I’m blown away! I sent a newsletter yesterday highlighting some of the projects we are trying to complete at Rapha Community Center and in just about 24 hours we’ve raised over $2,000!!! THANK YOU! I can’t tell you how exciting it is to open my email to see positive news. There are so many needs, and it’s difficult to prioritize when everything seems like a priority. On Wednesday, the volunteers had the chance to speak with Rose (the children’s home manager), about the various needs we have in the home. We need new mattresses, bedding, new school shoes, more beds, etc. etc. We still have to go through the needs for the school, construction projects and farm. It’s overwhelming!
For now, we’ll focus on completing as many projects as we can. Our goal is to complete the following:
Planting 2,000 trees around the property: $215
Building a cow shed: $450
Installing a biogas system: $2,000 (We’ve raised the money for this project!)
Painting and finishing of the girl’s dormitory: $1,000
Construction of a new office for the Rapha Secondary School. (We’ve raised the money for this project!)
I’m so thankful to the team of volunteers that are spending time with our children and sharing photos and news of our work with friends and family. When they first arrived, I explained how important it is for us to expand our network of supporters. Thankfully, they have agreed to help as much as they can, and clearly it’s working. I’ve compiled some materials to help them as they share. One was a donation comparison to help people understand that every little bit counts. For example:
A $10 donation could buy a chicken, 2 mattresses and 1 bag of cement for our construction projects.
A $25 donation could buy 1 bucket of paint or provide fresh fruit for a month.
A $35 donation could buy 1 large bag of maize (we use 12 per month), buy school supplies needed for a month.
A $65 donation could buy 1 large bag of beans (we use 3.5 per month).
A $100 donation could buy a large truck of ballast (gravel used in our construction).
A $250 donation could buy a large truck of sand (used in construction) or pay school fees for our children for 1 term.
Every little bit does count. I promise! Please consider donating to one of our projects. You can donate
online at our secure PayPal site. You can also send checks made payable to HEAL: 8 Court St. Rutland, VT 05701.
All I can say is thank you, thank you on behalf of the children who will have brighter futures because of your support.
Until next time,