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Internship at Sparrow Village: Johannesburg, South Africa

Our first Serve A Village intern, Bradley, arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa and volunteered at Sparrow Village.

Sparrow Village is a South African non-profit that provides care and comfort to adults and children who have been infected or affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. They are both a Hospice for the terminally ill and a Children’s Home for those vulnerable children who have become homeless due to the death of one or both of their parents. 

Bradley spent 3 months as a Serve A Village intern designing and implementing programs for the children at Sparrow. After assessing the needs of the children, Bradley created exercise, homework, and motor skills programs. She also assisted with a vaccinations program.  In addition, Bradley worked one on one with infants by helping them learn to walk, develop social skills, and speak English.

On weekends, Bradley had the opportunity to spend time with a South African family and enjoy the local culture. She enjoyed weekend trips to Cape Town and to visit Kruger National Game Park.

Bradley received a semester of school credit from the University of Georgia that counted towards the completion of her public health degree.

Sending Bikes to Kenya

 Last spring, 2011, Serve a Village received a donation of 300 used bicycles.  Almost two dozen volunteers showed up, with gloves, tools and willing hearts and hands, to collect the bicycles, prepare them for packing, and load them up on a tractor/trailer donated by SAV volunteer Chris Dutton.  Chris stored the bikes for several months while SAV volunteers raised money to ship the bikes to Kenya. 
Then once again, in the fall of 2011, volunteers pulled up their sleeves and worked all day to transfer the bikes from Chris' tractor/trailer to a shipping container bound for Mombassa, Kenya.  After several months on the sea, the bikes arrived in the port on Christmas Eve.  
SAV Kenya volunteer, Jackson Ehahi, teaming up with the Green Africa Foundation, transported the bikes to Kibera, Nairobi's largest slum, and Vihiga, a rural community near the banks of Lake Victoria, where the bikes have been donated to clinics, schools (providing students with transportation), senior homes (providing employees the ability to go to market for food), entrepeneurs seeking to start bicycle taxi businesses, and to a variety of other deserving and needy individuals and organizations.  Automobiles are almost non-existent in Kibera and Vihiga, and bikes are not affordable for most residents, so the donation of over 200 bikes to these communities is impacting residents in a way that most Westerners can not even comprehend. 
Many thanks to all of our SAV volunteers for their many hours of hard labor, and to those of you whose donations made the shipment possible!

Furniture for Wildfire Victims in Bastrop, Texas

Darla Marburger first became involved with Serve a Village when she joined its Summer 2011 South Africa expedition. She collected children’s clothing, school supplies, first aid provisions, hygiene supplies, and baby blankets that she distributed amongst the impoverished in Stanford, South Africa. While she was there, she also volunteered in soup kitchens, taught and made structural improvements in a boarding school, spent time with the children in two impoverished youth programs, provided care to the elderly and bed-ridden, and planted trees to improve the environment of the village.

Motivated by her feeling of accomplishment upon return from South Africa, she was anxious to help the families in her hometown, Bastrop Texas, when it was hit by the wildfires in Fall 2011. Working with Serve a Village, Darla initiated, led, and executed the Rise from the Ashes Drive charitable event. She coordinated the efforts of 30 volunteers collecting household goods to help the victims of the wildfires.

For her volunteer efforts in 2011, Darla was voted the 2011 Employee of the Year in the annual Teradata Celebration of Caring worldwide competition. Because of her efforts, Teradata donated $1500 to Serve a Village, which will be divided between projects in Bastrop and South Africa.

Gathering supplies for Children's Cancer Hospital of Moscow, Russia


A friend of Serve a Village, KLynn Lochhead regularly donates her time and love to the patients of Children’s Cancer Hospital of Moscow.  Serve a Village helped her assemble a shipment of handmade fleece blankets and knitted caps and other supplies from Washington DC that she carried directly to the infants being cared for in the hospital. 

KLynn says, “They have so little here, and the hospital is so bleak.  The mothers or grandmothers stay with them--cook and feed them, bathe them, wash their clothes and sheets.  There is a very small kitchen and laundry room that all of them use.  There are between 35 and 50 patients on these two floors that we see.  They can only stay for a 3 month period and then have to leave.  If they need to come back they have to wait for at least a 30 day period.  Many of these are from outside Moscow, from all over Russia… so they are a long way from home and family.”

Supplies shipped to Haiti  

With the outbreak of cholera following shortly after the horrific earthquake, Haitians were devastated and desperate. Serve a Village collected and shipped first aid, medical and hygiene supplies to Petit Goave, a town in southern Haiti where aid rarely reaches. 

Marie Etter, a Serve a Village volunteer and native Haitian, traveled to Haiti from May 5th through June 30th 2011 and delivered approximately 25 boxes of medical/emergency supplies to the Notre Dame Hospital of Petit Goave, as well as hundreds of pounds of clothing.

St. MAC's Mother and Child Clinic in Kibera, Kenya

Most women in Africa never have a single prenatal exam, and most newborns are never assessed by a doctor. This lack of access to local, affordable health care contributes in part to the high maternal and infant mortality rates that persist throughout Africa.

Jackson Ehaji, who was raised in Kenya's largest slum, Kibera, saw the need for maternal and child health care, and with the support of local churches and volunteers, opened St. MAC, the only clinic serving the approximate one million women and children in the slum. St. MAC provides affordable prenatal exams, ultrasounds and neonatal screenings, often helping to detect potential complications before they become life-threatening situations.

The education St. MAC offers also helps women ensure better health care for both themselves and their children. With SAV's assistance, St. MAC expanded its services to include delivery of newborns and is now able to keep its doors open 24 hours a day. St. MAC welcomes monetary donations, as well as donations of OB/GYN and neonatal medical supplies and medications. 

Thanks to the generous in-kind and monetary donations from local individuals, health clinics and hospitals, SAV shipped a large pallet of medical supplies to the St. MAC's clinic. These supplies helped save and improve the lives of many of the mothers and children who reside in Kibera, Africa's second largest slum.