Litsemba 2010

Over the past year, thousands of people have been involved in the planning of Litsemba 2010 in Swaziland. On a beautiful Friday in July, the many months of planning paid off. Thousands of colorful beanies knitted by people from all over the world were placed on the heads of the orphans and vulnerable children of Swaziland. Clean, soft blankets that were donated from across the globe were put in the hands of those that truly needed them for the cold Swazi winter. Beautiful, new Bibles were given to each child who will cherish and read the word of God, most for the first time in their lives. Warm food packs were handed out to each child to fill their stomachs as their hearts had been filled throughout the day.

We are thankful to His Majesty King Mswati III for giving his full support of this important event and for cancelling other travel plans to attend with his children. We are thankful to the Inkhosikati La Mbikiza for being the beautiful Patron of the event. Thanks also goes to the Swazi government and the Swazi Ambassador to Taiwan, Ambassador Gwebu, who together forged ahead with the event in times of doubt and confusion.

A special thank you goes out to each of the 400 volunteers who traveled to Swaziland from Canada, Taiwan and the United States and told the children of Swaziland with their eyes, their hands, their hearts, and their feet that they are loved.

The team at Heart for Africa wants to thank each and every person that had something to do with making Litsemba 2010 the success that it was, from praying to knitting to collecting to fundraising to traveling to loving. There will never be enough words to pass on our thanks properly.

Below is a photo slide show of the event. Take a look and see the smiles on the faces of the children that would not have happened without all of your hard work, many prayers, and generosity. A video will be posted here on the blog no later than Friday, August 26.

And to answer the question that has been asked over and over again … Litsemba 2011 will take place on Saturday, July 23rd, 2011! We hope to see you all there.

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Join Heart for Africa at the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon

Heart for Africa is happy to join with the amazing team at the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon for the fourth year as an official charity. During the past three years, we have had hundreds of people run and walk the marathon for Heart for Africa in Carlsbad, California. And we know that this year will be no different.

Registration is open for the marathon on January 23, 2011 in Carlsbad, CA. Last year, the Heart for Africa team raised over $25,000. And this year, we have an even bigger challenge…$30,000! That is a big goal for a small team, but with many runners/walkers raising funds together we know that we can reach our goal.

This year, the Heart for Africa Carlsbad Marathon team will be “Running for Water”. Water that can change the lives of the children of Swaziland.

Project Canaan in Swaziland is a large scale farm and soon-to-be children’s home owned by Heart for Africa. We have made great strides in development in the past year. But we still have a long way to go. We need to provide proper water and irrigation for the farm so that we can plant and harvest food year round. Right now, because of the lack of proper irrigation, we are limited to one growing season per year. This has to change to begin to address the food issue in Swaziland.

We hope that you will plan to join us in Carlsbad on January 23, 2011 either as a runner/walker of the full or half-marathon or as a volunteer passing out water and giving support along the course.

If you plan to run/walk, you need to register soon and get your fundraising page set up. The half-marathon always sells out very early. So register today at http://www.active.com/donate/hfa2011. Just click the “Register for this Event” button at the top.

Would you rather volunteer? Send an email to marathon@heartforafrica.org and we will be in touch.

We understand if you can’t join us in Carlsbad. Please consider giving to help the team reach our goal of $30,000. Donate today at http://www.active.com/donate/hfa2011.

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