Woman in Ikowa Village caring for her pigs!

Yesterday (Nov. 1st) I received this message on Face Book:  “Halloween is over ~ BAM, it’s Christmas.”  Don’t ask me what happens to Thanksgiving and Advent.

Certainly, our mailboxes are already jammed with Christmas catalogues, not to mention all the requests for donations to worthwhile organizations ~ Boy’s Town, Cancer, Heart, Leukemia, Alzheimer’s, Wounded Warriors; the list goes on.  We pick and choose.  One of Claude’s favorites is St. Jude’s.

The Wilbur Project (piglets for African women) has been heart warming.  What started as small as a mustard seed has grown significantly.  We could say it is a huge tree now.   Over 600 women are raising pigs and are now able to send their children to school.  This also allows them to provide more nourishing food for their families along with giving the women  a sense of pride and ownership in  their own worth.  Karimu is offering them classes in business practices ~ bookkeeping, marketing, banking, saving and lending to other women.

Should you have Christmas gifts to give to family or friends who don’t need a thing, or even want anything, please consider a donation to Karimu to aid these deserving women.  $20.00 will buy a piglet.  $100.00 will buy 5 piglets.  It will be a gift of life and Jessie and I will send cards from you to whomever you are honoring.  So, “Please put a penny in the old man’s  hat.  If you haven’t got a penny, a ha’ penny will do and if you  haven’t got a ha’penny then God bless you.”

Love to our friends and readers, Jessie and Tally