|children in the newest village under NHA care|
As they say in Sierra Leone "it no easy"; however, through the love, care and compassion of our supporters, NHA will do its best to lessen the load as best we can, not just for James but for all of those we serve.
I remember lamenting at the first of the year in 2011 "so much to do!" But now a year later, as I review the year, I think "Oh wow! so much accomplished!"
We kicked 2011 off in Chico, California attending the Pray Love Walk-a-thon sponsored by St Augustine's Anglican Church. This was the catalyst for the campaign to retire the debt of building the NHA Compound, our center of operations in Kabala. We did, indeed, by the year end, retire the debt in 2011, which was one of our biggest expenses for the whole year. The construction was completed and our staff, James and Kadijah, moved in.
The move from Freetown all the way to Kabala was a difficult chore, one with its own expense, however, that too was accomplished through the assistance of NHA.
The NHA School (which is right across the street from the new NHA Compound) needed painting and the rooms needed to be divided in order to accommodate the need for more classrooms.
|The Nazareth House Apostolate Teachers and Principal (January 2012)|
Thanks to the support and generosity of all of you, this was accomplished before the start of the 2011/2012 School Year.
Another successful school year is well underway at the NHA School and we are very proud of our teachers and our students and the tremendous discipline of both.
James daughter, Lucy, with plans to be (a much needed) doctor, entered a private boarding school in Freetown where her she can excel in studies and preparation for medical school.
Her tuition has been paid for this year.
Every month (sometimes late but never missed) NHA was able to maintain the support of humanitarian aid to the families we regularly support in Sierra Leone plus random emergency needs that are presented to us. The teachers received their salaries ($100 per teacher per month) and the school continues to be maintained and in good operation.
Our monthly expenditure to provide for our staff, the school, the teachers, and care of the people in need - in Kabala, Freetown and area villages is $2,200 a month. We depend on our regular monthly donors to maintain this commitment.
|Fire destroys the One Hut Village housing|
NHA provided a new home for the One Hut Village
|The newly constructed home for the One Hut Family. It has rooms with walls and everything|
after a series of disasters destroyed their thatched hut not once but thrice.
Clinics have been stocked and restocked with medications from NHA.
Many children were treated
for internal parasites (worms). We even cared for a snake bite... Lives are being saved.
Illnesses, labor and delivery and other medical situations that required hospitalization were paid for by NHA for several in need, including Kadijah's expenses for delivery of Vicki
and Roo's anemia diagnosis. (Remember James' shingles, how painful that was)
So much accomplished. A review through the blog posts only hints at all that we've done together. Working together as a family, helping each other, caring for each other. Lives are being changed for the better, bellies fed, educational opportunities granted, love exchanged.
And all the while the ongoing prayer and stability rising from the work of St. Simeon Skete
keeps it all in prospective and generates the discipline to carry it all out. 2011 was a remarkable year.
And with the same perseverance, Nazareth House Apostolate in 2012 continues on the same path. Come join us....
Nazareth House Apostolate
185 Captains Cove Drive
Taylorsville, KY 40071