Last April we posted a short message in which we shared the situation in our kitchen dining rooms with you. We used to only have plastic stools to sit on whilst eating. These particular stools don’t last very long in the warm, Thai climate. Quite often the seats would crack (which could cause your skin to get stuck in between, yikes!) The stools were also not suitable for slightly heavier people. Stainless steel stools, on the other hand, last a long time, cannot crack, they are strong enough to support both children and heavier people and they are also comfortable. We are delighted to share with you that quickly after posting our request, we received a message; someone kindly sponsored our new stools! They are being used with great gratitude. Thank you so much!
Even faster than the speed of sound came the provision for two new trampolines!
We were just about to leave for a short holiday trip with the girls, when the government announced that the Corona rules had changed. Due to the rising number of patients, our trip had to be cancelled and we were also not allowed to organise activities at home with our big group.
Honestly, we didn’t quite know what to do. The girls have their summer break, but now they couldn’t leave home. It really made us rethink and challenged us to come up with fun activities at home. The donation for the trampolines came just at the right time! Thank you so much, you truly brought so much joy! If only you could have seen the girl’s faces! Amazing!
Yes! We have received a donation for a new laundry machine! We are so thankful! In 2019 we wrote that one of our laundry machines was too old to be repaired and really needed replacement. Though the girls wash their own clothes by hand, we allow them to use the spin dryer so that their laundry dries a bit quicker. We also wash the bedding and towels of the entire family home in this machine, so you can imagine how happy we were when the old wreck could be replaced by a sturdy new machine! Thanks so much to she sponsor who provided this for us.
In order to give the girls a good education an prepare them for the rest of their lives, we make use of computers. Of course, computers tend to get slower over time which usually means they need to be updated. A simple update can speed up a computer and generally makes it lasts for years longer. Yet, even then, sometimes a complete replacement is needed. It’s important to us, to use solely legal programs and software for the computers. And of course we also need printers for the offices and the girls’ homework. All in all, we need approximately 1300 USD a year to make everything run smoothly.
Last October, we received a gift of 1200 USD from a Dutch foundation. That allowed us to buy two new computers and to invest in life-lengthening updates for our current ones. The money came in at exactly the right time; the problems we encountered with the computers we had were not able to be fixed in any other way. We are so grateful! Thanks to this gift, the girls and staff can continue their work and studies.
This month two of our young adult women will go study at the university. One of them will study logistics and the other will study nursing. Neither of them knew how they were going to be able to do this without their own laptop, they were quite worried about this. It was amazing when, a little while ago, we got a donation to buy two new laptops, one for each of them. I wish you could have seen the joy on their faces when we told them they didn’t have to worry. The laptops have been purchased and set up for them with all the software they will need.
On behalf of the two young ladies we want to thank the sponsor from the bottom of our hearts for this generous donation.
To sleep well you need a mattress and preferably a good one. If the mattresses are old and worn out then getting a restful night’s sleep is difficult. We needed new mattresses for all the beds in Baan Phak Phing, about 38 in total, so everyone can sleep well and wake up feeling refreshed.
It all began with a donation from a church in New Zealand about halfway through 2019, which allowed us to buy 9 mattresses. We had the girls draw straws to determine who would get a new mattress first. At the beginning of 2020 we had 4 volunteers help us with building a carport and repainting the playground for which they’d raised support themselves. They brought more money than was needed for the projects and they decided to spend the rest on new mattresses. This allowed us to buy 9 more which were handed out by once again drawing straws. During this all the disappointment was clearly visible on some of the girls’ faces who didn’t get a new mattress. The team felt bad that they couldn’t give everyone a new mattress and decided to raise more funds once they got back home. A lot of their friends and family were keen to help out and their home church also eagerly joined in to see this project completed. And complete it they did, they raised enough money to buy everyone a new mattress. They even had enough money left over that we were able to buy everyone a new set of sheets and a new pillow. It was amazing to see how happy everyone is with their new mattress, sheets, and pillow and we can rest easy knowing they can all get a good night’s sleep. We are so thankful for the sponsors in the Netherlands and New Zealand.
In September of 2018 we had finally received enough money to purchase a new truck. Which we promptly did and had a local garage put a back-cover with benches in the back so we can transport a lot of kids. We are extremely grateful that we were able to get rid of our old truck and replace it with a new, safer truck. We want to thank all the sponsors who made donations to this project.
The kitchen project is still an ongoing project. We have already been able to do a lot in 2 of the kitchens and we wanted to make sure we kept you up to date. In one of the kitchens the wooden cupboard doors were rotten all the way through causing the kitchen to look shabby and be unhygienic. We have now replaced the wood with aluminum and its looks nice and is easy to keep clean.
Another kitchen needed new countertops. The old ones had broken tiles that were quite sharp and dangerous. It was also very unhygienic because food would get stuck in the cracks.
In the third kitchen we have recently been able to replace the old asbestos roof and are currently working on replacing the drainage system. When that is done we can start working on replacing the counters and the floor. We are getting it done a bit at a time.
All in all a lot has already improved and because we now have all the necessary finances we can continue the work.
We want to thank everyone who donated towards this project!
These days more and more schools, especially in more advanced education, are starting to require that schoolwork and homework are done on a computer. The best thing to do in that case is buy a laptop. They are portable which means you can take them with you to school to use in class to take notes and you can take it back home to do homework. Sometimes projects have to be completed with videos and information. Not too long ago we received donations that enabled us to buy 2 laptops and after installing the necessary software we gave them to the girls that needed them. You should’ve seen how happy they were. It really is a big blessing and we want to thank you for your help in providing the necessary tools for the girls to have a quality education.
New coat of paint
This is a big job that isn’t going to be finished quickly but over the past year we have been able to make some great progress and we are now about half-way. Because it is a much-needed paint job you can really see the look of the buildings improve as we make progress. We have now received enough donations to pay for the entire paint-job. We are incredibly thankful for all the donations we have received for this project. We are happy to be able to make the houses that the girls live in look nice and maintain them well. This allows them to live in a place they can truly call home.
We are extremely grateful that we were able to replace our old water filters. We were getting worried about our water filters because they were old to the point that they could’ve broken at any time. They were rusty beyond repair, with little holes appearing throughout the structure. Most of the small holes we were able to fix by welding them shut but the holes kept getting bigger. It was only a matter of time until they would’ve broken down completely. The water company that originally supplied our water system had been warning us to replace it for some time now but in order to do that you need finances. In the past 6 months we received all the necessary finances from several different sponsors allowing us to replace our old water filters and put them on a new concrete floor and under a new roof to protect everything from the elements.
We want to thank everyone who donated towards replacing our water filters!
In November of 2017 we were able to purchase three new motorcycles after we received a huge donation for this project. The girls are really happy that they can now go to school by themselves on motorcycles that actually work. Previously we had two very old motorcycles that barely worked and the girls would often be stranded next to the highway with a motorcycle that had broken down. If, as a young lady, your motorcycle breaks down in the middle of the night you are not a happy camper. Another reason for getting more new motorcycles was that we had gotten to the point where we had more girls that had gotten their motorcycle driver’s license and they all had different school schedules. We are truly thankful for the donations towards the three new motorcycles.