A Drumheller charity that helps poor children of AIDS families in Honduras is looking for some help this summer.
Volunteers from the Morgan Jayne Project will be handling concessions for musical concerts at the Passion Play site in August.
"We'd really like to have a bit of an emergency fund," explained volunteer coordinator Paula Peake. "This is Honduras: there are hurricanes, there are natural disasters, all that kind of stuff; we try to put every possible cent into the program (and) that doesn't leave us with any ability to have an emergency fund at all."
The foundation was formed in 2006 to help purchase formula for the babies of women with AIDS on the Honduran resort island of Roatan. Since then, it has expanded to include the Charmont School to educate children who can't attend public schools because they have HIV.
"Most of these children in our project, the only meal of their day is at this school, and it's really hard to educate children who have no food," outlined Peake. "If I go a whole day without food we get 'hangry,' but if they go to school on Friday they don't eat until Monday again, quite often."
"If you're ever fortunate enough to go there and you say you're from Drumheller, almost everybody there will know where Drumheller is, we have an amazing, really good reputation down there," remarked Peake. "They cannot believe that people from so far away, who really have no ability to even see the project there, care so much."
If you can volunteer with the Morgan Jayne group in August, call Paula Peake at 403-820-0766. To make a donation of money or formula, contact Fred Makowecki at 403-823-8082 or follow this link.