May 16, 2006

Email received from Valarie Nelson – Director: Familias Saludables (Healthy Families), 
to Morgan’s Father Fred Makowecki
I’m going to send you the info about our program and suggested donations that has our shipping address on the end. I was thinking about how much it helped me after my daughter Dawn’s death to supply the orphanage in Haiti and I hope it can bring some of that to you and all with this. We have a project within our program that supplies HIV exposed babies and children with formula, food and clothes and toys. We’ve never had a name for the project and now I know why, Its now the Morgan Jayne Project. If you or some of her friends would like to contribute great. Here are some pictures for you as well so you can see some of the people we help. I can’t tell you how many times I am working and I will see Dawn’s smile or the glint in her eyes in another child and know that what I am doing is a tribute to Dawn. Our girls are together now.

 

May 16, 2006

Email received from Valarie Nelson – Director: Familias Saludables (Healthy Families), 
to Morgan’s Father Fred Makowecki
Dear Fred,
I just want to let you know that ever since helping you adopt Morgan, 18 years ago, there has been a close connection and a place in my heart. You will be sad for a long long time but remember that’s not what Morgan would have wanted ..remember by living life you are honoring her.
Here some of the information about our work. If you have any other questions please email us and we will try to answer any question to the best of our ability.
1) My husband Klaus and I here for life. We return to Canada to visit and fund raise once a year but
that’s it…this is not a 2 year project but a lifetime project (or until its unnecessary). We brought our two kids with us of course but we’ve adopted two more kids whose mothers died with AIDs and my daughter Jane (now 22) came down a year ago to help us with the kids and she has just adopted a newborn as well. We live in a tiny house that now houses Klaus, Jane and I and 5 kids aged 10, 7,7,7, and 2 months. We are essentially a grass roots project running on a very low budget. Our rent is $300 US a month and that and our power bill (also $300) is a struggle every month. The grants pay for testing kits and ARVs and our transportation to other islands ( we serve all five islands) but little else. I just don’t want you thinking we are a huge operation because basically were poor but honorable (gee, just like PASA…story of my life…except that describes me now, too! LOL)
2) All Cash donations and cheques go to The Dawn Land Children’s Foundation in Edmonton as we are a program under their umbrella. They can issue tax receipts, as we are a registered charity, and deposit 100% of the donations to us.
3) We are all volunteers, the only salaries we pay are honorariums to ten of our HIV+ moms who work for us in an Empowering Women Project funded by the Canadian Government(CIDA), the Muttart Foundation and Change for Children.
4) We basically have 5 projects here: The Empowering Women Project which helps HIV+ women educate others about HIV. The Healthy Babies/Sunny Futures project that is funded by Global Fund and provides testing for all pregnant women to reduce the transmission rate. A palliative care project that is in the infancy stage. The Morgan Jayne Project which supplies HIV+ moms with baby formula, clothes, over the counter medications, etc., to further reduce the rate of AIDS transmission. A Christmas program where we try to get Canadian donors to pick a child off our list of kids who are living with AIDS in our program (about 30 kids) and have them send a gift for their chosen child. We also collect other small toys and distribute them throughout the island in the poorest areas ( Klaus dresses up like Santa) Last year we saw 1000 kids!

 

May19, 2006

Email received from Valarie Nelson – Director: Familias Saludables (Healthy Families),
to Morgan’s Father Fred Makowecki
Hi. The dedication ceremony was great! Everyone that was invited, attended. The media, the mayor, the governor, the chief police, the owner of the biggest resort here, the director of the board of education, etc, about 20 people. Twelve of them have agreed to sit on our advisory board. You thanked me for what I am doing, but thank you. It sounds like your work there as well as community support here will create a solid program. Right now we live week to week when it comes to baby formula, moms never know if we will have milk the next week and they can’t afford to buy it. The Morgan Jayne Project will assure HIV+ moms do not have to breastfeed their babies and risk giving them HIV, that there will always be enough formula for their children. It will ensure they have clothes and blankets for their babies as well as vitamins and other essential items they need.
The Morgan Jayne Project will save babies lives.

 
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