SOURCE: JAM International
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI--(Marketwire - Jun 21, 2012) - Tom and Laurie Cunnington, along with their son Patrick, his wife Dina and 4 grandchildren will travel from Michigan to Johannesburg, South Africa to help with the reconstruction of a child care center located in Orange Farm, South Africa.
The missions trip, called the Cunnington Challenge, is part of an on-going commitment the Cunnington family has made to JAM International, a humanitarian relief organization that has been working in Mozambique, South Africa, Angola, South Sudan and Rwanda for 28 years, feeding and educating over 750,000 children every day. The Cunnington family has been involved in the organization since 1988 and Mr. Cunnington is a board member.
The children, ages 11-18, are the sons and daughters of Patrick and Bill Cunnington and the grandchildren of Tom and Laurie Cunnington. They will participate in a missions trip called the Cunnington Challenge where they will paint the inside and outside of the child care center, rip up old flooring, repair walls and doors and generally make the center brand new.
In addition, the Cunnington Challenge will provide food and education for 75 children for one year. Included in the makeover will be brand new mattresses, blankets, desks, chairs, towels and washcloths and new toys and equipment for the playground.
In Mozambique they will visit the food factory and feeding programs where sons Patrick and Bill first learned about the struggles in Africa over 20 years ago.
"It gives me great pride to show my children where I learned about the needs of other children in the world," said Patrick Cunnington. "My parents taught me the power of giving to the greater community, and now it's my chance to teach my kids the same values I learned growing up."
The Cunnington children plan to keep journals of their adventures and experiences and share them on a facebook page especially designed to highlight their story.
JAM International is a registered, non-profit relief and development organization with 28 years of experience in feeding programs and sustainable development. JAM's programs focus on nutritional feeding, education, provision of water and sanitation and skills development. The organization currently feeds and educates over 750,000 children every day. jamint.com