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Do lunch at the community center

Sandoval County senior centers serve noontime meals on-site and homebound meals for seniors unable to come to the center. This is a great opportunity to eat a well-balanced meal and spend some time visiting with members of the community.

Meal service at the Placitas Community Center begins at noon and continues until about 12:30 p.m. Residents who are sixty years of age or older may enjoy lunch for $1.50. People under sixty are welcome—including children—but must pay $4.50 per meal. The seniors are served first; people under sixty are served second.

For further information about the lunch program, call the Placitas Community Center at 867-3196. Click here for this month’s menus and Senior activities.

©2004 Rudi Klimpert

 

County residents reach out to South African children

Nancy Roope
Beyond 12 Board Chair

Recently formed by Sandoval county residents, Beyond 12 is a 501(c )(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the Zulu children of South Africa who have been orphaned by the AIDS virus. We plan to build a much-needed facility in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa to house some of the two hundred thousand Zulu children that are orphaned by AIDS each year.

There is no real future in South Africa for these children or their young siblings without immediate intervention on their behalf. Without safety, an adequate diet, and appropriate medical attention, the majority will not live beyond their twelfth birthday; those that do will face a life of extreme poverty, isolation, and severe social stigma.

As concerned parents and professionals, we at Beyond 12 find this morally unacceptable. We have come together in a joint effort with our South African counterparts to do what we can to ensure every child possible has what we take for granted in America—the opportunity to live “beyond twelve.”

Beyond 12 seeks to ensure this opportunity by providing safety, housing, educational training, counseling, and adequate health care to Zulu orphans. When possible, these children will be placed for adoption with American families. Children wishing to remain in South Africa will be provided with the kind of love, nurturance, and caring that every child in the world has the right to experience.

Within the next three months, we plan to build and develop a safe haven on three acres of donated land near Durban, South Africa. Our safe haven will be staffed by house parents and will have a weekly clinic serviced by a volunteer doctor, a physician from Scotland.

The costs of building and staffing this facility will be close to $100,000. We are asking Signpost readers to consider donating any amount of money you feel you can to this cause. If money is a problem at this time, please consider going through your garages and closets and donating items that we can sell at flea markets and yard sales. We will be happy to come to your home, pick up your unwanted items, and provide you with a receipt that you can use for a tax reduction.

For further information, please contact Nancy Roope at 4 Canon del Agua, Placitas, NM 87043, 867-1381, or TNTHREE@aol.com or visit www.beyond12.org.

 

Exchange-student hosts sought

—Michelle Johnston

The nonprofit exchange student program DM DISCOVERIES is looking for quality homes to host exchange students from places such as Germany, Brazil, Thailand, and Hong Kong. Students are due to arrive in mid-August. They have health insurance and spending money, and may share a room with a host sibling. They are looking forward to their ten-month academic visit in the United States. Please consider sharing your culture and your home with someone who is eager to become part of your family—from pitching in on household chores to celebrating holidays with you. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide your own family with a cultural experience in your own home. Host families provide room, board, meals, and a measure of guidance for their student.

Call Michelle Johnston with the DM Discoveries Exchange Student Program with any questions in regard to hosting an exchange student at (877) 417-9675.

 

 

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