Ecuador: New Regulations = New Concrete Equipment

In 2018, the Aida Leon project will break ground in Ecuador! However, new building codes and government regulations will not allow us to mix concrete by hand, as teams have done for the last 17 years in the traditional building style of Quito. SIFAT Ecuador’s engineer, Edwin Contreras, told us that inspectors were enforcing these new rules and even requiring some buildings to be torn down because of a lack of compliance. While it is the improving codes that are requiring the new equipment, we know many of our team members are excited about how much easier preparing concrete to pour columns will be!

Because of new building codes, SIFAT Ecuador must buy a concrete mixer and vibrator before the first mission team to Aida Leon arrives in February.


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Kick Off the Giving Season with #GivingTuesday 2017

#GivingTuesday is Nov. 28!


It’s #GivingTuesday time once again! Please save the date for Nov. 28 to participate in this global holiday that celebrates generosity and kindness by giving to nonprofit organizations, such as SIFAT. Just as Black Friday and Cyber Monday kick off the holiday buying season, #GivingTuesday starts the giving season, reminding us what this time of year is truly about! Isn’t it exciting to be part of something greater than ourselves when we join together to give back!

For the fifth consecutive year, SIFAT is participating in #GivingTuesday. It’s the perfect time to take a break from the hustle of holiday shopping and embrace the spirit of giving! A group of dedicated SIFAT donors set up a matching fund of $35,000 to double your gift! The “rules” for #GivingTuesday are the same as last year. When you make an online donation at any time on November 28, your contribution will double because of the generosity of our SIFAT donors — up to the first $35,000 that we raise!

How to participate:

  1. Donate online through The Advance: We are asking donors to use our Advance #982812 page* to give, so that 100% of each donation goes to our general fund because the credit card processing fees are covered by The Advance. Simply click the large, red GIVE NOW button on the right side of the page.
  2. Donate online through our website: You can also donate directly to SIFAT on our website (www.sifat.org/donate). Click on the donate button, which will take you to our PayPal page. Remember, Southern Institute for Appropriate Technology is our legal name, so your donation will come to SIFAT.
  3. Donate by check: Mail your contribution to 2944 County Road 113, Lineville, AL 36266. Please designate #GivingTuesday on the memo line, and make sure we receive it on or before Nov. 28.

Last year, SIFAT supporters raised a total of $78,482.50 on #GivingTuesday. Help us reach our goal of $100,000 this year! Thank you for your faithful support to SIFAT and for doubling your impact by making a generous gift on Nov. 28. Please share this information with your friends and family to encourage them to give to SIFAT on #GivingTuesday!

Grace and peace,
Tom Corson
Executive Director

*The Advance is an official program of The United Methodist Church for voluntary, designated, second-mile giving. Each Advance project has been vetted and approved by Global Ministries and Advance staff.

         

Arrangements for David Bryson

It is with heavy hearts that we share the loss of one of our close SIFAT family members with you. David Bryson, husband of international training director Kathy Corson Bryson, died this past Friday. A second memorial service is being held Sunday, March 19, at 2 p.m. at Auburn UMC Founders Chapel. Visitation time will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to SIFAT may be made in David’s memory.

Please join us in remembering David’s work with SIFAT through the years and in praying for Kathy and their four daughters: Brianna, Jennessa, Luci and Evie.

To read David’s obituary: http://www.sprywilliams.com/…/OurObituaries/tabid/80/id/173

Merry Christmas from SIFAT!



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Shop with SIFAT for the Holidays!  

As you start shopping this holiday season, please remember SIFAT! We have several ways you can help SIFAT during this holiday season of giving while checking names off of your holiday list. 

Visit the SIFAT Village Store online

 

Find unique gifts for your friends in family at the SIFAT Village Store. From books by SIFAT co-founders Ken and Sarah Corson and SIFAT t-shirts to Christmas angels and jewelry, the SIFAT Village Store lets your purchase impact others throughout the world. Proceeds from each purchase benefit SIFAT and those with whom we serve. Our online selection is limited, but if there are items you have seen in the store, email villagestore@sifat.org. If you are local and would like to come shop, call Marie or Peggy at 256.396.2015 to schedule a time.

 

The SIFAT Village Store promotes family businesses and cooperatives. Proceeds from sales directly benefit SIFAT!

Raise money for SIFAT when you shop online.

 

Did you know thousands of retailers will donate a percentage of your purchase to SIFAT? Use one of the services below and choose SIFAT as your charity. You will be redirected to your favorite store’s site to shop as usual. When you check out, the retailer sends a percentage to SIFAT, but you are not charged extra! Often special coupons codes are also available for your use on GoodSearch and iGive.

 

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Because of SIFAT supporters, Dr. Rebeca not only graduated high school, but furthered her education to become a dentist! She has joined Dr. Ruth Noemi to serve the Bolivian people in Quesimpuco and the surrounding communities as they implement a public health initiative.

Nontraditional Christmas Presents

 

In lieu of a traditional Christmas present, why not give your friends and family gifts that impact others throughout the world?

  • Purchase a Commemorative Brick at SIFAT
  • Make a donation to SIFAT in honor or in memory of someone — remember to include the name and address to whom we should send an acknowledgment

 

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During 2016, SIFAT has held training both here in the Alabama and internationally to train community leaders how to meet their basic humans needs and look for available assets that can benefit those with whom they are working.