More Progress on Robin’s Nest

Mark says:

Meanwhile, in Uganda, the burnt brick foundation is going up well on Robin’s Nest. We are still short of some of the money to finish. But it’s getting really very close.

Sorry if my posts are getting repetitive, but I have the flu. And the flu symptoms on top of the side effects of all my other meds are making my eyesight and balance even worse.

On a different note, we are SO proud of our son, Kalimu Bin Bashir. Thanks to Kim Klopstock, he’s become a surgical assistant.


Oct 21 The Inn at Saratoga Great Celebration and Fund Raiser

Meanwhile this is the 175th Birthday of The Inn at Saratoga. For the low, low price of $35 you’ll get to enjoy LOTS of music, nummy light fare, and a cash bar. Best of all, ALL proceeds go The Giving Circle!!!!  This is a huge help to us and great fun for everyone who attends.

Check the announcement and see all the great music on the program.  Check off Oct 21st on the calendar and be there for the start at 5pm.  In fact, be there or be square.

Thank you so much Elizabeth Israel and Israel family.

Musaharaf Mwanje needs a sponsor!

Hi Giving Circle Friends,

Musaharaf Mwanje needs a sponsor, his current sponsor is unable to continue unfortunately.  He is currently in school and we’d love to keep it that way.

Musharraf is under the care of a grandmother following his two parents abandoning him because he is deaf. By looking at his radiating smile, no one can believe that Musharraf has never seen his parents since he was two years. Hamidah, the grand mother has made her grandson feel like everything is ok.

The only source of livelihood to this farming is peasantry farming. Please pass along to anyone you think may be interested!

Musaharaf is deaf so his sponsorship includes travel in addition to school fees, supplies and uniforms at $50/month or $600/year.


Chicks With Sticks Bring Our Thursday Night Outreach Dinner

Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?! That’s what was on tonight’s menu for The Giving Circle Street Outreach gathering. Our meal was completely prepped, cooked and served by Saratoga’s JV field hockey team!!! For sure a feast…. egg strata, pancakes, potatoes, sausage, muffins, yogurt, apple crisp, all so so yummy! We love when friends come and help but we especially love when our younger generation come to help. LOTS and LOTS of laughs. We’re not sure who had more fun: our street friends or the girls. Thanks to all their moms for bringing them to help tonight and especially huge thanks to Frieda for organizing!! Hope all the girls enjoying getting involved and giving back. ❤️❤️❤️ #chickswithsticks #givingback


The 7th and Final Announcement of TGC Compassion Awards: Ed & Lisa Mitzen!

At long last, we’re making the seventh and final announcement of our most wonderful award winners. We are so happy to honor Ed and Lisa Mitzen, recipients of the 2018 Giving Circle Compassion Founders Award for person(s) whose lifetime of action is the embodiment of Compassion. It is terrific to add their names to the list of recipients, which included Sister Charla Commins, Kim Klopstock, and last year’s winner, Jim Towne who’s agreed to serve as one of this year’s co-chairpersons.

Congratulations to Ed and Lisa! Everyone certainly agrees that you and your Fingerprint Marketing are truly exemplars of kindness, compassion and generosity. The Mitzens’ compassion has no boarders and no limit. And it’s always extended in a quiet way, never seeking the spotlight.

Come join us this Nov 29th to honor Ed and Lisa and to meet all 2018 winners of Compassion Awards. You’ll enjoy the company of great people, be presented with wonderful food by Kim Klopstock’s Lily and the rose, and listen to the excellent jazz of Patricia and the Jazz Colleagues…/2018-compassion-awards/

We hope you join us and all the winners on November 29th to give each winner a huge congratulations.




The 6th Announcement of TGC Compassion Award: Alikoba Elizabeth (SHHHH)

Today we announce the sixth name on our list of the 2018 Giving Circle Compassion awards: The Uganda-based Team Member Whose Actions Internationally Display the Embodiment of Compassion ( shhh Congratulations to shhhh Alikiba Elizabeth shhhhh)

BUT shhhhh this is a SECRET, DON’T tell Elizabeth. At this year’s event we will have seven Ugandan’s as special guests. Most will be here, in preparation for establishing our Koi Koi Teachers College, for a teachers conference with elite teachers.

Elizabeth is our lead midwife/ nurse who has change the lives of the people of Kagoma Gate Village, ending deaths from malaria, dysentery, and diarrhea. Villagers no longer die from wounds and infections. She’s also virtually eliminated deaths of mothers and babies during birth.

For six of the seven Ugandan’s coming, this will be their very first visit to the USA and even their first time on a plane. Elizabeth will NEVER suspect that, in addition to that, she will be honored with an award. It will be beautiful to see her face and excitement when her name is called. So, remember shhhh it’s a surprise shhhhh.

Come join us this Nov 29th when we’ll honor Alikoba Elizabeth. You’ll meet her, the other six Ugandans, and all the winners of this year’s Compassion awards.…/2018-compassion-awards/

Then Tuesday we will announce the Winner of The Founders Award for a Life Time of Acts of Compassion. We hope you’ll join us on November 29th to give each winner huge congratulations. And you’ll enjoy great food, terrific music, and the company of some of the kindest people ever.



The 5th Announcement of TGC Compassion Award: Kevin “Wheels” Wheeler

It’s day five and time to announce number five of the seven winners of the 2018 Giving Circle Compassion awards: Today we congratulate Kevin “Wheels” Wheeler, winner of The Serge Shishik Memorial Local Team Member of the Year-Whose Actions Display the Embodiment of Compassion and Who Through Selfless Compassion Most Influenced or Touched People Both in the Saratoga Area and Nationally – Award.

All who know this good man know that, whenever a call goes out asking for help rebuilding homes, he is one of the first in line with his skills and tools. And he always lights up the job site with his huge heart and many jokes, none of which I can use here.

Come join us this Nov 29th to honor Kevin (Wheels) Wheeler and all the winners of Compassion awards.


The 4th Announcement of TGC Compassion Award: Longfellows and the Olde Bryan Inn.

Fourth announced winner of the 2018 Giving Circle Compassion Awards: – the Local Business Whose Actions Display the Embodiment of Compassion. This year we’re honoring Longfellows and The Olde Bryan Inn. These two restaurants, whose actions display their selfless compassion, combine to be the local business that most influenced or touched people of the Saratoga region. We extend heartfelt congratulations to Longfellows and The Olde Bryan Inn.

All who know these two restaurants are aware that, beyond their amazing food, they are remarkable for the great kindness they always show the needy in addition to being invariably ready to provide food and location for charitable events.

Come join us this Nov 29th to honor Longfellows & The Olde Bryan Inn and all the winners of Compassion Awards.…/2018-compassion-awards/

Watch tomorrow and for each of the next three days so you can send congratulations to next announced winner of the TGC Compassion Award.



The 3rd Announcement of TGC Compassion Award: Michael Christopher Orza

 The third winner announcement for the 2018 Giving Circle Compassion awards: TGC US-based Team Member whose Actions Internationally Displays the Embodiment of Compassion – congratulations Michael Christopher Orza , my brother who is always there for us and all we do He shows this commitment for all his causes. + His love for the children of all our projects is amazing; his love for his Veronica boundless. Quick example, whenever I arrive at the Koi Koi house all the kids come running for hugs and Veronica is the first to jump into my arms. But, when Michael is with me, she comes running certainly but right past me into her Michael’s arms. I am clearly second fiddle when Michael is with me.

Come join us this Nov 29th to honor Michael Christopher Orza and his boundless generosity as well all the winners of Compassion awards.…/2018-compassion-awards/ Please get your tickets now.

Watch tomorrow and for each of the next four days so you can send congratulations to the next winner of a Compassion Award.


It’s Thursday, Dinner’s On!

Thursday night street outreach dinner. Thanks to our friends at Abundant Life for providing the wonderful meal tonight. Lots of friends stopped by, even sweet lady Lynnie!

Thanks to Melissa, Patty Riggi, Jack and Jay for being there with the crew. Bummed I missed it!