[Stoves] Humanitarian goods from ETHOS to the PCIA conference
kgoyer at comcast.net
Fri Jan 9 22:21:05 CST 2009
Are you going to the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air Conference in
Kampala this March? Or, are you going to Uganda sometime in 2009?
<>You can help Aid Africa.
Aid Africa works in IDP or refugee camps in Northern Uganda where two
million people live under the direst of conditions. We also support an
orphanage in Jinja.
Our organization's mission is to bring poor people out of poverty. Most
of these refugees have nothing, so the incidental things you have lying
around the house can be put to good use. You can help a lot of people
very easily if you will just fill a second suitcase with your leftovers.
Our Aid Africa staff will distribute your donations to very needy people.
<>A great way to get things donated is to ask your friends, or ask at
meetings that you attend, like the Rotary Club, Kiwanis, or your church.
Even try asking organized charities such as the Goodwill, the Salvation
Army, or St. Vincent DePaul to donate things for this cause. Maybe other
stores will make donations of useful items.
What Should You Bring?
Bedding, such as sheets and blankets. Imagine having a malaria
chill and not having a blanket. Thousands of people sleep on the ground
without even a blanky.
Towels and wash clothes
Infants clothing and accessories such as cloth diapers and blankets
Children's clothing, especially girl's dresses.
Cloth and sewing supplies. If you have some cloth you intended
to sew into something and never got around to it, now is a good time to
donate it for a good cause. Cloth can and will be sewn into
many useful items. Yarn is also useful.
Hand tools. Carpentry tools and mechanics tools, any kind of non
electric tools. I have taken my duplicate carpentry tools to Uganda and
have given them to some people living in an IDP camp. This enabled them
to start a business making furniture. People living in camps have fled
their homes with nothing. There is no Red Cross to help them restart
their lives. (I am about to take the rest of my tools over there too).
Microscopes. The main hospital and medical school in Gulu with 150
medical students have only five microscopes. Do you know where we can
get some more?
Does anyone have a connection with a medical school here that might be
replacing their student microscopes and would like to donate their old
ones to a worthy cause?
Prosthetic hands. These need to be transported to Gulu from the Give
Hope Give a Hand Foundation. If we can take them it will save them a
lot. If you will bring them to the PCIA conference, we will take them to
Other useful things that you might have or that you can think of.
<>Use big suitcases or shipping boxes not exceeding 62 linear inches
when you total the length, width and depth. They're pretty cheap at Good
Will and other second hand stores. <>
Money is more dear than the items. It is probably best not to go out and
buy things. We can buy many things in Uganda if we have the money. Since
we don't have the money, we take the things. There are some things that
just aren't available in Uganda though, so there are exceptions. Ask us. <>
Aid Africa as Matchmaker
If you are not attending the PCIA conference or going to Uganda you can
still help us by collecting these things. If you are going to the PCIA
conference and you lack things to take we will help you get some. Aid
Africa will try to match you all up. Keep in mind that is probably
unwise to pay for shipping things to us. We'll need you to bring things
directly to us or be close enough that we can make a pick up.
<> <>A great place for this transfer of goods is at the ETHOS Stove
conference in Seattle at the end of January. <>
Are you attending both the ETHOS Conference and the PCIA Conference?
Please contact Ken or Peter for details on how you can use your discards
to help refugees in Uganda. <>
You should take these things as your second suitcase. The airlines are
charging a lot of money for the third suitcase. Also, you should check
with you airlines to be sure that you won't be charged for the second
suitcase. The times they are a changing. If it costs a lot of money,
don't do it. <>
AidAfrica is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and can give tax
receipts for donated goods or money. <>
Thanks for your help. We hope to hear from you.
Email: mail at aidafrica.net <mailto:mail at aidafrica.net>
285 Maple Street
Eugene, Oregon 97402
Email: ugandapeter at yahoo.com <mailto:ugandapeter at yahoo.com>
Peter is in the Los Angeles area
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