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JAN 21 2013

MozCause friends and followers,

We are thrilled with the amount of friends that our small organization has made in 2012, and we look forward to meeting new ones in 2013. The New Year is sure to bring new milestones for our operation in Banhine National Park, Mozambique.

Roofless School
The wet season is upon the beautiful east African country, and we eagerly await the dry winter to begin construction on the missing roof (Our summer is their winter; Confusing, I know). This means a trip to Mozambique for myself and perhaps another MozCause volunteer. The trip will be thoroughly documented, and we look forward to reporting our findings to our loyal followers.

As always, we encourage our followers to email us with any questions, comments, or words of inspiration you may have. We’re always looking to make new friends. We leave you with a quote from the eminent biologist and human nature scholar, EO Wilson:

You are capable of more than you know. Choose a goal that seems right for you and strive to be the best, however hard the path. Aim high. Behave honorably. Prepare to be alone at times, and to endure failure. Persist! The world needs all you can give."

Todd Amacker
Director, MozCause

OCT 20 2012

Dear MozCause  followers,

As the wet season approaches in southern Mozambique, the window for construction in 2012 has closed. Rain makes remote dirt roads a nightmare, and, especially when trucks are loaded with building materials hauled in from elsewhere, travelling on them can become dangerous.

Fortunately, the MozCause team remains undeterred, and our unwavering dedication to our project in Mozambique remains intact. Though we insist that a Mozambican builds the missing roof, our efforts to locate a truly ‘local’ builder were blemished by the fact that no skilled builders reside in or near the village of Mafacitela, so we are forced to cast our net wider.

The team has also been busy finding new ways to raise money, which remains an exceptional challenge in today’s economy. With money raised for the roof, along with money trickling in for the fresh water well, we have a good lead on raising money for our next project; a brand new school house to accompany the original.
Please stay tuned for more updates and be sure to tell your friends about MozCause. As always, e-mail a team member with any questions you may have.

We’d love to hear from you!

Todd Amacker
Director, MozCause

JUN 25 2012

Welcome to MozCause.org. We are thrilled that our friends and followers from all over the globe have helped us to raise more than $7,000 to rebuild the roof on a small primary school in rural Gaza Province, Mozambique! School children in the village of Mafacitela will soon experience the basic luxury of learning in a comfortable classroom. The smiles on the faces of village locals said it all when they were told that the funds have been raised for the project.

Though a roof over their heads will surely go a long way in making their lives just a little bit easier, access to clean drinking water is still a major issue. Surveys from 45 developing countries show that women and children bear the primary responsibility for water collection in the vast majority of households (76%). This is time not spent working at an income-generating job, caring for family members, or attending school.

Now you can help. MozCause is now raising money to build a well in the remote village of Mafacitela. As always, no donation is too small or insignificant. It’s a must that we get as many people involved in this project as possible. Furthermore, we have insisted on total transparency during the fundraising process. Our fundraiser, found at http://www.indiegogo.com/mozcause?a=762874, will not go away until a well is built. Any one of our team members is available at any time, without question, to answer any question you have about the project.

Thank you for visiting the site, and tell your friends!

Todd Amacker,
Director, MozCause

MAR 25 2012

Dear friends and followers of MozCause,

It has been more than a year since the idea for this project was dreamed up. The world economy has seen better days, and progress has been slow, but we are steadily nearing the opportunity to send our first batch of money to Africa. We have been dreaming about the day when the school will no longer be roofless, and we are excited to say that this day is coming soon!

We would like to thank all of our followers for spreading the word about our project. You’re advice and words of encouragement are well received as we make a push to achieve our goals in Banhine National Park, Mozambique. The plight of the local people continues to inspire us in our efforts, and we hope that the public’s interest in our project continues to grow.

MozCause has many more projects to raise money for after the roof is complete, including a dorm for teachers and volunteers, a vegetable garden, and a third classroom. So if you are interested in donating, and haven’t yet, the time is now! No amount is too small. Please remember to e-mail any of our members in the “team” section of www.mozcause.org if you have any questions or wish to contact us personally for any reason.

Remember to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Thank you for reading, and hope to hear from you!

Todd Amacker,
Director, MozCause

JAN 19 2012

Hello, and thank you for visiting the site. As we like to keep our followers informed of all the moves we’ve been making, here is an update of the latest happenings. All of us at MozCause have been closely following the Greg Carr Foundation’s extraordinary restoration of Gorongosa National Park in central Mozambique. We ‘look up’ to the project as a big brother, and are thrilled that their philosophy runs in line with ours.

This philosophy involves using an area’s natural environment to improve an area’s economic status, including its educational and medical facilities, while also restoring the surrounding ecosystem. The EO Wilson Foundation has helped with advising the Carr Foundation on the biological and ecological side of the project.
It may take years, possibly a lifetime to achieve such a feat in Banhine National Park, but we continue to be sure of one thing; Mafacitela Primary School needs improvements if we are to provide a safe, happy, and clean learning environment for its pupils. We have contacted several architects to design renderings for our missing roof, and look forward to the result of their creativity, ingenuity, and passion to help others. The rainy season near the Limpopo watershed makes it nearly impossible for construction to commence, so we await the dry season in the month of April to consider carrying on.

Thanks again for visiting the site. The following links provide info on the restoration of Gorongosa National Park:
http://www.carrfoundation.org/
http://www.wilsonloe.com/index.html
http://www.gorongosa.net/

Check out our links to Facebook and Twitter!

Todd Amacker
Director, MozCause

JAN 4 2012

Welcome to MozCause.org and thanks for visiting! Hopefully you were steered here by a friend of MozCause or caught wind of our project on one of our social media outlets. Either way, we appreciate you taking the time to sneak a peek. As you may know, we are in the middle of MozCause's year-end pledge drive. We understand that not everyone is swimming in money, yet we believe that everyone can afford a contribution that is appropriate for their budget, no matter what the amount!

Please keep in mind that all of your contributions will go toward carrying out our mission in rural Mozambique. This mission includes revitalizing the school's derelict and ill-maintained facilities, creating and implementing an environmental education initiative, and delivering benefits to the local community through project MozCause. Thank you to those of you who have already contributed, and if you haven't yet, what are you waiting for?!

Thanks for visiting the site, and remember, "Moz" rhymes with "Cause"!

Sincerely,
Todd Amacker
Director, MozCause

MAR 21 2011

First of all, I'd like to say 'thank you' for visiting the site. The project is moving forward, and MozCause is taking steps to become a real live non-profit organization! Our friend Wright Moulton of Moulton McEachern & Walker, along with his long-time legal assistant, Debra Bass, have agreed to represent MozCause in making it happen. Are you interested in hearing all the legal jargon? I thought you'd never ask.

We have decided to first form our organization into an LLC, or a limited liability company. In order to part from the category of a "private holding", we will then seek designation as a Public Charity, in order to allow donations from the general public. After that is achieved, it is necessary for us to establish conformity with an IRS clause that allows us to legally raise money in the USA and then send it overseas (in our case, Mozambique). 

Now you know what we've been up to the last few months! Any questions? Please e-mail me at toddamacker@mozcause.org. Stay tuned for more updates. Don't forget to tell your friends.

Sincerely,

Todd Amacker
Director, MozCause

JAN 27 2011

The project begins...

Local Children
Local Children

From the moment I decided to take on this project, I knew it would be a lot of work. I wasn’t certain what to expect, and I’m still not certain what the future holds, but nobody starts something from scratch knowing all the solutions to every little challenge.The first thing I would like to say is how proud I am of the Pensacola community. It is unbelievable to see how positive everyone is about the project.  It feels good to get so much support from old friends, even after I have been gone for a few years.  It’s uplifting to see the amount of people I’ve seen approach me with ways they can help (whether its money, supplies being donated, or just moral support).

With the website up, and with donations coming in (thanks everyone!), it’s exciting to know that I can soon turn all of my brainstorming into a reality. This website is meant to give everybody a glimpse into not only my life in Mozambique, but, more importantly, a glimpse into the work in progress of Escola Primaria de Mafacitela.

Roofless School
Roofless School

Once I have:
a)
registered my cause as a non-profit organization and
b)
raised enough money for goal #1 (new roof for the school), off to Mozambique I go! After that point, keep visiting the website for updated photos of the school. Thanks for visiting MozCause.org. Tell your friends.

Sincerely,

Todd Amacker
Director, MozCause