When The Nyanya Project decided to build a new house for three elderly grandmothers of AIDS orphans in Tanzania in the summer of 2008, the Blessings Project Foundation of Winston-Salem, N.C. made this new home and much of the trip possible.
Beverly Johnston, Blessing Project’s founder and member of TNP’s Board of Directors, heard about our plans and provided the funds through the Foundation that brought shelter to grandmothers in Tanzania and helped with travel expenses of several Wake Forest University students, including three football players and a female student.
Johnston’s Foundation is a remarkable entity that fulfills the extraordinary vision of its founder. Johnston decided that what she would like to do is assist non-profit groups “in their efforts to make our local community, our country and the world more equitable, healthy and humane.” In our case, the Foundation directly changed the lives of grandmothers of AIDS orphans in Africa, their grandchildren and the American volunteers who journeyed to help them.
Much of our time in Tanzania was spent tearing down a one-room structure whose roof and walls had already fallen to the ground around these elderly women. We then rebuilt from that foundation to create a home that, today, has three bedrooms, windows, doors and an extra room in the back.
For the first time in their lives, these grandmothers are living in a home that has finished floors and adequate space for their grown grandchildren. No longer do these women have to be afraid or crouched against a wall during the rainy season. When we visited them six months after the house was completed, new grandchildren were living with them – and the women were safe and sheltered.
The care of the Blessings Project Foundation has reached across the world.
Please visit: www.blessingsproject.org.