Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Water from a Cow

Our famous cow, Tolamika Goldwyn Faithful really has become our hero.  She is the reason for the trucks to arrive today, the drills to be put into the ground and the water to be eventually secured.  She is the reason we will have 3-1000 liter tanks for the main house and a 5000 liter tank for the children's home.  For the irrigation, the septic tank and the reason we will never have to pay a water bill.  There is never enough thanks to Tom and Laury for saving so many lives and for allowing Edwin and I to have our dream come true.  I am glad you will be with us at the grand opening to witness the results.   

Oh my goodness...from what I have experienced, this is very true in Uganda...We have so much water
and we just take it for granted.  When you see a little child walking 4-5 km  struggling to carry a  jerrycan home from a swamp, you know this is reality....Life.... it's really about "Life".

We are all so happy to see this truck on our property.  In one week the water will be flowing where
it should be and we can start to build the wall as soon as we get the funds raised.  It will be one of the last
things to work hard for.  Once the 8' wall is built, we can open....This will be the grand finale and we are determined to make that happen.  The only other "women" thing I keep thinking about is, the Emmanual Foundation playground.  I have dreams of that playground in front of the kids colorful and beautiful. 
These kids never had a playground before...  Dreams come true you know...

And here come the tanks

Atimu, our famous welder is working hard to make the stands for these tanks.  The 3 small ones are
1000 liters and the larger one is 5000 liters for the kids home.  Poor Atimu is trying to weld the beds, gate,
windows, doors and now water stands.  Do you think we should give this man a raise?

Do you remember James, our trusty machete watchman?  Well here he is digging a very deep
septic tank.  This man never stops and that is why we have now hired him when we open.  

Can you believe how deep he dug this by hand?  I think James also deserves a raise.
Oh my goodness, if I keep giving raises, we won't be able to finish.  I just can't stand the idea of them working so hard for so little money.  

Our second bed of 3 children is finished.  Thanks Kaitlin, Katie and Big Bistro in Maple Ridge....Look at what your fundraising accomplished.  Now we have enough for 6 kids and the next 3 bunks will be welded when Atimu finished the tanks.  Atimu, we need to hire you an assistant.

Gerri and have done it again.  Thanks so much for caring enough about these kids to provide a way of promoting a skill in their lives.  You have donated two treadle machines now and we will definitely put them to use in teaching our kids to sew.  We are very grateful to you and your generous hearts.  You just changed a many children's lives.

Meet Mohammed.  Mohammed is our landscaper and he has donated his skills and time to us, free of charge.  He wants to make our property a show piece so others can see.  Many trees and plants have been planted by him and I would suspect in a year from now, we will have an exhibit here. He is covering an acre and a half full of lush trees and flowers... Thanks Mohammed 

A rock garden being developed..  More to come as it grows.

I wanted to let everyone know that Save on Foods came on board with us for the first weekend in November.  We will be baking banana bread at night in the Abbotsford Whatcom and Sumas stores and from November 3rd to 5th, we will be selling it at both locations. Also to top that off, they are donating 10 cents a lb. for all bananas sold in that time period.  If any of you are in the area, please come down to see the display and I will also have the opportunity of meeting you in person. Many of you have never stopped encouraging me and I would like to meet you and say thanks.

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