Inside the house made of mud and sticks, their
led families; both parents have died you both a card acknowledging your Volunteer Corner ................................. 4 mother lies withered and dying of AIDS. She can no longer walk on her own and any attempts
and, without means to support their gift in their behalf. Donations will be $250 – one village action group Extreme Makeover to breast feed the tiny infant beside her are futile. These children saw their father succumb
younger siblings, they struggle used to supply vital necessities and $1000 – one village Home Edition ...........................5 to this deadly disease a year earlier and now their mother and baby sister are near death.
each day to survive. They don’t ask also to provide a treat or toy to the Joao Bueno ..........................................6
(All donations are 100 % tax deductible.) Sharing Our Abundance ......................8 This story repeats itself literally a million times over in families across Africa. The great
for anything for Christmas. What children for Christmas.
majority of those infected with AIDS are people between the ages of 18 and 40, most of
they want and need is a blanket, a whom are parents. The number of 42 million orphans by the end of the decade in sub-
bucket, a roof that keeps out the Saharan Africa is seared into my brain. These children are like yours and mine in that they
rain, a hoe and seeds so they can have tremendous potential; they play and laugh and discover just like any normal kids and
grow food to alleviate their hunger, a should be viewed as the future leaders of a great continent. Instead, they face the prospect of
mosquito net to protect them from life a relentless struggle for physical survival, for love and affection and for protection against
threatening malaria, or a uniform and exploitation and abuse.
Care For Life is a 501(c)(3) charitable
notebook so they can go to school. organization and has NGO status in Care for Life is implementing a new community initiative called Family Preservation. It
Mozambique. It was founded in 2001. is designed to provide families affected by AIDS with home-based medical care, psycho-
social support, and assistance with food security, housing, education and income-generating
activities. It is a comprehensive approach to teach, train and support families so they can
Board of Directors provide for themselves and stay together. Families are grouped within communities and
President Cindy Packard develop a greater sense of social responsibility as they begin to assist one another.
Secretary/Treasurer Blair Packard
David LeSueur The people who have come together to join Family Preservation show initiative and a
Steve Samuelian desire to help themselves. However, local resources are not enough and that is where Care
David Parker for Life plays an important role – with educational, material and technical support and
training. Family preservation is designed to
Advisory Board empower local communities, not make them
Paul English dependent on hand-outs. Families are provided
Curtis Keller with education and inputs which support
community coping mechanisms. Over time this
Craig Christensen external assistance helps families and groups
to develop their capacity to meet the needs of
Executive Director their own communities.
This is an exciting time for Care for Life and
Africa Area Director a crucial moment in the course of Africa. We
Joao Bueno invite you to help preserve these destitute
families through your generous donations.
Management - Mozambique Each needy child has a name, each AIDS
afﬂicted family has love for their parents and
National Director siblings, and each community has aspirations
for a better life for their children. You can be
Vice Director/Education Director a part of the answer. You can change a life, a
Célia Sambo Jeremias family, a community and a continent.
Gilbert, AZ 85234 Newsletter Editor
2905 E. Gemini Kristina Eide
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They, in turn, will best understand how to motivate their
Bush Medicine: Doing own people to take action. Bush Medicine Family Preservation
Many of the people we spoke with had been tested for tu- continued from page 2 continued from page 6
Rounds in Rural Mozambique berculosis and were receiving treatment. The hospitals in
“Okay,” Chad said, taking a deep breath. “How about you?” activities, community participation, and mentoring.
by Kelli M. Donley Mozambique do not keep a patient’s medical records. If you Families are encouraged to work within their groups to
he asked the next supervisor. He too thought it was unneces-
receive an X-ray, it is sent home with you; Mozambicans ﬁnd as many solutions as possible in each of these areas,
Program Director, Esperança
know to bring all their paperwork and ﬁlms back to the hos- sary to recommend testing.
Esperança (www.esperanca. facilitating self-reliance. When there is a problem that
org) is a nonproﬁt, pital if they need future treatment. Chad was able to review Finally, the third supervisor, a woman, spoke up. “Not me, cannot be solved without outside intervention, CFL staff are
international health prescriptions and X-rays to get a bit of the person’s medical Dr. Chad,” she said quietly. “I will ask her to be tested. She available to provide help in terms of resources, information
organization working to history. We saw many X-rays of lungs riddled with TB. has TB. They often go together.” and counseling. CFL staff works closely with families,
improve the well-being of Tuberculosis is more common in those with HIV/AIDS Chad and I stood there beaming. We patted her on the back group leaders, and other local community leaders to assess
children and their families because the immune system is compromised. After visiting and asked her to explain what she meant. Slowly, but surely, the needs and progress of all families involved in the project.
through public health programming and volunteer with several of our supervisors’ patients, who were visibly she told the other supervisors about immuno-compromised “In order to be preserved, a family needs to have a house
surgical missions, and partners with Care for Life suffering from TB and were more than likely infected with patients and how they don’t have to have symptoms to be that is in good condition, good nutrition, vital health and
in Mozambique. HIV, we stopped in our tracks. infected with HIV/AIDS. hygiene, and adequate education,” said Ester Alice Casaco,
By the end of the day, we’d visited dozens of patients and a CFL ﬁeld agent, explaining that these conditions create
I traveled to Beira in July for 10 days laden with bags of Chad began the lesson. “Janje,” he said patiently, putting “the capacity to conduct businesses and sustain themselves,
one hand on the supervisor’s shoulder, “do you think the listened to our supervisors making more and more recom-
clothing for the orphanage, medical gloves for our public to live in harmony and participate in the community, giving
mendations for testing.
health programs and a lengthy list of objectives to accom- woman we just visited with should be tested for HIV?” and receiving advice.”
plish on this brief trip. We focus primarily on three health In Mozambique, unlike many African countries, test-
issues in Mozambique: HIV/AIDS, cholera and malaria. The man stood with both hands on his hips searching our FPP is still in its infancy in Mozambique, but it will
ing is free – you just have to be able to get to the testing
eyes for hints to the right answer. Finally, he said, “No. I be a complement to the pre-existing CFL educational,
I’m convinced if we can get these under control, we will site. Unfortunately, transportation to testing sites can be a
quickly see the average life-span increase from the paltry don’t. She is married and her husband isn’t sick.” agricultural, and health programs. Célia Sambo Jeremias,
prohibitive expense for many of the people. Thankfully,
39 years it is today. continued on page 7
we have partnered with another agency, Health Alliance CFL’s in-country vice director, explained that “in the future,
International, and will be setting up satellite testing facili- there will be an interaction between all CFL programs.”
My primary objectives on this trip were to meet with
ties in each of our ﬁve communities. Transportation will Metaphorically speaking, the idea behind FPP is to plant
Matilde Baute, our director, and our team of supervisors. I no longer be an obstacle to medical testing and treatment.
needed to get a better understanding for their knowledge of seeds within communities, nurture them until they sprout,
Mozambique is also the recipient of many international and watch as they grow. The families that Joe and I met
public health issues in the communities and how they were
drug donations. There are limits, but those who test posi- toward the beginning of our stay in Beira impressed upon us
using limited resources to make improvements in the health tive can usually enroll for free antiretrovirals. These drugs
of women and children. Thankfully, the perfect opportunity the need for multi-level intervention that seeks to develop
can extend an HIV-positive person’s life by 20 years. With capacities and conﬁdence within families. FPP is a holistic
to do such observation fell into my lap. more than 25% of the Sofala population estimated to be developmental approach, with the end goal of empowering
I spent eight hours with Chad Swanson, MD, a Care For infected with HIV, you can imagine the social, economic families and communities to plant their own gardens and
Life volunteer who has been the director of our HIV/AIDS and political implications of being able to extend one-fourth reap their own harvests.
programming and has provided much needed technical sup- of the population’s life by 20 years. Our goal is to have all
port to our work. If I have an off-the-wall question about of our participating families enrolled at the day hospital, Domingos Antonio Fawse, a CFL security guard in
tropical disease and treatment, Chad never seems to fail to tested for HIV/AIDS, using mosquito nets, treating their Mozambique, presented a different metaphor to explain
ﬁnd the answer. He arranged a day in the ﬁeld to meet our drinking water with chlorine, and receiving antiretroviral how FPP can inﬂuence families and communities, saying
supervisors. In typical African fashion, our pickup became a treatment if necessary. that Care for Life’s mission: “is to save lives, and to take
bus with children, supervisors and other passengers coming the family out of the swamp, serving as a bridge to the
My day in Marrocanhe with Chad and the supervisors was alleviation of suffering.”
and going throughout the day. We didn’t rest from sunrise one of the best of my professional career. I’ve had many
to sundown; hands-on experiences, but none that made my work in public
It took about an hour of driving, walking, interviewing and health feel so necessary and valid. My eyes were opened
diagnosing before I realized the magnitude of the health to the suffering of those with TB, leprosy and malnutrition
problems in Sofala. Many of the program participants we – ailments rarely discussed in the US.
spoke with had the clinical symptoms of HIV/AIDS, but As I said goodbye to the supervisors a week later, I was
had not been tested due to the stigma associated with the certain they had a better grasp of their responsibility to rec-
disease. They were losing weight, had no appetite, had skin ommend testing and treatment. AIDS is a Herculean health
lesions, diarrhea, etc. Clearly, if we can control simple infec- problem, but it is one we can help control and change in our
tious diseases that have been controlled elsewhere, our work
little corner of the world.
will signiﬁcantly improve the health of this population. But In Cameroon there is an expression that has always stuck
how do we motivate people to be tested for diseases that
with me: “Small, small catch monkey.” In other words, little
have for so long signiﬁed stigma, suffering and death? Our
by little, we’ll get there.
ﬁrst step is to educate the supervisors operating in the ﬁeld.
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Volunteer Corner asked if he had a Bible. He said no,
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Over the next week the team divided
but he quickly explained he knew up. One team focused on the roof,
Youth volunteers, mostly college students, are an essential part of the about Cain and Abel. I said his name by Reed & Chantal Carr carefully avoiding the insects falling
Care for Life mission and organization. This feature enables us to hear was powerful. His little brother was from their disturbed habitat. The
the voices of these talented and enthusiastic young people and share in The Carrs began their work with CFL two years ago and are currently
nearby. Abel told me the brother was the managers of the grant committee, ever searching for project funding other team began shoveling out and
their experiences. too little to be a real soccer player that will bless lives in Mozambique. On their recent trip in June 2005, cleaning the interior. As the second
like him. Reluctantly I returned to the team worked, they taught the boys
Robin Tanner is a Phoenix native who received a BA in Broadcast house work . . . and eventually we had
Chantal and Reed witnessed ﬁrst-hand the impact a little good can have
the importance of a clean home to
Journalism in 2002, and has been working since graduation in Washington in a desperately poor village. Reed and Chantal are the parents of four
to leave. I found Abel and taught him children and reside in Gilbert Arizona. their health.
DC at WJLA-TV (the ABC afﬁliate) as a writer and segment producer. my little sister’s secret handshake. Two volunteers carried the dirty dishes
She has been fascinated with Africa since reading Cry, The Beloved He smiled and he joined the group in search of water to wash them.
Country and Things Fall Apart in her junior year of high school. following us all the way to the street. families unable to prepare their homes Finding the well, they drew water and
One woman grabbed me and told me for the coming rainy season. Our group began rinsing the dishes the best they
how happy it made her that I danced of volunteers found our week’s work could. One of the villagers, taking
I made the trek to Mozambique feeling I left that evening thinking it wouldn’t with them. We got in the chapa/van and and set about preparing to replace the interest in the remodeling project,
well prepared for the adventure. I had be possible to know them individually reached our hands out the windows to thatch roofs, clean the homes, and teach approached them with a scrub pad and
already survived an active volcano or to remember their names and touch theirs. I searched the smiling basic health practices. a small dot of soap and began helping
and bed bugs in a pueblito in Southern actually form meaningful friendships. faces for Abel, as we drove away. to clean and sanitize the dishes.
We arrived to Rainha’s home, where
Mexico. In the middle of Brazil, I I was very wrong. I quickly came to Barriers were breaking as American
we met her two sons, ages 13 and 9,
learned patience while working with love and know these children. Some We have since returned to our lives volunteers and Mozambican villagers
living alone. Several months earlier
cultures far different from mine. In of my favorite times were feeding the in our air-conditioned homes and to worked together to help the orphaned
our cities with paved streets. We can Rainha, sick and suffering, traveled to boys.
both circumstances I experienced the smallest babies in the highchairs, or
either regard our short time there as the hospital in Beira for help. She never
feelings of helplessness, loneliness rocking one of the special needs babies
just a few weeks we spent in Africa, A few streets down from our home, the returned and her boys now live alone By the end of the day the roof was
and the inability to communicate in to sleep, or holding the child, who stole
or as life changing experiences. I, television program Extreme Makeover in the small hut. We passed a small lined with plastic and thatched, the
a foreign land among strangers. As my heart, very close as he sat incredibly Home Edition recently bulldozed a small inside was swept clean, a shelf and
like many others, have returned home
with any challenge, I grew stronger, still while I sang to him: adobe brick house and transformed it into hooks kept the pots and utensils from
greatly changed. Currently I ﬁnd
overcame weaknesses and learned a beautiful 5,000 square foot Spanish- lying on the ﬂoor, and a table and
I think I’m in love. He is 11, a soccer myself searching out more diligently chairs provided a place for the boys to
valuable lessons. style home complete with veranda, water
player and he is beautiful. I saw him those tiny hands and weak knees that prepare meals and eat comfortably.
fountain, and carousel in the back yard.
Before I stepped foot in Mozambique I behind the house we were building. surround me right here in Arlington, Although we were unable to directly
had read articles, books and histories. I’d peek around a wall which had As the volunteers worked on
Virginia. participate, the project and ﬁlming stirred
I thought if I better understood its past been made with bamboo the community with excitement for the their extreme makeover, the boys’
and conﬂicts, I could be of greater slats with rocks shoved family. expressions evolved to one of hope
service to the people who lived there in and then covered in a and joy far greater than any seen on
now. But all that study could not kind of mud cement that A few months later and ten thousand the American television show. While
fully prepare me for how deeply the they call bloque. He was miles away in the small village of the volunteers’ worked to alleviate
individuals I met would affect me on a sitting alone on a rock, Nhangau, Mozambique, we participated the boys’ suffering, the most extreme
personal and emotional level. leaning against his wall, in our own Extreme Home Makeover makeover occurred in the hearts of
eating with his hands experience. Without publicity, ﬁlm crew, the volunteers who realized true
I remember the ﬁrst overwhelming from a bowl. He was shy or trafﬁc, a small group of Care For Life smoldering cooking ﬁre just outside happiness comes through service.
night in Ana Paula’s baby orphanage volunteers quietly carried out a project the door as we asked permission to
. . but he’d notice me
in Beira. More than 50 tiny faces were that touched our hearts while helping a enter the hut. Inside lay bug-infested
looking and smile, then
smiling up at us; tiny bodies wanting family far more desperate for survival rubbish piles, dirty dishes and utensils,
quickly look away. As I than our Arizona neighbors. For those
to be hugged and hands wanting to be carefully watched him, and unidentiﬁable leftovers. The sun
held. These children allowed us the involved, this project in Nhangau is the shone brightly through the remaining
he was secretly looking sensational story of the year.
privilege of peeking in on their most at me. I ﬁnally went thatch.
intimate occasions: bathing, dressing,
eating and preparing for bed. They
over and crouched down Led by Gimo, a Care For Life field While the team measured the roof and
next to him. He blushed, worker, eleven volunteers loaded into evaluated what supplies were most
raised their arms above their heads as cautiously observing me a chappa taxi and headed north from needed, the two boys stared blankly.
we pulled off their shirts for a bath. and then stared into his Manga, along a bumpy, dusty road, and Their eyes reﬂected the long ﬁght for
They pulled their towels out of the bin simple survival. Looking into their
bowl of two little ﬁsh atop past a mosquito-infested marsh. During
and handed them to us so we could dry eyes, the team determined to ﬁx up the
rice. His name is Abel. I his weekly visits to help the impoverished
their bodies. members of this village, Gimo found four interior as well as replace the roof.
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dying increase, making more than 16% of Mozambican
CFL Welcomes João Bueno as Africa Area Director Family Preservation Program children orphans, traditional kinship systems are also under
Seeds & Bridges assault. Virtually every region of the world is gradually
Care for Life is delighted to announce the creation of the new position of Africa Area Director, and João Bueno as winning the ﬁght against extreme poverty—except Africa.
the man to ﬁll this post. João is a recent graduate from the MPA program at Brigham Young University. This past by Missy Lambert HIV/AIDS and other illnesses, economic hardship, and
summer he worked for 3 months with our National Director as a management consultant and did such a fantastic Missy studies psychology and international development natural disaster make many Mozambican families especially
at BYU. She and her husband, Joe, who is studying vulnerable.
job, we decided we couldn’t let him leave. He ofﬁcially moved to Beira the ﬁrst of September. João will direct the
implementation of our Family Preservation Program in eight new communities in Sofala Province in the coming special education and ESL at BYU, spent three months as One man who receives food assistance and counseling
year. Care for Life is at a pivotal point in its history and mission. Bringing João to the team will greatly improve interns working on-site with CFL’s orphan and literacy from the orphanage is currently caring for 11 children. His
our ability to serve and save many more families from the ruinous effects of severe poverty. We welcome João and programs. Missy and Joe both learned to speak wife gave birth to three of them, and the other eight are
hope that you can join us in our excitement as Care for Life moves to increase its potential to help the poor and Portuguese in Brazil. children of deceased family members. The sheer number
of orphans makes it difﬁcult for extended family members
serve the people of Africa.
Six weeks after our wedding, my husband, Joe, and I to absorb all of them, and some children ﬁnd themselves in
arrived in Mozambique for our three-month Care for Life orphanages simply because their family members can not
João was born in a large family, A search for more elevated purpose brought Joao and his internships. Toward the beginning of our stay in Beira, we guarantee them food. In a country like Mozambique, which
in a very poor community in the family to the United States at the beginning of 2000. The spent a day visiting orphaned children and their families has been ofﬁcially ranked as one of the least-developed
countryside of Minas Gerais State, hard and long way until his graduation as Master of Public in the communities. Our guides were Rita, Antonia and countries in the world, the economic and social challenges
in Brazil. He saw the indicators Administration from Brigham Young University, in April of Antonio, dedicated workers from the local orphanage that often seem overwhelming for individual families. The most
and principles of the Family 2005, started in 2000 at the BYU English Language Center. CFL supports with funds and volunteers. The orphanage vulnerable families in Mozambique have chronic difﬁculty
Preservation Program applied Later João got a second bachelor’s degree in Psychology maintains contact with over 550 orphaned children who live providing adequate nutrition, education, health care, and
ﬁrst to his life and in the life of from Utah Valley State College, and almost ﬁnished a with families in the community, providing a limited amount other necessities.
his family. Master’s in Education, Curriculum and Instruction at Weber of assistance to them.
State University. The Family Preservation
Guided by the faith and courage The ﬁrst woman we visited Program (FPP) is Care for
of his brave and lovely mother, and by the example of his J o ã o ’s i n t e r e s t i n on this particular day was Life’s long-term plan to create
9 brothers and sisters, João learned very soon the value of development of deprived caring for ﬁve boys by a sustainable community
education and work. He was working already, when at age populations in poor herself; she had recently network for vulnerable families.
of 12, when he was introduced to the LDS church. countries took him to lost her husband to AIDS. The model for this program
Mumbai, India, to the We found her and her was gleaned from Action
João met his beloved wife Ana Julia, when he came back World Social Forum, where João presented a seminar children in a dilapidated for Children in Uganda. In
from his LDS mission in the southern states of Brazil. They on poverty alleviation. During the summer of 2004 João one-room hut made out of April, CFL Executive Director
were sealed at São Paulo Temple during the same week of worked with microcredit, visiting hundreds of poor families sticks, without even mud Sylvia Finlayson, President
the Temple dedication in November of 1978. João worked in Mexico City and developing an educational project for to ﬁll in the gaps between Cindy Packard and Ana Maria
as a Seminary poor children in Brazil. João’s vision and understanding on them, and surrounded by Guinda (OVC Director) visited
and Institute poverty were tremendously inﬂuenced by his association swampy standing water Uganda to learn more about
Coordinator for primarily with BYU professor Warner Woodworth, and also that attracts prodigious AFC’s program, and were
the next seventeen by Joan Dixon, Don Adolphson, and Todd Manwaring. amounts of mosquitoes. impressed and inspired by what
years. She told us that she used they saw. The idea of Family
João was working for the BYU Center for Economic Self- to sell vegetables from Preservation is to provide
He has four Reliance when he was invited to come to Mozambique last
children; three her garden, but that she had been too sick (with the same support and incentive for the most vulnerable families,
summer, to work on in-country staff capacity building. João disease that killed her husband) to care for her plants. In mobilizing communities and encouraging neighbors to work
boys and a young says that he started loving FPP as he ﬁrst learned about it.
and adorable girl. another household, we met an elderly woman living with together to ﬁnd creative and innovative ways to develop
João believes that he had been prepared throughout his life her two remaining teenaged children and ﬁve “adopted” neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for everyone.
for the mission to implement the FPP. grandchildren. Her 14-year-old daughter was holding “The new Family Preservation Program exists to welcome
a one-year-old son of her own. Pointing down the street, and shelter families, so that the family can be happy and
How You Can Help Rita and Antonia mentioned a young girl who had lived discover material, emotional, and spiritual well-being,” said
Manito Silva, a CFL community health volunteer.
in the orphanage for three months after being a victim
The most effective way to help is with a cash donation. This allows
us to purchase needed supplies in Mozambique, which helps the
The Mission of of sexual abuse by a relative, then returned to live with
The basic units of FPP are small groups of families. Each
Care For Life a family member. They lived under a tree, because they
local economy and circumvents lengthy red tape and shipping group elects a group leader to be the local facilitator.
had no home to speak of, and have since left the city. The
Families work together to assess their needs and evaluate
expense. This also serves to strengthen the local economy. To alleviate suffering, orphanage workers don’t know how to locate her.
possible solutions. Care for Life has adopted eight basic
promote self-reliance, indicators of household development from AFC’s program:
To make a one-time or monthly donation, visit www.careforlife. African communities traditionally have strong extended
org, call 1-888-JOIN CFL (888-564-6235),
and instill hope. family nets. Historically, orphaned children have been Housing, health and hygiene, education, food security,
or email email@example.com caught up quickly in these nets, but as the numbers of the psychosocial and spiritual well-being, income-generating
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