On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 10-12, an unusually wonderful guest is coming to the North Fork Valley.
• On Friday evening, August 10 at 7:30 pm Chido will be speaking at the Blue Sage. She will talk about her life as an AIDS orphan and her plans to establish a Center For Hope where she will teach AIDS orphans life skills to help them rise out of victimhood. She is a compelling speaker with a fascinating past and a brilliant dream for the future. Suggested donation is $5-50.
• On Saturday morning from 9-1, Chido will be giving a talk at the Paonia Library on how to grow mushrooms from local waste materials. Suggested donation is $25.
• On Saturday afternoon 1-4, and Sunday, August 11-12) Chido will be teaching a hands-on course about growing mushrooms. Each participant will come with two bags of waste material from their residence/farm and go home with a bag each of shitake and oyster mushrooms. Enrollment is limited. To register contact Jon Schulz at 527-5809 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Fee is $45 plus a materials fee.
• At all events we are encouraging generous philanthropic donations. Every single dollar collected will go to the building of Chido’s Center For Hope.
Chido Govera became the head of her household at age 7 when her mother died of AIDS. Even with dropping out of elementary schools, she was barely able to find food enough to feed her brother and grandmother, and rarely was she able to avoid the abuse, both physical and sexual, of her uncles. At age 11 Chido won a scholarship to learn how to grow mushrooms and her life changed. She now had a means for food and income, as well as a perspective of how to climb out of the victimhood of being an AIDS orphan.
Chido has become a renown world teacher of how to grow mushrooms out of locally available waste materials. She has taught her skills in South America, India, Europe and Africa. Her life passion is to start a Center For Hope in Zimbabwe where she will teach AIDS orphans life skills, such as mushroom growing, permaculture techniques, etc., including how to surround themselves with non-abusive people.
There are 50 million orphaned children in Sub-Saharan Africa. In her mission statement for her Center For Hope, Chido states: “It only makes sense to start encouraging these millions of children to start doing something for themselves.”