Monday, June 22, 2009

One Name One Child Campaign

ASAP is happy to be a part of the Life and Help Foundation's new One Name One Child Campaign. This is nothing less than the biggest world internet charitable record
Add your name = you set a record + you save a child
To read more click here
To view ASAP's Bridge the Gap-Kufusa Mari Junior project, and other worthwhile initiatives to help children click here.

Friday, June 19, 2009

“Love” is Born in Malawi

The family of Lingstone Ganamba, ASAP Malawi´s Senior Field Officer was blessed with a bouncy baby girl, Chikondi, weighing 3.9 kg on Monday, May 18. Chikondi means “Love” in the local Chichewa language of Malawi.
According to the cultural practices and rituals observed by the Sena tribe of the Shire Valley, the name Chikondi was selected during a low key ceremony after a three week period. During this period the mother remained indoors and was not allowed to shake hands with others to avoid infecting the child.
Pictured here are Lingstone with his wife and their newly born child at their home in Chikwawa. ASAP Malawi management wishes Chikondi and her mother well.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sharing Knowledge to Benefit Darfur

ASAP has been implementing the Internal Savings and Lending (ISL) methodology in Zimbabwe since 2001, since The McKnight Foundation funded our pilot project, locally known as "Kufusa Mari"- save for the future. Today funding partners include CARE, Catholic Relief Services and Plan International and over 25,000 families will gain increased household security through participation in ASAP's project.

In January 2009, when ASAP replicated our work to the Chikwawa area of Malawi, the first step was for project staff from Malawi to travel to Zimbabwe to gain first hand knowledge from ASAP's experienced staff. In July, ASAP Zimbabwe looks forward to hosting a delegation from Norwegian Church Aid-Darfur Program (NCA-DP). Through the expertise gained from ASAP Africa in Zimbabwe, the NCA-DP is build the income and food security of internally displaced persons in the South and West Darfur region.
To read more about the Kufusa Mari ISL project please click here.