Dear Bethany Friends,
Here in America, school vacations are beginning. This time of year
always reminds me of the chant we used as we ran out the doors of Bethel
Elementary: “No more pencils, no more books. No more teachers’ dirty
looks!” We were free to run loose and complain to our parents that
we were bored. Being smart parents, that was their cue to put us
to work hanging laundry or pulling weeds in the garden.
But today, in many other parts of the world, children are running loose
and wishing they could go to school. What’s holding them back?
The causes are many: Extreme poverty, famine, war and exile from their
homes, temporary shelter in “resettlement camps” with only barest
necessities of life. They have no gardens to weed, and getting
water for laundry or anything else can be dangerous or impossible.
Even if schools are available in some form, there may be fees to pay.
Parents who manage to save for them may have no “extra” money for school
supplies. They must decide between educating their children or
feeding them. We can’t solve all their problems, but we can help.
Through Lutheran World Relief, we can send bags filled with the supplies
to get a child started in school. This can make all the
difference, not only to them, but to parents who want their children to
have a chance at a better future. The women of Bethany sent 24
“kits” out into the world last year, and this year we’re hoping to take
40 or more to the distribution center in Zelienople this September. We’re
making the bags, but we need your help to fill them. Each kit must
contain the following items:
(4) FLAT notebooks, approx.. 8”x10.5”, 100 sheets. NO SPIRALS, PLEASE
(1) 2.5” eraser
(1) 30 cm (12”) ruler
(1) Pair blunt end scissors
(1) Box (24 count) crayons
(1) Hand-held pencil sharpener
(5) #2 Pencils, unsharpened
(5) Non-Gel blue or black ink pens
*Cash donations may be given to Sandy Lutz, BLCW treasurer, and will be
used for supplies and shipping expenses.
The children whose needs you will serve have lost so much, or had nearly
nothing to begin with. That’s not their fault! They want to
learn. They need to learn and develop critical thinking skills.
If they can read and write, they will have a better chance to explore
ideas, to decide for themselves what is true and just and to teach
others what they’ve learned. Please help us give them a start
toward this precious goal.
Thank you all for your help!