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School Blackboard
School Blackboard
Help Out! $10.00

Every ladies class needs a blackboard, as does every day care center. We need about 50 more of these at present, more as the work is expands.
Pay a Teacher for a Month
Pay a Teacher for a Month
Help Out! $50.00

For $50, we can hire a professional, certified, trained teacher for a month to work three days per week teaching the adults and the orphans. Many are needed.
Start a Small Business
Start a Small Business
Help Out! $100.00

This is the minimum cost to start a small business for training purposes and a small profit.  Later, we would need add additional funds (another $1-$200) to expand the business to make it more profitable. The types of business vary depending on the location of the village, and the opportunities present, and whether or not a water source for irrigation is available. Our most successful businesses have been vegetable gardens of about 1 acre in size. The starting cost of these gardens is about $1-$200 depending on what tools are needed. These gardens then become self-sustaining.
Provide Needed Housing
Provide Needed Housing
Help Out! $500.00

Many times, housing is needed (usually for an elderly person) for someone not able to build a house for themselves. Often it is a widow whose house may have been destroyed in a storm or where she is living may no longer have room for her because of their own families needs.  Often she was mistreated because of local beliefs and prejudices. To build an elderly person a home Local volunteers make the bricks out of the soil, soil is made into mud, then placed into a small wooden frame, carefully dumped on the ground to dry in the sun.  When dry enough they are stacked into a pile, called a brick furnace. A fire is built under the bricks with logs to burn the bricks and make them hard. The bricks are then laid on top of each other using mud instead of mortar to build the walls. No cement is used, because usually, no funds are available to buy cement. The thatch (grass) roof is placed on top of the structure. When it rains, the roof leaks somewhat and water runs down the bricks, and washes the mud from between them, and the structure often collapses. When this happens an able-bodied person can set the bricks back in place, again using mud, and then replace the thatched roof. The elderly and the handicapped cannot rebuild their house without help. Our ladies have built several houses for the elderly. To ensure the house will stand this we furnish them with cement, and a metal roof, that overhang as the walls so water doesn't wash down the walls and destroy them. Of course, this house has no electricity and it has no running water, but it is shelter, we can build these houses for about $500 which is mostly the cost of the metal roof, and some cement.