Here’s what has happened
since the last newsletter:
1. CHRISTMAS: Thanks to the
American Red Cross, Jersey Coast Chapter, we have 1,000
blankets for the children. That’s the good
news! Now, we
have to get them there and the wonderful lady at DHL who was
going to help us quit and took another job! Anyway, Doris at DHL
has given us a wonderful rate (although it’s $6,000 we hadn’t
planned on spending!). Blankets were picked up Tuesday,
the 18th and will be delivered directlry to the school.
Our trip will be November 28 to December 4.
Frank and Elly DaLotto will NOT be going on the Christmas
trip. Sad for
both us and them.
for the t-shirts is going slower than planned so Tara Kelly,
Red Cross CEO, and I have decided that we will have Christmas
in July which will give us more time to raise the money and
produce the shirts.
It will also give us time to check out prices in Masaka
and Kampala, thereby eliminating the shipping expense and, on
the positive side, providing economic impact for the
has found 3-4 acres of land for 8,000,000 schillings (I have
asked him to bargain it down … surprise). I couldn’t take the
money out of the orphan fund. Put out a plea and two
“angels” came to our rescue and provided the money. Eileen Turcotte and
her partner, John Tessel, have given the money so we can buy
the land and use it for growing produce for the children and
the school. Thank
you, Eileen and John, for your kind, generous and giving
5. SPONSORSHIP OF
you have received a renewal letter, please send your sponsorship
dollars … whether credit card, monthly allocation or check. We have 267 orphans, less
than 100 are sponsored.
And, of course, if you know of anyone who wants to help a
child in need, just have them go to the website and they can select
child sponsorship there.
for the terrific news!
Doug Brown is going to seminar and needs to do an
internship. Guess where
he is doing it! I have
talked with his advisor who has approved the internship; he just
wants to visit and see the work environment. Hope he’s ready for the
“antique-ness”. I love
the carriage house but early 1800’s isn’t a skyscraper! Doug … I am so happy I can
hardly stand it!
Trip: Now, this is shaping up to be something really
wonderful. The dates
are July 26 to July 7.
We will be spending 5 days at the school because we are very
lucky to have Jeroen Mourik coming with us. Jeroen is an internationally
acclaimed dance teacher for children who will be preparing a special
dance with the classes that will be performed on the last day,
hopefully with parents and guardians present. Michele and I will be
working with Geoffrey on logistics when we are there.
if Tiffany Loria of 2Broads Productions gets her way she will be on
the trip as well shooting video for a series on outstanding women
the trip consists of Doug Brown, Claire Sully, Michele and Tony
Costa, Pam Weigle, Kristen Thomas, Vicky Tuccillo, Jeroen
Moerik and me. I
have others on the list (Joe Corpina, Kathy Lockood, Laurene McEneny, Eileen
Turcotte, Therese St. Ong) but these are the ones
that have written and said “Where do I send my deposit”. Still trying to keep the
budget to $3,500 per person and don’t expect that to go
The date seems far off, but in bureaucratic terms, it is
really moving up quickly so I would like to get an idea of who
wishes to join this trip.
If you have gone before … the good news? You don’t have to get
another yellow fever shot!
Just FYI … Michele, Eileen and I have applied for multiple
entry visas. If you
think you will go more than once this is a more cost-effective way
to get your visa.
More after we return! Thanks to all of your for
your interest in, and love for, these children at the Mbiriizi
Advanced. Please keep them in your prayers this Thanksgiving, for
you will certainly be in theirs!