Jan 2011 27

Kathy training eager Liberian teachers

A second teacher-training team will head to Liberia in June, but this time the team will also contain medical personnel. While teachers are being trained in week-long workshops to be held in Monrovia and Ganta, our medical workers will be assisting staff in a clinic in New Georgia and also in Ganta. As the needs are so critical in both areas, we are looking to form a large team. Those who have a heart to help us train school teachers in a wide variety of subjects for any age bracket are especially needed, and for the medical work, we will need doctors, nurses, therapists, techs, and pharmacists, and support workers who are always a help with crowd control, children’s ministry, women’s programs, etc. We hope to also be helping with some construction work, so experienced craftspersons and willing hands will be put to good service at an orphanage, schools and clinics.

Hundreds of patients await start of our village clinics

As always, there are supplies we will need to be able to carry out our work, and cash donations for the team are greatly appreciated.  If you would like to make a financial contribution, you can go to our “donate now” section and give by credit card or send a check to Compassion Corps at PO Box 103, Chester Heights PA 19017.

If you have items to donate, please contact Beth by email at                                   bmcmillen@compassion-corps.com. Thanks for being a part of helping us send this new team to Liberia!

  • Over the counter meds
    • Tylenol
    • Advil
    • aspirin
    • anti-fungal cream
    • anti-itch cream eyedrops
    • eardrops
    • Tums
    • Neosporin
  • Financial donations for:
    • the purchase of needed prescription meds that can be bought in Liberia for a cheaper price ($2000)
    • extra suitcases that we may need to pay for ($150/bag)
    • hiring local professionals to assist us in the clinics ($25-$50 per worker, per day)
  • Items such as
    • flashlights
    • lollipops & Smarties
    • soccer balls
    • jumpropes
    • frisbees
    • bubble wands
    • rocket balloons
    • hemp & beads for making bracelets                                                                
    • new coloring books (more “general” in nature as opposed to popular American culture)
    • flip flops
    • twin sheet sets
    • children’s backpacks
    • children’s clothing
    • school supplies of all kinds
    • school textbooks & curriculum (classroom sets of books are especially desired)
    • teachers’ materials
Mar 2011 18

Today was my first day back out in the garden after a long, hard winter. The debris of many storms is everywhere…not just downed branches, but huge trees, mud piles & ruts left after the windstorms, floods and snow plowing. The landscape seems to be scarred and weary. BUT…the tips of daffodils & crocuses are beginning to push their way through the sad, brown soil. How wonderful to be reminded that new life, new strength, new hope is just around the corner…

In the same way, what we do in Africa with our medical teams, teacher training crews & village health projects brings fresh joy & optimism to those who have lived in despair or despondency for a long time…maybe even for all of their lifetimes. I wish you could see the smiles on their faces when we arrive with our teams of workers, or maybe read their emails, such as this one from Pastor Nouh Yattara in Timbuktu, Mali, after we installed a well into a desolate desert area where the women have had to walk for miles to find water each day: “…THANK YOU SO MUCH for all what has been accomplished through you  so far. Elabdach people are just speechless on how to thank and how to appreciate the water…the well is their first visible and easy to show  asset on the land of their ancestors!”

This past year, our Compassion Corps workers were able to carry out our vision to “unleash hope” for thousands of people through our 3 medical team trips (2 in Haiti & 1 in Uganda) and through our teacher training team in Liberia. Where so many languished under the burden of poverty, disease & malnutrition, our team members stirred up embers of hope. In the wake of civil war in Liberia, where so few children can hope for a good education, our teachers worked hard to strengthen the minds, hands & hearts of many young and eager teachers.

These tangible touches of love are like sunshine warming the dormant ground, generating the energy for new life to happen. How we are looking forward to revisiting these & other places this year, to help nurture their efforts to push through, to stand, to rebuild and to thrive!

Please note:  There is still room left on our summer teams, which are headed to Liberia in June and Morocco in July. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Beth McMillen at bmcmillen@compassion-corps.com as soon as possible!

Apr 2011 17

Sonia translating Suzanne's health talk on diabetes for Moroccan women

For over 25 years, Latin American workers have been investing their lives in compassionate aid work in North Africa. Their similarities in culture & heritage have allowed them to adapt easily to life in Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, and their passion to bring health and healing to those in need has led to countless interventions, such as the “Living Waters” project which provides wells & water systems to impoverished villages. Among the many compassionate endeavors, the work of women helping women has gone on quietly but has had huge results.

Many women of this region, particularly those in mountain or desert villages, have led lives of hardship, often denied the opportunity of schooling or advancement. Feeling called to stand with them in their plight, a handful of talented women from South & Central America have devoted themselves to helping North African women develop life & vocational skills which provide them with income & hope. For the past 5 years, Compassion Corps has been privileged to provide some of these workers with materials for handcrafts classes such as paints, wool & fabric, and we have purchased many of their finished products such as embroidered linens & bookmarks, painted magnets, and woven bags & rugs. Our teams have also assisted them by providing medical workers who have conducted health talks or clinics for their ladies’ groups or for staff & children in orphanages.

As tensions in North Africa began to intensify over the past year, more than 200 compassionate aid workers were expelled from Morocco. Many of these wonderful interventions for women, children, & villages have now come to a tragic halt. One of the pioneers of this work, serving in Morocco for over 20 years, Sonia  Acuña, saw her husband expelled and their work abruptly ended last summer. Sonia will be the special guest speaker at our Garden Party Tea on May 22nd (see information below), at which she will recount amazing stories of how gestures of love have made such a difference in breaking down barriers of hate & suspicion. We hope that many women will be able to join us to learn more about how our lives can help generate ripples of good will to greatly impact others across our world.

Sonia with some of our team members in Morocco.

Spring Garden Party:

join us for a full course tea and a sweet time for your soul!

Ladies, please plan to join us for a delightful garden party on Sunday, May 22nd, at 3pm at the home of Compassion Corps Director, Jan Bean.  A delicious full course tea will be served while we enjoy the enchanting creek-side serenade featuring lovely violin solos by Elizabeth Rohr, Concert Mistress of the Rose Tree Pops & Media Presbyterian Church’s Praise team violinist. Ellen Boyda, Compassion Corps Board member, known for her creative hospitality will be our event hostess, and our guest speaker, Sonia Acuña, a native of El Salvador, will be sharing her remarkable story of 20 years of courageous and compassionate work with women of Morocco.

Elizabeth’s violin is sure to soothe & stir our souls…

Proceeds from the event will go to the support of a special needs center for children in Morocco. For more information or to reserve tickets for the garden party, click on flyer, above.

Apr 2011 17

Thanks to so many of you, our 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 9, was a huge, huge success! We had over 200 people turn out on a beautiful day. Thanks so much to our sponsors and every participant. Together we raised almost $5000 that will go to education projects in Haiti & Liberia.

Enjoy some pictures of our great day, & please patronize our generous sponsors, listed below. Stay tuned for other fun opportunities ahead…volleyball, anyone?!

Our awesome corporate sponsors:  Media Presbyterian Church, NJ National Guard, West Branch Medical, Your Best Interest Financial, Hartzell Machine Works, George Matuszewski – Architect

Donations received from: Panera Bread, Starbucks, Philly Pretzel, Swiss Farms, Chick-Fil-A, Quotations, Deja Vu Salon & Spa

Preparing the goodie bags

Getting everyone registered

On your mark...

There were runners...

...and walkers...

...over 200 of us...

...of all ages!

Banana Man made an appearance

Media Presbyterian provided many volunteers & lots of hot dogs!

Compassion Corps' Board Members Wes & Marge Argo had a great time.

When can we do it again?!!!

Wheels For Wells: Atlantic Water Tour
May 2011 01

On August 1, 10-15 riders will embark on a 6-day journey along the beautiful Atlantic seacoast. The trip will begin in Nags Head, North Carolina, and will end in Ocean City, New Jersey. The goal of this trip is to create awareness of the water crisis that kills 1 child every 15 seconds in Sub-Saharan Africa. *(Water.org) We hope to raise over $20,000 that will go directly to water projects in the regions that we currently serve.

This project is a huge undertaking and it serves as the largest fundraiser of which our organization has ever been a part. We are counting on our supporters, friends and families to join us in our goal.

We need volunteers.

We need riders.

And we need your support.

To find out more information about this program, please log onto www.wheelsforwells.org and become a fan of Wheels for Wells at www.facebook.com/wheelsforwells.

If you would like to volunteer or ride, please contact us at: info@wheelsforwells.org

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