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PENNIES FOR AFRICA Dear friends and families,

Thank you for your interest and for visiting this website.

My name is Arpita Sally Joyce, and I want to ask you to save up your pennies to help the so many people in Africa who are hungry. When I saw pictures on TV like the ones you see here, I felt very sad and I wanted to help them. My father and I went for a walk later on, and I found a few pennies on the street. I told him I wanted to send them to Africa to pay for food for those who were so hungry. Then when I was on the internet, I decided to make it possible for others to also send their pennies to Africa. That's how Pennies for Africa began in 2004.

In 2005 I started a project called "Pennies for Africa," specifically to help schoolchildren in Africa. It began with a small kindergarten in Opuwo, Namibia, which was struggling to make ends meet. With low funds and not enough staff, the school was getting ready to close. After extensive fundraising, along with many generous donations, Pennies for Africa was able to send what it had raised to the school through the LaSalette missionaries, and was able to prevent the school from shutting down permanently.

The success of this project inspired me to want to initiate more projects so that currently I am working on three of them. The first is the kindergarten in Opuwo, which needs constant financial backing in order to remain afloat. Although the initial support was crucial in preventing the school from closing down altogether, there is still so much that needs to be done. We hope to continue supporting this special school and its education of those young children.

PENNIES FOR AFRICA The last two of my projects are located in Morondara, Madagascar. There are two communities located in the Beautiful Gate Center for the Handicapped. One center is for the physically handicapped, while the other is for children with mental disabilities.

I would like to request your help in the form of prayers, pennies, dimes, dollar bills and checks, to help these many young children who depend on our support to improve their lives. I'm requesting this on behalf of the little children in Namibia and the children with disabilities projects in Madagascar, both of which serve the poorest of the poor.

Any contributions: pennies, dimes, dollar bills, checks and prayers, are so gratefully received and will make a huge difference in the lives of these many children who we want to serve, so we ask you to offer any amount you can.

Our total goal, which includes the three projects, is $21,000. One hundred percent of the money that is raised is forwarded directly to the projects through the North American LaSalette Missions. Checks can be made payable to “PenniesforAfrica.com” or payable to “North America La Salette Missions” with a Memo: Pennies For Africa.

With much gratitude,
Arpita Sally Joyce
August 22, 2013.