This is an awareness and action initiative designed to give particularly young school children in the United States an opportunity to get involved in bringing hope and future to other children in impoverish countries and communities of Africa. This program is currently focused on the little nation of Liberia, West Africa.
This vision was birthed through the inspiration of Mrs. Becky Boudreaux and Mrs. Maeghan Snodgrass of Lafayette Louisiana.
Most often, after hearing the compelling stories of others living on the margins of life, the immediate thought that comes to one’s mind is, “How can I help to make a difference?” As a result of that, our organization have benefited from the generosity of individuals, churches, families, businesses, schools and homes. Not only has the extension of clothing, office supplies, toys, and money, been donated by adults, but also school aged children have been deeply involved.
Today, we are very privileged to live in a country that is immensely blessed beyond human understanding where is so much peace, hope and prosperity for all that sometimes, we forget to realize how much God loves us. But in the midst of all of these material blessings, comes with a huge responsibility to use what God has given to us to reach out to the needy and make an impact in the lives of the poor.
The children of today, are tomorrow’s leaders of the world, therefore, it is very important to teach our children the real meaning of love, care, sacrifice and a heart for others. What greater joy than to expose our children to giving to other children in need who are just like them in every way but are deprived the basic necessities of life that we sometimes take for granted in the US.
When your child is exposed to the idea that, there are other children in the world who do not have schools, books, video games, television, junk food, or even lunch at school, they immediately want to do something to help. Kids have immense faith and loving hearts.
children at the Heart of Grace Elementary, Junior and Senior High School in Johnsonville, Liberia by raising money to provide uniforms for 92 school children in that country. They also donated some of their used books, clothing and toys to help.
In return, our children in the US have experienced the ultimate blessing of tithing. Although, they do not have a job or any means of income, these students raised money via parents, parent co-workers, family members, garage sales, and even from their own piggy-banks.
This notion of giving to those in need, has not only touched the lives of the receiving children in Liberia Africa, but also the lives of our own children, family, and friends here in the US who took a stand for change in Liberia and give others an opportunity.
Below are pictures of students from Acadiana Area in Louisiana who have supported and partnered with us in the Change For Change Program in the past years:
Change for Change Project for 2012:
God willing this year, in collaboration with other organizations, schools and individuals, the new phase of projects for Change Agent Network in Liberia for 2012 will include the construction of a cafeteria for the children at the school in Johnsonville, two more classrooms, a medical clinic. We are now trying to raise $1,000 for the materials. The local people themselves in Liberia will do the rest of the works. We are praying that the generous people of the United States will supply medical equipment and supplies for the new clinic. When completed, these projects will benefit 1,500 children and 53 staffs and administrators of the Heart of Grace High School including the entire local community that has a population of about 17,000 people.
In most cases, this cafeteria will provide free lunch to the children which will be the only meal these students will eat in a day. Our hope is that children in America will continue to use their immense faith and loving hearts to sacrificially give change from their piggy banks to help us make this project a success.
BUILDING LIBERIA BRICK BY BRICK
Together we will build the cafeteria and the health clinic 2012
This is another method we have employed in our fundraising efforts to accomplish our goals with these projects. Your child / children can help Change Agent Network build the cafeteria and health clinic, brick by brick. A child can buy bricks for 50¢ each. For participating, the name of your school will be placed on a plaque in the cafeteria. Each day the Heart of Grace students will remember you in their prayers.
The cafeteria takes 3,000 bricks and the clinic takes 3,000 bricks. On the Change Agent Network website, we will keep track of the total number of bricks purchased until we reach our goal of 6,000.
We realize that not many children have jobs, but almost every child in America has a piggy-bank, therefore if children work together to tithe their little change, they can change the world.
Keep a jar in your classroom (Business folks, you could keep a jar in your office or place of business!). Students and teachers can share their spare change. Over time, this seemingly small contribution will pile up to make a significant difference in the building construction of the cafeteria in Liberia. Once the jar is full, have your students help count the amount!
Send a check for the amount to:
Change Agent Network, Inc.
208 Oakwood Drive
Lafayette, Louisiana 70503 USA
Or you can make a credit card or bank draft payment via the website: www.canintl.org Send us the name and picture of your class, school and students along with the full change jar via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org We will add these information to our website and post a plaque in the wall of the cafeteria after it is built as partners in progress.
If you have any question, or need more information on our Change For Change Program in the South of the United States, please contact us at: E-mail: email@example.com Eric Wowoh Tel: 337-781-4208 Heather Lecky Tel: 337-739-7770 and Cheri Minckler Tel: 337-255-7000
OUR EAST COAST LOCATION
On the East Coast area, you can get involved with this worthy cause at our Maryland’s State office located at 6916 Woodstream Turn, Lanham MD 20706 Tel: 240- 705-2485 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Ms. Annie Wright Program Director
OUR MIDWEST LOCATION
If you live in the Midwest of the United States and would love to get involved with this life changing program, please contact our Change For Change Program Coordinator: Ms. Amanda Bartlett at phone #: 1-417-967-6816 E-mail: email@example.com Mr. Brandon Sigman is the program assistant: Phone #: 417-260-2790 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the Midwestern States, you can find our office in the State of Missouri at:
Change Agent Network, Inc.
761 Grandview Drive,
Hillsboro, Missouri 63050 USA
Heath Vogel – President, MO Chapter
UPDATE ON THE CAFETERIA AND HEALTH CLINIC PROJECTS IN LIBERIA MARCH 2013
The cafeteria and medical clinic projects for the children at the Heart of Grace School in Johnsonville Liberia, is close to completion. Many thanks and appreciation to the students of the few schools in the great states of both Louisiana and Missouri for helping to bring hope to their fellow students in Liberia. We are also very grateful to you all who have assisted in some form or the other in making this a dream come true! Pray for the completion of this worthy piece of project for the children of Liberia.