Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
We're off to Nepal, primarily to try and get a new visa for return to India. Due to changes in Visa Laws in India there may be a 2-month gap before we're allowed to return. If this is the case we will probably have a bit of a look-see around Kathmandu & Pokhara but then head to a more tropical climate to satisfy Miriam's preferences for warmth.
We're taking our laptop with us so you'll be able to keep abreast of the situation by checking our blog. We head off tomorrow for a 16 hour bus ride - not something we're looking forward to! See you soon....
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Thank you all for your well wishes and support over the Christmas & New Year period. It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks, but things will return to normality on Monday when the kiddies head back school.
Thank you so much to my wonderful workmates who generously forwent their kris kringles this year, and took up a collection to send over here to help out. The monies received have gone towards much needed warm jackets for some of the older kids. It’s really, really cold here at the moment especially in the mornings and evenings, and a jacket is a must (along with a hot water bottle and thermals). I’m currently dreaming of tropical islands and warmth, whilst trying to warm myself in front of a fire.
By trying to make the Christmas & New Years meals a bit more special than the usual fare, the grocery bill did go up. Therefore the funds sent through by my sister and her family, were a greatly appreciated contribution. The “Burra Khana” (big food) was a yummy change, and was definitely enjoyed by all who partook.
The new school building project is starting up again now after allowing for the foundations to settle through the monsoon, and the wait for funding. Thanks to some funds sent through by our folks church in the Mount, some of our fantastic friends, and Brad’s workmate – there is now some money available to get the project rolling again. This is a massive project (which has been given tax deductible donation status), and once it is completed the monies coming in from outside student fees will help the orphanage a bit further down the track to self sustainability.
So we’d like to give a massive thank you to all those who have supported us and the orphanage throughout 2009. It’s been a great year for us, and we’re excited about what 2010 will bring. Best wishes to everyone for a fabulous 2010.