We, at Hope for Limpopo, cherish the many friends we have made from all over the world. We were extremely concerned when we heard of the devastation that occurred on St John, US Virgin islands as a result of category 5 Hurricane Irma which hit St John with 150 mph winds.
St John was the location for two generous fundraisers spearheaded by our dear friend, Cristina Kessler. One Magical Evening held in 2013 and Another Magical Evening held in 2014 raised over $20,000 for Hope for Limpopo Inc. 100% of the money raised was used to sponsor numerous school children, create workshop opportunities for our HIV+ students and provide seed money to begin the VMS school building addition. Untold numbers of children and families were touched by the generosity of the St John residents.
Cristina is an Author, Photographer, World Traveler, Teacher, Mentor, Philanthropist and most importantly, our Friend. She and her husband Joe are safe but report that the island is destroyed and will take untold months to repair and replace. Homes, businesses, possessions, livelihoods and even lives were lost. Sadly, Cristina suffered a significant knee injury in the aftermath and will seek treatment stateside as soon as they are able to leave the island, but she and Joe are “safe”.
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