to the Lesotho Children's Fund
website for children with AIDS in Africa
In the Beginning In August, 2006,
Dr. Michael Tolle, 37, was one of 50 U.S. physicians being trained as an "international pediatric AIDS corps" for
deployment by the Houston-based Baylor College of Medicine, to Lesotho, Africa. This impoverished country has been devastated
by the AIDS epidemic, with many children being born already carrying the disease.
Please see link to Dallas Morning News
The Lesotho Children's Fund is now expanding to take on a new project - a playground at
the hospital, where the Doctors treat these desperately poor youngsters. Our goal is to raise $30,000, which will be
matched dollar for dollar by the Texas Children's Hospital, which is offering the Lesotho Children's Fund a Matching
Grant. With the generous help of supporters like yourself, we aim to complete the playground by the end of 2008. Who
knows, this could be the first of a series of playgrounds across Africa!
Future announcements will keep you updated on
the progress of our fundraising.
Link....Article about Dr. Tolle.
A letter from Dr. Tolle at Christmas
Sent: Monday, December 18, 2006 1:20 PM
Subject: Christmas in Lesotho
But I wanted to take the time to write you tonight and tell you a most sincere thanks.
you know, Lorena has been giving out the beanies as they come in, but holding a few here and there back to put together with
your Christmas boxes (4 of which came - 2 were kept in Cape Town, no explanation, one being released this week) for Christmas
gift bags for all the kids at the clinic now to Christmas.
They started giving them out today. Folks from the
clinic dressed in the Santa outfits and helped Lorena and others give out the gifts. And they'll be doing this all week.
I'll be in the Santa suit Wednesday on.The reaction from the kids was overwhelming.
This is a deeply troubled
place, with a darkness that pervades everything, doom and despair around every corner. There is little to smile about here,
especially at our clinic, and in the lives of our patients, and don't worry, no one does. There is very little evidence
here that Christmas is around the corner. No happy spirit here.
And this is evidently the way it always is. Not
even the relatively privileged people that work in our clinic have much feeling for Christmas. There is just nothing to
When I write the kids that come to our clinic have nothing, I mean it. They have nothing. And they
get nothing nice, no warm fuzzies. Never a break from all of this. Their lives are day to day survival.
they had Christmas. It was sent from overseas in cardboard boxes, but today it flowed out all over the clinic, out the doors
and up into the bright blue Lesotho sky.
Nurses in Santa hats, doctors, too. Every kid getting a present. Something
kids in Dallas might look cross-eyed at, but that the kids here just adored. Some of the mothers - and these are tough ladies,
hardened by difficult lives - broke into tears. So did some of the staff. It was the first time in everyone's memory
that someone had done something like this for these kids.
These kids sit back and watch every Christmas. But
this year someone was watching them.
And they'll be repeating this every day this week.
you from the bottom of our hearts. If there is a truer meaning to Christmas I'm not sure what it is.
that Bob Geldof song from Live Aid, the one about there won't be snow in Africa this Christmastime...
indeed there won't be snow. But today in Lesotho there was Christmas.
Kudos to you guys. Don't stop sending.
Mike, Lorena, Sebastian, and the BIPAI-Lesotho team
Lesotho children waiting to see the Doctor. Showing off their Easter Beanies we sent.
A special thanks to Pat Curry my friend and puppeteer who designed
the logo for our charity. Grenda Walton
Like the sunflower that always moves towards the sun’s rays,
so shall we move towards helping these children find rays of hope.