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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

West of Bathurst 856

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Hi, everybody. A friend of mine has sent out the following appeal, and I thought I would just repeat it here:

Many of you may have heard me mention the small Kenyan NGO (SYSC) I've been involved with since first visiting it in 2002. They provide essentially the only services for a very poor slum in Nyeri, Kenya. Their work includes housing and educating orphans, feeding street children, urban agriculture, sports programs, business training and HIV/Aids education and support services (among many others things). They've been working hard to develop a skills training program to give people the skills necessary for long term economic stability. I've visited them twice and been involved in small ways since 2002 and am very impressed by the people and the work they do.

Funding is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain in the current economic environment, but we have a really neat opportunity. We've been accepted by, a fundraising website that connects small charities with potential donors. We have until the end of April to raise $4000 from 50 different donors, specifically targetting the skills training work. If we do that, we can stay on the site permanently, which provides an opportunity for long-term funding. It's been wonderful to see the early response, but it's going to be tough to get to 50 donors. If you can help with a donation of any amount, that would be wonderful.

This is the website to donate: kenyan-slum-youth/

This is the organisation's own website:

Thank you for any help you are able to give.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Panel 1: Marie is huddled on her futon, crying into her knees. Evil Marie sits beside her.

Evil Marie: So the Ursula chick tells you something you don't want to hear, and you storm home to bawl out a piece of your id.

Marie: Shut up.

Panel 2:

Evil Marie: Why are you freaking out about this? Is it so surprising that Casey has been playing you?

Marie: He's not playing me!

Panel 3:

Evil Marie [throws up her hands]: Ah, I're in denial. Is it lovely there at this time of year? Are there many crocodiles?

Panel 4:

Marie: I am shocked and ashamed that my subconscious is capable of a pun as bad as that one.

Evil Marie: You should be. That was pretty appalling.

Alt-Text: Puns that are not appalling do not truly count as puns.

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