As many of you already know Shared Interest Foundation does some amazing work in order to help people in the developing world work their way out of poverty. This work, whether it be a small grant to pay for an organisation to attend a trade fair or an intensive three year training course changes poeples lives. It empowers them to break out of the poverty cycle. I would like to share one such story with you.
Theoneste once lived with his two parents, 2 younger brothers, and 2 younger sisters. His parents were farmers with some land and cattle. In 1994, he lost both of his parents, his 8 year old brother, and the family’s cattle. Theoneste was forced to care for his younger brother and two sisters who needed food, clothing, and education. In his own words “I was 10 and I had to grow up and provide for my family as none was left even in my extended family to take care of us.” He was able to finish primary school but could not continue his studies with all of his responsibilities. So, Theoneste began to farm his parents’ land but soon sold it off piece by piece to survive the days.
Since working for Cards from Africa he has been able to provide for his 20 year old brother, Charles, and his 15 year old sister, Rachel. His 13 year old sister was adopted by another family when they lost their parents. For his two younger siblings, Theoneste is able to give them food, clothes, and school materials. In addition, through working with others in his same condition, he has been able to regain a sense of trust as well as a hope for the future. On a practical level, he has learned how to save money and problem solve wisely. In the future Theoneste would like to learn English, French, and go to music school to perform his gift (the guitar).
We would love to help more poeple like Theoneste achieve their true potential, however this can only be achieved with your help and this is where the swimming come into it.
I will be swimming the length of the channel in only 4 weeks to support more poeple like Rachel. I will swim 22 miles which equates to 35,405 metres, which is a whopping 1416 lengths of a 25m pool.
So to do the maths for you….that amounts to 354 lengths per weekfor 4 weeks. Which is a bit of a step up from my current 30 lengths per week!
I will start this challenge on the 1st May and will be providing short updates on here to chart my progress.
I would be really grateful if you would support this worthwhile cause – remember that every little bit helps!
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page,