September 16, 2020
Dear Friends of Hearts 4 Africa,
It is my prayer that you and your families are staying well as we face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is at this time every year we’re busy planning for our annual Stir Up Your Hearts fundraiser. We rely on this fundraiser to keep Naluko Women’s hospital and the outpatient clinic operating the following year. I sincerely thank you for donating to Hearts 4 Africa at last September’s event and throughout this past year. Your support has kept us up and running, providing much-needed medical services to so many who otherwise would have had no care at all.
In the short time we have been open (outpatient clinic since November 2019 and women’s hospital since end of March 2020) we’ve come to realize that the population we serve are even poorer than we had first thought. We are finding that even though our fees are around $3.00 per visit (with no mark-up on medication and laboratory tests) most of our villagers are unable to pay for their medical services. Some pay a small amount and others promise to pay later (which rarely happens).
We are supporting 25 employees through our payroll and all of them are doing an amazing job. Our overhead for a normal birth is $35.00 and $100 for a cesarean section and as I said, most cannot pay. We care for 15 to 20 people per day at our outpatient clinic. Many adults and children alike are coming to us with Malaria (approximately 10 people daily!) who without treatment suffer terribly and could even face death. The deliveries in our women’s hospital are slowly increasing as the word is spreading. We have been able to save the lives of mothers and newborns with our emergency surgical care. Many pregnant women who usually receive no prenatal care are now coming to us. It has been our privilege to serve those precious people. No one is ever turned away, regardless of their ability to pay.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic we are doing things differently. We are sponsoring an online fundraiser from October 1st through November 1st, with a “live” drawing on November 7th. Each person who donates will be sent a ticket stub by return mail. The original ticket will be entered in the appropriate drawing box. I am asking that if you donated to Hearts 4 Africa last year, you would please pray and consider making a donation equal to or better than last year’s donation. If you have never donated before, will you please join this year in our efforts to save lives?
The following is a break-down of donations and possible gifts you could win. Everyone who donates $100 or more, or signs up for an automatic minimum monthly donation of $35 or more will receive a sterling silver “Africa” charm as our thank you. You have the opportunity to win the following gifts based on the amount you donate. If you donate $200-$299 you could win Kendra Scott jewelry; donate $300-$499 a Adora Paradise Galleries Doll (with shopping cart and many accessories); donate $500-$999 a Hannah Harris giclee print, donate $1,000-$1,999 a Gift Card worth $500 for Amazon.com; donate $2,000-$2,999 a Hannah Harris embellished giclee print or if you donate $3,000 or above, a one week stay at a resort in Mexico (1/9/21 to 1/16/21). Please scroll below for pictures and detailed descriptions of the gifts you could win.
With gratitude and love,
Founder and Executive Director
GIFTS YOU COULD WIN
DONATE $35 or more and receive an “Africa” charm
The sterling silver charm of Africa has a heart cut-out in the middle and measures 20 mm x 17 mm (roughly 3/4 inch x 1/2 inch)
DONATE $200 to $299 and possibly win Kendra Scott jewelry
You could win Kendra Scott Elisa silver pendant necklace in Ivory Mother of Pearl, Sophee silver drop earrings and Elaina silver chain bracelet in Ivory Mother of Pearl
DONATE $300 to $499 and possibly win the Adora Paradise Galleries Doll and accessories
You could win the Adora Paradise Galleries doll complete with Reborn realistic baby bottle, Melissa & Doug shopping cart, Melissa & Doug 21 piece hand-painted wooden play food set, pink backpack filled with baby diapers and two sleepers
DONATE $500 to $999 and possibly win “Like a Tree” giclee print by Hannah Harris
You could win this beautiful gilcee by Hannah Harris. Hannah was born and raised in Orange County, California. Each painting she creates springs from the place of relationship with Jesus and often includes elements from the places she has visited. Click on the link to her website to learn more https://www.paintingprovisions.com/
DONATE $1,000 to $1,999 and possibly win a $500 Amazon gift card
You could win a $500 gift card to be used at Amazon.com
DONATE $2,000 to $2,999 and possibly win the “Rivers of Living Water” embellished giclee print by Hannah Harris
You could win this beautiful embellished gilcee by Hannah Harris. In her work it is her desire that the heart of God be expressed and His Spirit bring light, life, hope and healing to the soul of each viewer. Click on this link to her website to learn more https://www.paintingprovisions.com/
DONATE $3,000 or more and you could win a 7-night stay (1/9/21-1/16/21) at Playa Grande Resort and Spa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
You could win a week stay at the beautiful Playa Grande Resort and Spa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The dates are January 9, 2021 thru January 16, 2021. Click on the link below for more information https://playagranderesort.solmar.com/
Please consider donating today!
Your donations have the power to change so many lives