Man seeks to connect local seniors with African orphans
By Sonia Boin, Frederick News Post - November 11,
Cromwell was on a business trip in Africa when he saw
how dedicated a Zambian farmer is to helping orphaned
The children became orphans when their parents died
of HIV or AIDS. They go to Zambia Hope International
founder Adamson Musonda with nothing.
Zambia Hope works to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS
through teaching responsible behavior to children, and
has provided a local clinic that provides medicine to
18,000 people, according to its website.
Cromwell, president of the Civic Council Inc., a Frederick-based
nonprofit organization, said Musonda tries to give the
children a sense that they can do something with their
life, to make them self-sufficient.
The programs focus on farming and producing food and
money for schools, as well as training the children
for jobs with computers and cars.
"There is a vast pool of need just in Zambia,"
Cromwell said. "The problem will only be solved
when people take responsibility for the problems in
their country. You would have to be made of stone not
to want to help."
Cromwell was so impressed by the success and dedication
of Musonda that he's starting a Frederick County chapter.
It will be called Hope Mountain Foundation.
Participants are already collecting used computers
to send to the schools in Zambia, as well as money to
support the programs.
Also under way in Frederick, at the new Senior Resource
Center at 1780G North Market St., is a program that
connects seniors here to the orphans in Africa.
Cromwell is hoping to collect signed Christmas cards
from Frederick residents that will be delivered to the
children in hopes of starting pen pal relationships.
The seniors and the children can benefit each other.
"It's a huge thing for the children to receive
cards from America," he said.