Projectline proves its passion for giving employees unique opportunities to make a difference globally through its International Volunteer Grant. Each year, two Projectline employees are awarded the opportunity to travel abroad, to work in support of a cause of their choice. When I heard the news that I had been selected this year, I was beyond ecstatic.
On January 5th, I am embarking on the volunteer trip of a lifetime to Cape Town, South Africa. I will be working for two amazing organizations, whose missions are to assist the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS. The House of Moria Orphanage caters to children whose parents died from HIV/AIDS; approximately half of the children, ranging from 18 months to 14 years old, are living with the deadly disease themselves. With little funding from the South African Government, House of Moria provides housing, food and education. Per the orphanage’s request I will deliver a presentation to the children on the how to prevent the spread of AIDS and how to be self-sufficient. The money I’m raising as part of this volunteer effort will go toward:
- Nutritious fresh food—diabetes is on the rise, as they are often unable to pay for fresh produce
- Educational supplies
The Melkhoutfontein Clinic provides vital health care to Cape Town’s HIV/AIDS community, as well as housing and life skills services to adults who have been shunned by society due to their positive status. The grassroots clinic is in the process of building a facility to house a larger number of adults. During the 5 days I will interact with patients, assist the staff and help to decorate the new facility. The money I raise for this organization will provide:
- Basic medical supplies
- Furniture and housing items
- 3 wheelchairs
There is still time to help make a difference. Here are a few simple ways you can help:
- Share this story and ask your friends to donate
- Donate funds through the fundraising website.
- Soak in the holiday cheer and help raise funds by attending the Gundersen Family Christmas Concert. It starts at 8:00pm on December 21st at the Fremont Abbey and features Projectline’s own Kris Orlowski. Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets.
- I will be taking an extra suitcase of goodies for the kids. If you have any items such as new or gently used clothing, educational or art supplies please bring them to the front desk of the Seattle Projectline Office.
Thank you Projectline for allowing to me to inspire and assist those less fortunate! I can’t wait!