Ride along with the Radical Grace team north of Chiang Mai into the hills of Thailand on a home-based care visit.
Don’t blow it this week. Really, there are a few rare days of the year we are allowed to let our heart spill out a little. For some, they revel in this opportunity. For the rest of us, it may take a little push. It’s ok. The pressure is off. You’re allowed to push your own heart. Whether you’re celebrating your partner, your bestie, your other or better half on Friday or you’re simply jumping into this St. Valentine’s Day without someone on your arm, we have it all worked out for you.
Whatever you do, make some movement. Contributing to an urgent need halfway across the planet on behalf of your relationship is not only exotic and romantic but it’s just about the most beautiful expression of selfless love.
Our friends at Radical Grace (HOPE for AIDS Thailand) have such a need—a working vehicle. The program is currently running the Fleck Family car up and down rough terrain into the hills for home care visits leaving the Fleck Family mounting 4 to the motorbike for personal transportation. While it sounds like a fun ride, the program should really have sustainable transport for staff so they can keep up and down those hills without a hitch. With a secondhand Isuzu 4x4 double cab truck (roughly $11,000 USD), the team can make their home visits, transport supplies, transport training equipment to workshops, attend Thai HIV and Development Continuing Education, coordinate surrounding community initiatives, and the list goes on and on. When you knock out a $50 charitable gift, we get that much closer. Mark your SIM donation for Project ID 98382 </a>for any amount, keep your nose to our Facebook page and we’ll let you know how the progress is coming along.
The Thailand team works hard to love and serve the people of Chiang Mai. They believe that HIV care and prevention comes first through serving their community in invested relationships. Thus, they beat the dirt roads day after day visiting families in the hills of Northern Thailand bringing medicines, housing and personal supplies as well as helping to transport kids to community activities like soccer and other places they can engage to help build quality of life where they may otherwise resort to risky behavior.
So, this year, when you take a look back at St. Valentine , a look forward into the heart of your relationship or simply a peek into your own heart, push a little. Make a contribution to get these folks a trusty ride so they can get on with this critical work. Need something to show for it? Download our custom designed printable Valentine’s Day card to hand over as a gesture, one that shows that you know what relationship is really about. Not you.
Here’s a card for your sweetie…or your mom. Just download, find some card stock, a paper bag, kraft paper or even vellum and print til your heart’s content.
VINCENT the VERiTABLE:
Nhasi Zvemangwana (Today for Tomorrow) in Zimbabwe is putting a dent in those HIV positive stats by teaching kids age 6-12 every day after school facts about HIV and AIDS. how to make safe choices, develop character, take responsibility and become leaders in their community.
Vincent, now 18, was one of the programs first to be taught when he was in the third grade. Today, he highly regarded as a peer educator as he volunteer teaches for the program. He has proved to be a reliable and committed volunteer passionate about reaching out to children by sharing from his own experiences. He is a Training Team Member and one of the many success stories of this HOPE for AIDS program in Zimbabwe.
This year, his final challenge…passing Mathematics. He has his eyes set to secure a vacancy to train in wood technology at the local university. Godspeed, Vincent!