RPCVs Visit Liberia with Westminster Presbyterian Mission Trip

Fellow RPCVs and members of RPCVs of NENY, John and Lyn Kucij (Liberia 1971-1973) went to Liberia in May for the Westminster Presbyterian Mission Trip. They visited Hope Mission School where Westminster Presbyterian Church has funded the building of a new classroom. All the students and staff members received both school and hygiene supplies. In addition to these items, they were able to bring hundreds of pieces of good, used summer clothing for all ages. While the primary goal was to provide new clothes for the eleven orphans supported by Westminster Presbyterian, there was more than enough to be shared widely with staff, students, and community members. A grateful THANK YOU goes out to the City Mission of Schenectady for providing much of the clothing and other supplies!
John and Lyn used their one free day to visit some beehives and two schools that are managed by two of their former students from when they were PCVs. Also, six more of their former students made a surprise appearance!

RPCVs-NENY Give Back: Freedom From Fistula

FistulaClinicThe RPCV NENY-sponsored Freedom From Fistula event on April 12th was a rousing success. The program included a speaker, film, patient testimonial, plus light food, and silent auction. The evening’s activities were well received and many of those who attended expressed how much they learned from the program and enjoyed the company. Through ticket sales and donations $6,362 was raised to prevent and treat obstetric fistula! The funds have been donated to the Freedom From Fistula Foundation (FFFF) to support the Fistula Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi.

RPCV-NENY’s original goal for this fundraiser was to sell fifty tickets and raise $1300. We underestimated the incredible generosity and heart of the greater northeastern New York region, and our families and friends across the country. We sold over seventy tickets and more than quadrupled our fundraising target donation. In addition, small businesses in the region and many individuals were contributors to our silent auction, which helped raise significant funds.

We wish to extend a special thanks to the congregation of Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church in Guilderland for the use of their facilities and their support.

The FFFF will use the funds for surgeries to restore a woman to health, life, and a future. Each surgery costs $500. They will also be used to support the Patient Ambassador Program at the Malawi Fistula Centre. The Patient Ambassador Program trains former fistula patients to be outreach ambassadors in remote areas of Malawi. The ambassadors identify women suffering from fistula and bring them into the center for surgery. The ambassadors also help prevent fistula by encouraging pregnant women to get to medical facilities in time to deliver with medical assistance. A portion of the funds will enable the Center to purchase bikes for the ambassadors, to further their outreach.

This event would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of the steering committee that carried out the myriad required tasks over the course of several months. Quite a community was built in a short amount of time. We were also fortunate to have been able to use the blueprint of the successful 2014

RPCV NENY-sponsored Ebola event and the group now has significant “event” experience.

We are planning to create a package that documents our process and products so that other groups that want to undertake an awareness and fund raising event can be provided the tools and procedures that worked so well for us…without having to reinvent the wheel. We will distribute this how-to package to the Freedom From Fistula Foundation, and will also provide it to the National Peace Corps Association for the benefit of other RPCV groups.

~Courtesy of Becky Raymond

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The group received a thank you message from Margaret Moyo, Director of the Malawi Fistula Centre:

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“My name is Margaret Moyo, Director, Fistula Care Center, Malawi. As a center we repair more than 350 mothers every year. We don’t just concentrate on the physical repair. We rehabilitate, empower and reintegrate these women back into society.

Our patient ambassador program is a great success. On a monthly basis we admit more than 16 mothers brought in by the Patient Ambassadors. We are very grateful for the continuing support you are giving to us.

Thanks very much.”

Lessons Learned: Work In Africa

Join us at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Albany on Wednesday, May 23rd from 7 – 9 pm as we share “Lessons Learned From Our Work In Africa”.

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The evening is designed as forum and workshop to bring together Capital District groups who are engaged in assisting African communities. Westminster’s own TEAM LIBERIA will report on its’ most recent trip to evaluate programs it supports. Also invited to share their experiences are representatives of four other local groups; To Smile Again Project, Mooncatchers, Zion-Hills International School and Kekeli/Ghana.

The public is invited to participate. No admission fee but free will offerings for Westminster’s work in W. Africa will be welcomed. Light refreshments will be served. For further information contact Lyn or John Kucij Lkucij@gmail.com or call 518-372-9578.

EMPOWERMENT * CAPACITY BUILDING * EDUCATION

 

 

Online Vote for 2017 Charitable Contributions

This post is intended for those who will be unable to attend our December 5th meeting in Poestenkill at 6pm.
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We will be voting at our December meeting to donate to our nominated charities. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please submit your vote online using the google form found at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/cMa0c4epj5YjzUqn2.
 
Some of you might not know at the moment whether or not you will be able to attend the meeting. With this in mind, we’ll keep the online vote active until 5pm on December 5th, the day of the meeting.
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Completing the online vote should take approximately 1-2 minutes. Please vote only once.
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If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at rpcvneny@gmail.com.
 
Thank you,
Sarah
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Sarah Janeski
President RPCVs NENY
RPCV Kazakhstan 2009-2011

Deadline for charitable contribution submissions is Oct. 31st

Important deadline approaching regarding RPCV NENY’s annual charitable contributions:

Every December the group votes on our annual charitable donations. This is a reminder that written nominations for our annual donations will be due by October 31st. If you would like to nominate a charitable group, please review the submission requirements under our bylaws in section 5.6 Disbursement of Monies (see below) and send written nominations to the group at rpcvneny@gmail.com.

5.6 Disbursement of Monies

The process for determining annual outlays shall consist of a period to nominate organizations to receive support, a period for discussion, and then a vote at the following meeting. One month shall be allowed for discussion. Written nominations with a brief statement of purpose and how it meets the mission of RPCV-NENY shall be submitted by Oct. 31. Discussion will occur at the November meeting and a vote taken in December. In the event that this schedule cannot be met, a vote shall be taken at the earliest appropriate time.

https://rpcv-neny.org/about/group-bylaws-draft/