Results & Impact
Determination, faith, and commitment are the cornerstones that allow what seems (im)possible to become possible. By building local relationships and networking, many of the people who come to Wendy for help are lead to self sufficiency. Lives are being saved, families are finding relief in their poverty, and new hope is spreading like wild fire as “Mama Wendy” facilitates the possibilities of partnering together to bring life, love and joy.
Wendy featured in Mississauga News.
Wendy arrived in Chingola, and established in her heart that Mbayi would be the village she would focus on. (blog post)
Maize seed and fertilizer provided for a community maize field that would be ready to harvest in March 2011. The words of gratitude spoken were: “now we will have enough food next year and won’t have to worry about starvation.” (blog post)
Tuesdays are declared “Clinic Day.” It is a 2 and 1/2 to 3 hour walk to the nearest health clinic and so many are too sick to make the journey. The health personnel declare that lives were being saved! (blog post)
Relief food in the form of mealie meal (a flour made from corn) is being provided to local orphans and disabled elderly as funds are received. (blog post)
A chicken business is launched to empower women. Two hundred broilers are raised every 6 weeks. People are astonished that an impoverished place like Mbayi—without electricity—can not only raise chickens, but chickens of the best quality! (blog post)
Sweaters provided to every child at the Mbayi Primary School. (blog post)
Generous donation received from Streetsville Rotary Club provided the Mbayi community with their first hummermill to grind their maize crop. No longer do they have to lug heavy sacks of maize a day’s trip to be ground—now they service the needs of the community and it provides income to the households that maintain the hummermill. (blog post)
Health post planning begins. Wendy asked the question—after many months of transporting the sick to clinic and hospital—“How can we bring Health Care into Mbayi?” A Clinical Officer came to Mbayi and gave a presentation of the process required. (blog post)
Container from Canada arrives. Blankets and sweaters distributed to the elderly. (blog post)
Step 1 of building the health post has begun with clearing the land of stumps. Villagers will provide the labour, and the government will provide iron roofing sheets, window, door frames, and staffing. A wonderful partnership has begun with the government. (blog post)
Orchard with banana and nut trees planted close to Mbayi Primary School for the children.
Container arrives with clothes for women and children and toys.
Foundation for the health post is dug.
A football team is formed so that youths living in poverty can compete in a sport in which they yearn to participate. Uniforms and balls are sent from Canada and money is donated to purchase soccer boots. (blog post)
Rich in iron, calcium and protein—a millet field is planted as another initiative to develop sustainable agriculture and support the most vulnerable in Mbayi. Maize seed and fertilizer continues to be purchased for the most vulnerable. (blog post)
Opening of Agape Land School in Chabanyama—for street children, the poor or orphaned. School fees are subsidized through donations and text books, and educational toys were provided by generous gifts for the start up of the school. (blog post)
Mamies Christmas Party, second year, again sponsored by the Moms Group at Caledonia Presbyterian Church. With cake and other refreshments—as well as toys for children (sent from Canada), and the incredible gift of a chicken for each family—the birth of Jesus is celebrated. (blog post)
Wendy is the first woman invited to join the Chingola Rotary Club.
Step 2 in building the health post. A work team of 6 from Canada partner with the village for 2.5 weeks to hand make 3200 bricks to build a health post. Next will be the pouring of the foundation. (blog post)
Chingola district Government commits to partnering with Wendy and the village of Mbayi in the building of the health post. District Commissioner George Sichula, District Community Medical Officer Dr. Sakulanda, Community Development Officer Dorothy Chileshe, and Honourable Deputy Mayor Titus Tembo have all endorsed the health post project, and meet with Wendy regularly. His Honourable Titus Tembo even donated and personally delivered oil to the work site for the production of the mud bricks.
A sewing machine is provided to the Mbayi Women's Club to empower them in a tailoring business. Funds from the Streetsville Rotary Club.
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International has named Wendy Bourgon a Paul Harris Fellow in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.
Partnered with Rotary clubs in Mississauga to put 20 clean water wells in Mbayi.