We have had a great start this New Year with enough money to pay off all our bills and to give our staff a raise. Most still make under $100.00 a month but they are appreciative of having a full time job, something most people in the countryside don’t have. Because of our financial status we have been making some needed changes to help us adapt to our every changing program. Here are just a few of them:
We were given a new washing machine to help us with doing the daily washing of clothes and because we have a problem with neighbors stealing our clothes of the line, we built this special room with a fenced in area for drying that should cut down on work and loss of clothing.
Our volunteer house has been in need of repair for a long time and with the addition of Melinda and Kate as long term volunteers we needed a place with some privacy. Putting in a new entrance is just the beginning of changes to the house. Soon the porch area will be two large private bedrooms, which should make things much more comfortable.
But before that can happen, we must finish building the new rooms for the older boys who must move from their dorm to make room for the new Children’s Creative Learning Center, which is presently in the old hospice, which must be readied for the new medical and isolation ward that will open when Kate gets here. The boy’s rooms are being built on the foundation of the Hydroponic gardens which didn’t work out like we had hoped. That program is not over, however, we are still trying to come up with a system that will work and have hired a new gardener from the community to help us.
And as happens, our children are growing up and several are doing quite well. Here is a picture of some of of our older children receiving their Pre-Instructors certificates in Yoga. Hopefully we will be able to find the funds to keep them studying, as some of the training to be a Yoga teacher, is done in Phnom Penh.
And finally the news of progress in my personal Spiritual Journey…
Finding Enlightenment was difficult… now all I have to do is learn how to control the Halo.
Wayne Dale Matthysse
February 26, 2011
PS… Anyone who didn’t laugh immediately at my last comment is taking their religion far to serious.