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This Africa Light of Mine
News Release
Friday, June 04, 2010

Local Houston Community Rallying for This Africa Light of Mine
Schools around Houston Donating Used School Supplies for a Good Cause

The founders of This Africa Light of Mine, Garrett and Chari Kauffman became aware of the poor living conditions in the Kawangware slum of Nairobi  because of their business, The Don't Bite Me! Patch, a natural bug repellant patch.  After donating hundreds of patches to this village, the Kaufmann’s realized that they could do something more.  That "something" now includes a mission trip to Africa, filling and shipping a container of school supplies, and raising a substantial amount of money to purchase the land for their school and church. 

Chari Kaufman states, "Our heart was always to help the children in Africa, where one in five children below the age of five die of malaria daily.  Malaria is an entirely preventable disease; however, it is one of the major medical issues in slum areas, along with AIDS and Tuberculosis." 

The community of Pearland has really rallied around the cause.  Five elementary schools and two middle schools in the Pearland School district are participating in a "Recycled School Supply Drive" right now. 

"These children don't even have enough pencils for every student during class.  Why not use the supplies that would be thrown away here to help the children in Africa."  Loretta Wurling, Assistant Principle at Rustic Oak Elementary, got permission from the school district to donate the entire schools reading program textbooks, workbooks and readers since they will be receiving new reading materials in the fall.  Jamison Middle School is also donating the entire culled out library books to the cause.

Support has come from the surrounding community as well.  One teacher from the Alvin Independent School District has brought 4 car loads of supplies she and other Alvin teachers have collected, another teacher at Friendswood Junior High is facilitating collecting supplies there, and a parent from Shadycrest Elementary in Pearland even offered to donate an old computer.  Corrugated Concepts donated over 200 boxes to help collect and send the supplies. 

TO DONATE TEXT POWER1 followed by the dollar amount.

Additional help is still needed.  Sponsors are needed to help ship the container to Africa, volunteers are needed to help load the container and build packing crates, and additional supplies like bulk bags of rice and beans are still needed.  To offer donations or help, please call 713-221-1873.  For more information on the African Community please visit 

Schools participating                                  Corporate Donors

Shadycrest Elementary                               Corrugated Concepts
Challenger Elementary                                 Don't Bite Me! Patch
Carleston Elementary
CJ Harris Elementary
Rustic Oaks Elementary
Jamison Middle School
Alexander Middle School

In addition to This Africa Light of Mine – The Kaufman’s have also started a giving campaign entitled the Power of One, in an effort to get as many American's as possible to donate one dollar towards world poverty.
What if every American would commit to giving one dollar a month to fight world hunger and poverty?  What kind of difference could we make together? 

What can a dollar do in America?   
                     What can a dollar do in Africa?

1.   Sit on your dresser as change                          Pay for a doctor’s visit

2.   Get lost in the bottom of your purse                 Purchase Malaria Vaccine for 3 people

3.   Buy a pack of gum                                        Feed one child 3 meals

4.   Buy an inexpensive cup of coffee                     Buy pants, a shirt, & underpants for a child

5.   Buy a small French Fry                                   Buy enough water for a family for a week

About This Africa Light of Mine 

This Africa Light of Mine was founded in 2009 to help needy and impoverished children in Africa, specifically the slums of Kenya.  We offer financial and material support to provide education and training to the residents of this impoverished area, with the specific goal of giving them hope and a sustainable future.  

Remembering Jim Guidry

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