Peace and Love!
Quick report back:
Bags of Joy has been quite the project! Never in my wildest dreams did I think that shipping these bags filled with so many awesome goodies for the street children would be such a ride. The bags took over 10 weeks to arrive in Tanzania. I was long gone when they finally got there. Thankfully they have been stored and will be passed out sooner than later. Unfortunately, this will all depend on my being able to get the time off of work, and the finances to get there. I must admit that I was deeply saddened by the fact that they didn't get there on time, but I was reminded that EVERY THING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.
I am in gratitude for your participation in this project, and will keep you updated as I have more information.
"Never let the enemy kill your motivation."
Phase 2 : Complete
GOD HAS EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATION! WE HAVE 100 BAGS TO SHARE WITH THE STREET CHILDREN
OF DAR ES SALAAM AND DODOMA. PLEASE CONSIDER
DONATING TO THE GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN ABOVE TO HELP TRANSPORT THE EXTRA 50 BAGS TO TANZANIA!
You made it all the way to this page because you are interested in making the world a better place. How awesome is that? I love how we can use social media to bring awareness about things happening outside of our immediate neighborhoods.
Bags of Joy: Tanzania Edition is a very special project to me because I will be able to personally give every single bag of joy made to a street child in Tanzania. In a country of over 51 million people, there are over 500,000 street children. These children have been abandoned by their parents and left for the streets to raise them.
I asked my friends to make bags filled with hygienic/school/art supplies and some fun finds. They snapped! My expectation was 50, I now have 100 bags. I set an expectation and God exceeded it. This is just God reminding me that if He gives you a vision he will also provide to make that mission complete and then some.
Currently, I am in the final stages of collecting the 100 bags that my friends and their friends put together. I will be able to see the joy that my family and friends have infused into the bags in the faces/spirits of the children when they open it up and see all of the goodies. My people have written letters and taken a picture so that the child can connect to them. My goal is to take a picture of the children with the bag and send it to the donor.
This is where you come in... Donate and help get these bags to Tanzania next month. Click on the GOFUNDME icon below and share your heart via donation to the street children of the streets of Dar Es Salaam and Dodoma, Tanzania, Africa.
Phase 1 : Complete
Bags of Joy’s mission is to bring JOY from your heart to the children on the streets of Dar Es Salaam and Dodoma in Tanzania, East Africa.
I am truly excited about sharing a vision that was placed in my heart last month. On April 22nd, Earth Day, I saw a vision of a bag filled with all kinds of goodies. Joy overcame me. I knew that this BAG would bring JOY to the street children I will be working with in Tanzania, Africa this summer. Throughout my Global Hip Hop Healing Missions, I have always raised funds in order to do musical/socio-emotional projects with them. This time around I want to make the mission even more intentional and intimate. Sometimes setting up a gofundme.com campaign is impersonal. Don’t get me wrong, it is one of the best fundraising tools out there, it gets the job done, but the people who donate don’t truly get to see or feel what happens on the other side. There is something truly special about being able to connect the donor with the donee. I would like to be the bridge to make this connection happen. I would love to be used as a vessel to bring YOUR Bags of Joy to a child in Tanzania’s streets.
My spirit is inspired by Romans 15:13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." This verse is the reference verse for this project. If you get a chance, please read Romans 15 in its entirety. Breathtaking words of wisdom for this particular movement in my life, hopefully OUR life.
All of this to say… I love you and I trust that your heart is in the right place if you have made it this far on my site. I want you to be a Bags of Joy Leader! If you are interested, please contact me as soon as possible.
Love and Lotza JOY!
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. "
DONATIONS... GLOBAL CITIZENS BACKPACK PARTIES... & JOY!
Brooklyn based Christian Youth Group packing their bags of joy.
I absolutely love my #ForeverFriends ! Their #BagsofJoy will be coming with me to #Tanzania this July. I am in total gratitude for ALL of the support and love that these women have given me during the 20 years of sisterhood. They are always down to rock with me. My friends hearts are aligned with mine. Every single time the #AdoboCrew gets together, we grow closer. Thanks for today's #GlobalCitizensUniteParty . The street children of Tanzania will have a piece of your amazing love and energy!!!
#BagsofJoy #Tanzania #Africa #Hygiene #Fun #School #Supplies for #Streetchildren of #Dodoma and #DarEsSalaam #giveback #TeamAdobo #AdoboCrew http://www.lahtere.com/#!tanzania-edition/xdcty #Romans 15:13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
#BagsofJoy #PeekABoo #TanzaniaEdition #Africa #GiveBack #AdoboCrew #ForeverFriends #GlobalCitizensUniteParty
#BagsofJoy #Tanzania Edition They wrote a quick personal note full of love and joy for the child. #GiveBack #AdoboCrew #wearebettertogether
#BagsofJoy #Tanzania Edition #Africa My sisters with their #BagsofJoy for the street children of #Dodoma and #DarEsSalaam #GiveBack #Hygiene #School #Fun Supplies #AdoboCrew #GlobalCitizensUniteParty #wearebettertogether
#BagsofJoy #Tanzania Edition #Africa #GiveBack End of the night. CHECKLIST COMPLETE. We prayed over the bags, and they are ready for the children. BLESSED BEYOND BELIEF WITH GENEROUS FRIENDS WHOSE HEARTS ARE MADE OF PURE GOLD. #gratitude #excellence #TeamAdobo
#BagsofJoy #TanzaniaEdition #shopping This amazing group of Freshmen and their loving and generous Advisor are donating 20 #BagsofJoy for the street children in Tanzania. In gratitude for where their hearts are positioned. #generous #Ilovemyyouth
Thank you Nita Reyes for participating in #BagsofJoy #TanzaniaEdition . Some cutie is gonna love his bag! God is GREAT! XOXOXOOXOXOXOOXOXOXO
So awesome. My sister @lalucy97 and I were invited to be on @frankfontana #TheFrankFontanaShow on @wgnradio this afternoon. We were on his #WonderWoman segment and we're able to share a bit about our lives as Latina women and where our passions lie. We talked about youth, poverty, violence in Chicago, parenting and international traveling. I got to share about my #BagsofJoy Tanzania Edition with the world. Very dope time and experience. Be LOVE
The Moore- Payne Sisters are at it again! Last year these youngin's helped me sort and organize about 100+ plus sized pants to donate to women that were in need of clothes. This year they are participating in the #BagsOfJoy #TanzaniaEdition movement. SO Blessed to have them in my life.
One of the letters that will go in the #BagsofJoy .
My beautiful niece Emelina Daisy checking off her #BagsofJoy checklist at the Dollar Tree!
Thankful for Nita Reyes and her missional heart. She has a team of 28. Yes 28 bags!!! Check out her seeds writing letters and modeling their #BagsOfJoy. Super Blessed!!!
Nadiya packing her bag of joy for one of the street children in TZ.
Junior's bag is packed and ready to go.
Team Better Together's supplies.
My oldest sister Jeannie putting in the work.
My Taina princess Isabella helping organize.
And we are almost ready to send these bags! <3 www.gofundme.com/bagsofjoytz