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Donna Martin

"To give Benon a better life!"

Chesterville, ON., Canada
female, age 60
Speaks: English, French
Joined Nov 2, 2005

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Hi! My name is Donna Martin and I live in the country on 40 acres with my husband, my dogs,cat and a lot of wildlife.I have a small studio in my home and enjoy spending time in it. I love working with different materials from chicken wire to glass. Sometimes even together!! I guess you could say I design and create "Functional Art" Artsy pieces that are meant to be touched  and enjoyed. Right now, I am working on a  indoor and outdoor (garden)  lamp collection. All of my pieces will be available soon at an upcoming auction to raise money for a  very talented young Ugandan artist named Benon.
Here's Benon story and the reason I want to get him to Canada as soon as possible. Born in the home in Uganda with herbal medicines only, he was orphaned by Aids by the age of two. He left his only living relative his grand and went to try to make some money in the city of Kampala for the two of them by the age of 7. With Malaria and barely eating once a day he manage to keep himself alive. His grand insisted that he go back to school and he did get into Art School did great and then went on to an Art teacher degree at Kyambogo U. This is where I come into his life, through a U.K.pen pal website. I was looking for some creative folks to talk to and did not specify any age. I was very surprise to get a letter from such a young boy.To get to the Internet cafe he has to walk 15 km. each way.  we  have been emailing each other everyday for the past 2 years. Talking Arts  and helping him discover his own style. his works are just getting better and better. We even collaborated on a few pieces. By now this young man as become very Dear to my husband and I,the son we never had! He 
  calls me Mom, he got very sick from Malaria after a lot of research I was able to contact a Ugandan Hospital for the right medication for him. He's been fine ever since.For his birthday we sent him some money to get himself a bicycle, he calls it his Mercedes,. He can now ride into the city when it's dry.He did get a job teaching after his course ended, he was teaching 5 classes of 50 students for 4 months at exam time. He never got paid!! He was able to start himself a small cake business for self sufficiency and art supplies. Life is tough in Uganda, the daily events includes riots and tear gas and rebel groups and militia and a corrupt government.This is the reason I want to get the boy here, at least to give him a chance at making something with his Art. I WILL NEVER GIVE UP ON HIM.
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Hometown Temiscaming, Que. 
Birthday May 19, 1959  
About Me Loving, friendly, artistic and a sense of humour.
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My Philosophy If it's something you believe in, don't ever give up!
What Gives Me Hope kindness,friendship,love,caring,dreams and a child's laughter.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by I would start with the ban of the production and distribution of guns and ammunition everywhere!!! I would help Africa in the best way I could.
What/who changed my life and why My husband because he has given me love and support and taught me to be kind and patient. Benon because he has given me the experience of being a mom. And has filled my heart with love.
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