Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Friends of Guinea Bissau go LIVE

 From the United States Office of State
Due to the poor conditions of the transportation infrastructure, traveling on most urban and rural roads can present significant dangers. Road conditions and driving standards are extremely poor. While Guinea-Bissau has developed the major transit route between Bissau and the Mpack border crossing to Senegal, the majority of roadways are not regularly maintained or developed.
If you are reading this blog post you already understand the importance of lending a helping hand to the less fortunate. That’s the primary mission of our projects at It Takes a Village.

But lending a helping hand goes farther than just helping the villagers….

We are also thankful for the missionaries who are willing to sacrifice their personal comfort and convenience to go to the farthest corners of the earth and whose willingness to make these personal sacrifices enables us to do our work for the people who live in these countries.

Becoming a missionary is a life-changing experience. Nowhere is this more evident than in the countries of Africa. Temperatures can reach well over 100 degrees –  no air conditioning, poor infra-structure. Bouts of malaria and other exotic illnesses. Living in West Africa can be one of the toughest places on earth.
I’m not exactly sure how many projects Maritza gives her time to -- in addition to her day job (I know of at least 4, plus building a swimming pool for the kids of Casa with her own money) and I never hear that she is too busy to help. When I work with Maritza she makes me feel like my project is the ONLY one she is working on.

That is why I am so pleased to be a co-sponsor with Shelly and Friends of Guinea Bissau on a new project called “Project Keep Maritza Mobile”

Here’s a little snippet from an email I received from Maritza on Saturday regarding project updates.
Yeah stuck again. Guess I am getting used to my African traveling mode.
I started out yesterday at ten a.m. in my old unfaithful car, with promises from my mechanic that the car would make it to Quebo...my mechanic was so so sure that he offered to drive along with me...needless to say we got stranded in Mansoa two hours from Quebo....and were there ten hours...Fredy knows you are eager to get some news and that was the reason for our meeting yet we were not able to get together. I will try again next week or weekend.
Once you venture off the one and only ‘real’ road, you are on rural paths that lead to the bush in Guinea Bissau.  You are in for the ride of your life!! (I took the photo below when we were on our way to Djati) This has to be the roughest road and worst ride I've ever had.

Maritza needs our help to replace the 30 year old vehicle she is driving and The Friends of Guinea Bissau is an advocate who can speak out and provide support on her behalf.

What YOU can do to help?

Go to the site and donate!! You can also find a link to site on my sidebar.

Every single donation counts no matter how big or small, and all funds will go directly to the project. All donations are tax deductible through our partner Life Link a 501c3.

Help us spread the word like wildfire.
Passion is contagious! Share the story online and face-to-face. Every time you talk about the project there’s a chance someone will take notice and champion the cause. Connect your friends and family by telling them why you’re getting involved.
It’s easy – every time you share by email, on Facebook, or over a coffee, you’re making an impact.

Help by Fundraising
Pledge your birthday, run a race, give up coffee, throw a fun party. Lead by example and Get the children involved – fundraising doesn’t have to be complicated.

BTW- if you have been inspired by Maritiza or she has helped you in any way this is wonderful way to give back and feel free to upload photos and video of your own Maritza stories.

Below is that video I promised you
the 1 take wonder!

We LOVE Maritza!


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