Monthly Archives: June 2010

Humanitarian Mission July 2010

www.napafrica.org

Zimbabwe, Africa

Jabulani Village Home

It’s hard to imagine the desperation in Zimbabwe today, unless you’ve been there.  Toilet paper is worth more than the paper money, a loaf of bread costs around 50 billion Zimbabwe dollars, if you can get any one to accept it,  and a typical meal at the local eatery can cost around $10 US or more.   Annual inflation has been estimated at over 150,000, those who haven’t fled the country face 80% unemployment and 75% are living in poverty.

NAP members and founder Sandy and Richard Orill, Dr. Wendy Norman and Photographer Todd Puchalski pose with some of the few Ndebele People helping themselves, and their community. Lister Ncomo, Bew Johnson and active family members join for this photograph taken in 2009. Jabulani Village, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Africa

NAP members and founder Sandy and Richard Orill, Dr. Wendy Norman and Photographer Todd Puchalski pose with some of the few Ndebele People helping themselves, and their community. Lister Ncomo, Bew Johnson and active family members join for this photograph taken in 2009. Jabulani Village, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Africa

The Ndebele Art Project Africais a 501c3 non-profit organization based in Southern California. NAP formed to address the urgent needs of African Artists and villagers in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe .  The ravages of AIDS, malaria, TB and long-standing political and economical instability in the region has left these people unemployed and destitute.  HIV alone threatens to destroy a once thriving culture and devastating a generation so critical to the future of their world and ours.

A Struggle for Survival. Disease moves quickly.

People of all ages walk miles for a chance to be seen by the doctor.

NAP Africa is dedicated to sustaining the lives and preserving the Artistry and Culture of the rural villagers of  Sub-Saharan Africa. With a long-term commitment to environmental sustainability, the support of tribal self-  sufficiency and control, as well as  the most immediate provisions of food and water sources, healthcare,  education and other basic needs services and resources.  It is our ultimate goal to help ensure a future of hope and  possibility to return these villagers to a thriving community as they once were, and who share their skills and  talents with the world graciously.

24 year old Sibonginkosi Johnson with less then a week to live. R.I.P. July 19, 2009. With 3 now orphaned sons

 

Since 2004, Art exporters,  have deserted the area.  In 2005, tourists deserted the area. Both were once their very thriving incomes.  By 2006 the continuing health crisis took an ever-increasing toll.   In 2007 the escalating food crisis caused by a 2200% inflation rate has created additional survival issues and a scarceness of resources.   Local Artists that remain are joined by a growing number of vulnerable women and children who have little means of support.  It is the children and elderly in these villages that are most vulnerable.  NAP Africa is making a difference, yet we are facing a growing crisis and face extraordinary obstacles.

Jabulani Preschool students mimic Todd Puchalski photographing them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carry grain in anything you can find. Like a tourists lost shopping bag.

Self Portrait in Jabulani Village.

Todd Puchalski is an Orange County based professional Photographer, Artist and elementary school Teacher whose images and photographs are used to raise awareness of global hardships and beauty to bring understanding of the worldly struggles and similarities on our planet.  His Artistic and unique images ignite hope through a unique display of beauty in life and in nature.  In 2009, Todd traveled to Zimbabwe and successfully documented hundreds of Jabulani villagers, medical patients, and life in and around the village.  He also participated in the first health education classes, provided NAP Africa with tools to teach, inspired and educated through his photographic talent.  Todd’s mission in 2010 will include tasks of illustrating key people and places of focus and importance as well as assist in numerous longterm projects on the ground in the rural villages.

Todd Puchalski Photographix ~ tp-photographix.com

 

Rainbow at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. One of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. Where the Great Zambizi dumps it’s flow into an incredible gorge creating enormous waterfalls of 1,000 Ft. drops and 1 Mile long in the middle of the arid Southern Africa Bush. Only 8-10 miles from the rural villages of Victoria Falls area, most have never seen this view as it costs $20 US to visit the national monument. This price is similar to the cost of 1 year of private schooling for a child in Zimbabwe, and more then can be afforded from their annual income.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patient #1 Thanks Dr. Wendy Norman. He survived the worst imaginable 9 months earlier. He's lucky to be alive and is grateful.

Dr. Wendy Norman is a holistic healer and chiropractor from Orange County and has been involved with NAP Africa for three years.  Since her involvement, Dr. Wendy has effectively introduced the use of alternative medicine and nutrition as a supplemental solution to the dismal availability for medical care in Zimbabwe.  In 2008, Dr. Wendy and NAP Africa were successful in delivering over ONE TON worth of nutritional supplements and medical supplies to the NEW Jabulani Wellness Center and continues to bring these supplies each year.  She has facilitated a structure to service hundreds of women, children, and men through medial/wellness clinics and by teaching educational classes on hygiene, nutrition, and common diseases.

For more information on Dr. Wendy Norman – http://www.bodyelectrictoday.com

Dr. Wendy Norman assessing and treating what she can of the 90 patients lined-up to be checked today. This little guy has abdominal pains, common amongst the malnourished.

 

 

 

The mission objectives include: an eight day medical clinic/wellness center in the Ndebele village, Further improve the organization and regularity of some services at the Wellness Center, meeting and traveling with UNICEF members in attempts to set up a mobile HIV clinic, meet with local hospital officials with the intention to pursuae providing medical support for the rural villagers,  to meet and spotlight key stake-holders, record and document the continuing struggles of one of the poorest and challenging countries in the world.  The mission will also follow up with ongoing projects like the construction, irrigation and working of a new community garden, the windmill/water pump project for obtaining potable water, the progress and needs of the Jabulani preschool and secondary schools, and to asses and encourage new projects like the village chicken run.

 

Todd Puchalski guides villagers in adequate washing and hygiene with minimal water use and without contaminating their small home source, a bucket carried miles in the sand.

Boar Hole #114 Windmill in place and pumping fresh water. Issues are: 1) Periods of no wind. 2) Currently NO manual pump. 3) Many people from miles around use this pump. There are many broken, and few with windmill powered pumping.

 

Teaching skills and providing resources to help them help themselves. Community and sustainability are essential in survival.

Todd Puchalski and Dr. Wendy Norman are seeking your support! Working with NAP Africa is completely a volunteer position and each traveler is solely responsible for funding his/her travel expenses. Nothing is for free, and this does not generate revenue. It is essential to obtain involvement of local donors and sponsors in support of such ongoing and long term humanitarian efforts, especially when many are merely struggling to survive and we are their few or only hope.  You don’t have to go to Africa to make a global impact, just become involved and help others actively executing on the ground campaigns.  A small effort can go a long way in providing what we all deserve as human beings – access to medical care, nutritious food, clean water, safety, shelter, and a sense of community and love…

Your tax-deductible donation will directly impact this mission and every dollar you give makes a difference.  Donations for this mission will help transport 150lbs of custom made multi-vitamins and natural medicines to the Jabulani Wellness Center, provide basic hygiene tools for many people, assist in medical treatments, and much more…

Poster for NAP awareness by Todd Puchalski. Featuring Bew Johnson, Krawlhead for Boar Hole #114.

To find out more about the Ndebele Art Project, log onto www.napafrica.org

Text by: Wendy Norman DC & Todd Puchalski M.Ed.

All Images by Todd Puchalski copyright 2009

Thank You!

NAP Custom Wine Label

Here is the beautiful Wine Label I created in Conjunction with Jon Carter of  www.cartershop.com for our Humanitarian Mission July, 2010 Fundraiser. There are 3 bottles of Chardonay left, but we can always order another case. Cab and Merlot also available. They Don’t suck, that’s for sure. ;) ~

Actual Wine Label Image. Pre-printed of course. Bew Johnson, Krawlhead Boar Hole #114 of the Jabulani Village. Portrait photography and design by Todd Puchalski.

 Only 12 in exhistance and very clean. Labeled Wine from Talmage Vineyards in Sonoma County, California. Courtesy of www.ocwineparties.com and Jon & Christy Carter.

Actually Bottle with Wine Label. Very nice and fully professional. Quality wine, and label. Proceeds benefit NAP Africa and the Villagers of Sub-Saharan Africa.