Can you put up a sign once it's built? "No Loitering. Unless you are up to no good. In which case, stick around."
But of course! it's for kids, and anyone who knew me as a kid knew that I was never up to any good! Every mother in the neighborhood warned her kids: "don't play with that Miky Shafer!" They were right, too. Their kids turned out to the bankers and other meritorious people while I ended up at the end of the world where I belong!
In the past three days, the entire village has run out of water and, drought notwithstanding, we have had a huge thunderstorm that knocked out power and the internet for two days. It did not stop the kitchen garden team, however, bent on completing Evelind's kitchen garden - the happy result of her 58th birthday wish on March 12! Six weeks, and here it is!
Yes, we ask you, our supporters, for a lot, and we thank you. But believe us, too; we do. We deliver what we promise without a penny wasted!
Check out the garden volunteers' final product - organic beds in the foreground and three compost bins in the back (with the new duck pond enclosure in the way back).
Thank you, everyone who donated to Evelind's birthday wish - and all of you we hope will donate to build the community education center, too!
Early money is like yeast! Thank you, my anonymous friend, for installing the electrical system, and thank Robin, my old friend, for laying the first wall. You two are great. I can't thank you enough getting us to lift off so fast!
Gretchen just donated a cubic yard of cement. (If you haven't shoveled one, you have no idea just how big a donation that is!) But as you can see from the attached photos, mixing a cubic yard of cement by hand is a job. Would one of you please donate a truck load of cement? So much easier. Thank you, Gretchen!
Olga Fookson just built the second wall! I'm not sure that a building can stand with just two walls, but between Robin and Olga, we are half way there! Thank you Olga and SchoolPlus!
Eric Lofgren, you're the best! I will personally mark out your two square yards of cement and practice making really cool things that go bang on them the way we did when we were much younger than we are now! Much appreciated, my old friend. And thanks for helping us break the $1,000 barrier. Just $5,000 more to go. And you *can* hold your breath. It will happen. I'm sure of it.
Happy birthday Michael. I wish you all the best with you and everyone there.
Shafer's birthday is tomorrow! Please make his wish come true. We will have over 40 kid living with us by next week, when school starts. They need a learning center - a place to split the kids into groups for tutoring - so they can focus to catch up in school and set their sights on the world. We'll make the space flexible so that it can be used for community meetings and project gatherings. Any contribution helps! Thank you!
It was a good weekend! Ben Miller, an old friend from friend from my school boy days in France, and Henny Chang, one of my beautiful daughters, combined to provide a load of cement. And, yes, I think that's great! I spent the weekend painting the interior of one of the new offices, which required that I walk across the one, big empty space in the site plan. Every time I did I got this buzz knowing that in a couple of months a fine new building would stand there for me to paint! Far fetched?...
It was a good weekend! Ben Miller, an old friend from friend from my school boy days in France, and Henny Chang, one of my beautiful daughters, combined to provide a load of cement. And, yes, I think that's great! I spent the weekend painting the interior of one of the new offices, which required that I walk across the one, big empty space in the site plan. Every time I did I got this buzz knowing that in a couple of months a fine new building would stand there for me to paint! Far fetched? No way. This photo is 6 months old. The dry grass in now covered with 3 large buildings, and in a few more the Community Center will go just in front of the large pile of red brick dirt.
I tell you, the walls are just piling up! Mike Hinchliffe and Chip (OK, Darrell) Hamlin just built the final two walls of the community education center! "Set layo!" - all done! - as we say here. Thanks, guys. Hinch (like Robin) was one of the original Mongolia team, and Chip introduced me to the wonders of service-learning many long years ago!
Now, for the rest of you, mud walls without a concrete slab or a roof won't last long in the Thai rainy season! Come on, please?