Nancy Stiles has dedicated her life to transforming children through education. During her accomplished 48-year career as a teacher, elementary and junior high school principal, and central office administrator, she poured her heart and life into her students, faculty, and staff; achieving tremendous success. Everywhere she goes she makes people’s lives better. Since retiring, Nancy has continued to graciously volunteer her time with several civic organizations including the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, The Boys and Girls Club of Champions Valley, The Columbus Lions Club, and her local church. In addition, she has twice served teachers and students while on mission trips to Kenya and South Africa. Anyone who knows Nancy knows that she is a generous giver and is committed to serving others, especially the underprivileged and at-risk. Her passion is changing children’s lives.
How often do you really have the opportunity to change a child’s life… forever? Today you do. Together we can dramatically change the trajectory of many children’s lives and inject vision, support, hope, love, and light into the Dark Continent of Africa!
Journey with me to a remote village in Zambia, Africa named Chifundo. Ranked as the poorest country in the world in 2014 with 86% poverty and 77% unemployment rates, Zambia is a land filled with despair. The life expectancy is 38 years old and the country has the highest orphan rate per capita on earth. Chifundo Village in the Petauke region of the Eastern Province is no different. Life is hard there. Very hard.
However, in a clearing on a breezy hillside stands a small two-room school built by Chifundo community members with hand-made mud bricks where hope is growing. Since 2009, the Chifundo Community School has been led by 6 volunteer teachers, with no government support at all. The school is making a difference in the community but the needs are still desperate. Currently there are 127 students, 13 of which are orphans. Rarely do any of them have enough food to eat. Few can imagine a life without poverty, disease and hopelessness. None of them can fix these problems on their own, but ALL of them can be helped…and they can be helped TODAY!
In early 2015, while visiting Chifundo to conduct one of our Zambia Alive! School outreach assemblies at the school, members of the PTA, along with village leaders and teachers, made a passionate appeal for our help. They requested that our ministry, Momentum Missions, assist them in; planting a new church, making improvements to the existing school building, acquiring textbooks, school supplies, and Bibles, and providing financial support for the orphans, at-risk children, and teachers. After hearing the hearts of the leaders and seeing how great the needs were, our Zambian leadership team and I committed Momentum’s support. I pledged that I would do all I could do to help and that I would travel back to Texas and challenge others to get involved. One year later, I am thrilled to report that our ministry, because of the generous support of our donors and the hard work of the Chifundo villagers, has been able to accomplish a great deal already.
Since February of 2015 Momentum Missions has:
After we began to support the school and community I was inspired with an idea; to rename the school in honor of my incredible mother, Nancy Stiles, and to name her the Honorary Superintendent. I decided to then reach out to her friends and former colleagues, teachers, and students that have been impacted by her life and career; inviting them to join us in bringing hope to the children of Chifundo. You can help us change children’s lives in her honor.
If you have been impacted by Nancy Stiles’ life and career, would you consider honoring her by helping her and us change the lives of some precious and desperately needy children in Africa? Our long-term vision is to provide an exceptional education and Christian character formation for students who can then go on to high school and college and become outstanding leaders in Zambia.
Specifically, would you consider making a generous financial contribution toward capital improvement projects, sustainable development initiatives, and ongoing teacher support and orphan care needs? Our goals in 2016 are to: build a second classroom block with an office for teacher, plant grass on the sports fields, install toilets and showers for the children, provide running water and a flushing toilet for the head teacher’s house, construct a second teacher’s home, and ship a container to Chifundo filled with school supplies, uniforms, books, farming and construction equipment, and other donated items, and provide financial assistance to the volunteer teachers. These initiatives will cost about $31,000 to fully fund. Together we can make dreams come true. Would you help us...Today?
With sincere appreciation for your anticipated support,
Chad Dickson McMillan
President, Momentum Missions
The Nancy Dickson Stiles Primary School and Orphan Care Centre is a ministry of Momentum Missions, which operates under the umbrella of Allegro Organizational Solutions, a 501(C)(3) charity. All donations are 100% tax-deductible. Please make checks payable to Allegro Organizational Solutions, add MomentumMissions.CDM to the memo line, and mail to: Momentum Missions, P.O. Box 10911, Houston, Texas 77206. You may also give online at: www.momentummissions.net. There you will find a link to the Allegro website where you can make your secure online gift. Please type in: MomentumMissions.CDM in the space provided for “account designation.” May God richly bless you and yours and…thank you very much for your generous support!
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