Angaza Widows Group - Chicken Program
(“Angaza” means light in Kiswahili)
The Angaza Widows Group consists of a group of widowed Kenyan women, most of who come from Chebaiywa village and its environs. Many of these women struggle with common challenges, including: coping with the death of a spouse, the stigma of HIV/Aids, inadequate finances, and the challenge of raising children as a single parent. To help with these issues, the group strives to provide emotional and spiritual support, along with income-generating activities. The most recent of these activities is referred to as the Chicken Program, which was developed to help these widows earn a livelihood and provide for their families.
Improve Lives in West Africa by Donating on Behalf of Vocational Programs
Forward Advantage’s Michael Wanke has some big plans for next month, and he can use your help! Michael has been working hard during his free time to raise funds for a two-week trip to West Africa. The purpose of this trip is to set up a computer lab for a vocational school in Guinea-Bissau. As a Software Developer for Forward Advantage, Michael is well-qualified for the task! He learned about this opportunity through a Christian non-profit called West African Vocational Schools (WAVS). Located in Fresno, WAVS seeks to establish vocational training centers in Guinea-Bissau, one of the smallest and poorest countries in the world. WAVS believes that collaborating with local leaders on educational programs and job training will provide long-term solutions to issues such as poverty, drug smuggling, and human trafficking.
Local “Bike and BBQ” Supports Fresno’s Children
The Forward Advantage Foundation would like to thank those who recently participated in the charity “Bike and BBQ” event that took place on October 13th. Employees of Forward Advantage and Physician Network Advantage organized this event in support of Off The Front’s mission to combat obesity and poor academic performance among children in Fresno. The program grants underprivileged children a new bicycle for having met customized academic, character, and physical goals. With your help, and with Forward Advantage generously matching all donations, we raised a total of $5,180. These funds exceeded our original goal and will go towards Off the Front’s purchase of more than 50 new bicycles!