Two newsletters one month apart, that must be real news! That is also true!
The first news is that the House of Life is fortunately open again. It has received the official health certificate from the Ministry of Tourism since this week. It indicates that the House of Life meets all new requirements and rules regarding the prevention of the spread of the corona virus set by the Ministry and which hotels must meet in order to reopen to receive guests.
The second news is to tell you how successful and heartwarming The Week of Abydos 2020 has been in the Netherlands. Despite and perhaps thanks to the corona crisis, it turned out to be a wonderful week in which not only the education project with two children could be extended to now 32 children, but it also appeared from scratch it seemed, a completely new project.
Those who really know the village of Abydos from the inside know that there are several families living there under hard circumstances that they deserve extra support. Every day we see on TV how the economic consequences of the corona pandemic are currently affecting countries worldwide. It is always the families who have already a had time who are first hit and who immediately experience the consequences. Similarly in Abydos. There is suffering in silence because there is shame. In silence they hope for help from the immediate environment in anonymity.
It is often the families consisting of sick parents, widows and their children who cannot rely on the income of a spouse. Poverty, health problems and the often long-term concerns of making ends meet are the breeding ground for depression, which often results in the feeling that they have become second-class citizens.
As Foundation House of Life, we have been intensively addressing this in the past two weeks. Structural solutions are not readily available. This requires long-term social assistance projects. What is possible is to offer immediate help to meet the basic necessities of life. We did that and it is almost magical how it all went.
We are a little quiet. We are silent out of wonder, almost speechless, and we are silent out of a deep sense of gratitude. What recently came to be born as a project born almost like a flash of lightning out of nowhere but out of a deep urge that this had to be done, it seems to be a project that is entirely revered by you. Thanks to your donations and cooperation, the counter shows that the Foundation House of Life Abydos can already let participate 12 families in the “Bread to Share” project not until the end of this year, but until the end of June next year! Incredibly beautiful!
For those who don't know yet. The Bread to Share project is a project that ensures that very poor families from Abydos, mostly widows with their children and families with sick parents, are provided with the flour that can be used to bake the daily bread. A 50 kg bag of flour costs around $ 12 or € 11, - . This allows these families to bake their bread for two weeks.
What is going on now shows that we can carry each other worldwide. That we can build a better world together. Don't think, "Poverty and shortages will never happen to me!" It can happen to you and it can just happen to you! Life with her circumstances can strike mercilessly! If at those moments when you really don't know what to do, people are there who want to help you, then that is a blessing without shame because Sharing of the Bread will provide on a completely different level a creation power that is unparalleled! A creative force that comes from all of us!!
We are a little quiet. We are silent out of wonder, almost speechless and silent out of a deep sense of gratitude that we are all working together on “Bread to Share”.
The Foundation House of Life Abydos ensures that every grain of wheat that is harvested finds the right soil for a better life. Every € 11 ensures that an Egyptian family in Abydos has “Bread to Share” for over two weeks.
St. Foundation House of Life Bank: Rabobank - IBAN: NL 94 Rabo 0111 3988 86 - BIC: RABONL2U - The Netherlands
Thank you Foundation House of Life Abydos.
With this wonderful promotion we close this extra newsletter. The foundation continues to work tirelessly to be there for the poor inhabitants of Abydos. Please keep an eye on the website. In the coming period we will be working on our Foundation House of Life donation button to make donating even easier and we will publish an overview of the projects that we as a foundation would like to dedicate ourselves to and in which the families from Abydos can participate in.