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April 10, 2009                             Issue No. 3 ~
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In this issue
April 2009 Indianapolis Monthly Mentions Our Wheelchair Project in Cover Story
LifeNets Hosts Rotary Outbound Group Study Exchange Going To Africa May 1st
Dental Office Shipped to El Salvador
Boot Scoot for LifeNets Scholarships in Ft. Worth, Texas
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It's been a joy to see LifeNets volunteers working together to provide practical support for people in developing countries. This helps people become self-sustaining and makes them able to pass the benefit on to their families, church and community.

LifeNets works primarily in the African countries of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa and Ghana. In Europe we have have various projects in Ukraine (Chernobyl and Transcarpathia) and help with an alcohol abuse program for teenagers in Estonia.

Our programs help with everything from livelihood development, agriculture, cattle, water and habitat. But, our number one program is educational scholarships. These provide a lifetime of returns by giving a young person a profession that continually gives back. On our Web site at www.lifenets.org/scholarships you will read and see many happy outcomes. This is one area that we will regularly feature in this newsletter.

We have a unique wheelchair program that we operate in the United States called The Wheelchair Project. We have matched hundreds of people with wheelchairs who cannot afford mobility with those who have an unneeded wheelchair.

This regular newsletter will give brief reports about news, current happenings and future plans. Thank you for reading and caring. 
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                                                                     Victor Kubik
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Indianapolis Monthly mentions The LifeNets Wheelchair Project in
its Cover Article
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 April 2009 issue of Indianapolis MonthlyIn the April 2009 issue of Indianapolis Monthly, The LifeNets Wheelchair Project is mentioned on page 63 in its cover article "How to Get Rid of Stuff:"

"No use spinning your wheels. Donate. The Indianapolis based LifeNets Wheelchair Project matches available wheelchairs with people in need throughout the country via an online data base. The organization accepts all types of wheelchairs in usable condition." 

On page 113, in a list of places to donate to, our telephone number and Web site for LifeNets is given. We're grateful for this kind of publicity as it reminds people that we need wheelchairs. Right now we have two people waiting for every available wheelchair. See our site at www.lifenets.org/wheelchair.  We also have a dedicated Web site where you can list or request wheelchair at www.http://lifenetswheelchairproject.

We have also received coverage in the national media for the The Wheelchair Project in  in Real Simple magazine as well as the LIFE section of USA Today. 
 
Remember, if you don't have use for wheelchairs and would be willing to donate it, please let us know by going to our Web site. We can find a worthy recipient right away. 
LifeNets hosts Rotary Outbound Group Study Exchange to Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique
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Central Indiana's District Rotary's Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team will be going to Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe on May 1 for 30 days. This is an exchange of teams from our District 6560 with African District 9210. They will stay with Rotarian families and interrelate professionally as well as personally. Kokomo Rotarian Steve Currens is the GSE leader. What a great experience! We look forward to meeting the inbound team to visit us from Africa. 
 Rotary Outbound GSE Team
  GSE Team from left:Dan, Nick,
  Melanie, Steve Currens (team leader), 
  Gina, with Bev Kubik of LifeNets on
  the right.
 

LifeNets invited the GSE team over to for lunch on March 23 to talk about the area they will be going to since we have travelled here many times and a great part of our work is done here. 

We were really impressed by the enthusiasm, interest and desire of these ambassadors to help disadvantaged people in the third and fourth poorest countries inthe world. Two work with Goodwill Industries, one is a forensic DNA analyst and one a photojournalist.  We look forward to hearing good things from them all.

Rotary and LifeNets have worked together for the past ten years. You can see some of that cooperation at the following links:
 
      Purchase of two ambulances for LifeNets clinics in Malawi    http://lifenets.org/malawi/rotaryambulance.htm
Dental Office Shipped to El Salvador
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Dr. Andrew Benedetto in Palmdale, California, donated two dentist's chairs in Dental Equipment Shipped to El Salvadorexcellent condition with their related equipment to LifeNets. We decided to send them to El Salvador where we had already helped establish a practice in 2001 run by some of our early scholarship students. This practice provides a portion of their work as a community service.

Larry Greider of Los Angeles helped coordinate; Ward Opichka in Glendale crated the chairs and Doug Maidwell in Toronto, Ontario, Canada shipped them. They arrived safe and sound in El Salvador. You may see some of our earlier stories about helping with dental students in El Salvador at http://www.lifenets.org/centralamerica2001/dental.htm 
You can read a more complete description of this story at
Boot Scoot for LifeNets Scholarships in Ft. Worth, Texas 
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Soundpost Band Performs at the Boot ScootThe 2nd Annual Boot Scoot benefiting the Developing Nations Scholarship Fund was held on January 10th in Fort Worth!  Delicious barbecue beef ribs were served to 100 guests before the silent auction and dance with music generously provided by Soundpost. The silent auction, raffle, and ticket sales along with separate donations netted approximately $5000 for the scholarship fund. For a complete report about the Boot Scoot along with photos, please go to our Web site at

http://lifenets.org/bootscoot/index2009.htm

 

Next year's Boot Scoot is scheduled for January 9, 2009.  Web site: 
www.bootscoot.org.
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