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List of New Expeditions for 2010

March 13-21 Tijuana Mexico – construction

March 27-April 3 Tijuana, Mexico – construction

June 5-12 Senegal Africa orphanage work

June 12-19 Tijuana Mexico – construction

July 10-18 Tijuana Mexico – construction

August 14-22 Tijuana Mexico

Sept. 11-19 Haiti – earthquake assistance

Oct. 9-17 Agua Prieta, Mexico construction

Nov. 20-28 Tijuana, Mexico construction

Dec. 26 – Jan. 2 Tijuana, Mexico construction

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On December 26, 2009 I was on the border of Mexico trying to help a family with Grandma and Grandpa get through customs with their van full of materials for our projects.  The Mexican customs agent was a very nice guy but didn’t handle English real well.  I was with Grandpa on the back of the van with the van doors open and the customs agent was asking Grandpa what all the materials were for.  There was a big bag with girls clothes in it.  Grandpa said it was for his granddaughter that had already crossed the border.  The customs agent asked about a sack of beans.  They were a donation for the poor.  He asked about a bag of used shoes.  They were a donation.  The customs agent then told us that used clothing were not allowed to cross the border because it hurt there street shop businesses that deal with used clothing.  The customs agent then asked if there any other donations.  Grandpa said no.  Then there was a bag of rice that was questioned.  Another donation that Grandpa was unaware.  The customs agent started to be suspicious about the information that grandpa was giving him.

The customs agent then went up to the front and started to talk to Grandma.  She told him about each donation that was in the van.  He asked her what they were doing in Mexico.  She told him to help the poor and build a house.  She then proceeded to pull out an email letter that Charity Anywhere had sent her.  It listed all the items that would be helpful to the work.  He took the letter and she kept telling him about the donations and the building of a house.  He looked the letter over and immediately said,  I see by your letter that you are going to Do Good and Be Good.  That is all I need to know.  You may go on into Mexico.  His limited English understood what Do Good and Be Good was all about.

Who would have ever thought that our Motto would ever enable us to cross a border to do good.

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The Good Thing is We Know

Charity Anywhere Foundation has a huge organization based in Quito Ecuador. CAF in Ecuador is managed by Dr. Washington Zambrano.

CAF in Ecuador also has a website which they update on a regular basis. Projects to Ecuador include Dental Service, Medical Service and construction. Dr. Zambrano has been able to gather together dentists and doctors from all over Ecuador to form a wonderful coalition. CAF in Ecuador serves thousands and thousands of poverty stricken people by giving free dental and free medical care. The organization in Ecuador is incredible. There are always medical and dental projects in Galapagos Islands, Otavalo, and Quito.

If you are at all interested in visiting a third world country and would like to give service to those in need, a trip to Ecuador is an excellent choice for you.

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AMERICA’S GIVING CHALLENGE: Starting Thursday, October 22nd @ 1:00 p.m. MST, FOR 24 HOURS through Friday, October 23rd @ 1:00 p.m. MST– by simply donating a minimum of $10, you can help the Charity Anywhere Foundation win the daily prize of $1,000. To do this we need at least 500 donors. Get ready..Get set…Go!

“You have a choice today.  You can help save lives.  Or you can turn away.”

Please go to The Charity Anywhere Foundation Causes Page on Facebook to donate.  Also, please encourage your family and friends to donate as well.

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Miracle in Mbour Senegal

Miracle in Mbour Senegal The Miracle at the orphanage in Mbour Senegal, Africa View Larger Map In June, 2009 a small group of 8 from Charity Anywhere Foundation traveled to Mbour, Senegal, Africa to help an orphanage. As we met with Michelle, the manager of the orphanage, we found out that they were very concerned about the milk supply. They had 2 weeks supply for the newborns and 4 weeks supply for the older babies. They had been buying milk from Nestles in Dakar and were now behind $6000 on the bill . They had then changed over to buy the milk from a pharmacist in Mbour at retail. They were behind with him also. We also found out that they had 175 children there with 3 more coming that week. Half were under the age of 2.

The eight of us were very concerned about the milk supply because we had not brought enough money to pay the bill off at Nestles. We prayed and discussed various options on how to help. One option was to go to Dakar and meet with Nestles to see if they would forgive the debt. Our Senagaleze contact, Ousmane, made arrangements for 2 of us to travel to Dakar and meet with Nestles sales people. It took us 2 hours to get there and they were waiting for us. Just before we arrived, Ousmane had a relative meet us and go with us to Nestles. He was a pharmacist. The four of us met with Nestles and found out that since the bill was 3 months old that they could not forgive the debt. They did indicate that once the bill was paid in full that they would sell the milk at a special reduced rate to help the orphanage.

We left sad and disappointed. How could we get this milk supply problem solved?

On our last day at the orphanage we got all the donations we had brought out on a table to present to Michelle, the manager. As I was getting the last items on the 2 tables a big beautiful bus pulled up in front of the orphanage. Men in suits started to pour out of the bus with African women all dressed in their beautiful African attire. These were wealthy people. Once the bus was empty, they opened the belly of the bus and started to unload boxes. It took me about 10 seconds to realize that the belly of the bus was loaded with milk. We formed a human unloading line and stacked the boxes in a big pile. I was brought to tears when I realized that the pharmacist that went with us to Nestles had contacted all these pharmacists at the convention that week in Dakar and they all donated either milk or money to help the orphanage. What a miracle that was that day.

Gordon and Susan in Mbour Orphanage

Mbour Senegal Africa Orfanage

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Senegal, Africa

There is no way to express in words the experience we had in Senegal, Africa. But I would just like to say that the people were wonderful. They are poor and most live in a manner that hasn’t changed in 200 years. I saw that life could be VERY simple and still have meaning and happiness. They work hard. The hardest part was to realize that health care was a major lack there. Almost half of mothers die in child birth. That was why there were so many babies at the orphanage…almost 60 out of 180 children. And although I don’t have figures, many of the babies also die. Most of the children have congestion or runny noses. Many have skin sores. At the orphanage they had almost no playground equipment with only dirt to play in. They have very caring volunteers. Every effort is made to give loving care and provide a clean environment. There are lots of areas in which we can assist. It would be a blessing to get wheelchairs to the disabled. The orphanage needs help every month for the milk and formula they provide. We are trying to get a medical/dental expedition to go there next June. It was an amazing experience.

Susan in Senegal Africa

Gordon in Senegal Africa

Susan in Senegal Africa

Susan in Senegal Africa

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