Min has been traveling for the past couple of weeks. I was able to talk to him today and he provided the following update on the projects in Gamauli;
"The water tank project in in progress and the toilet project is near to complete. This afternoon, I will be there and we will organize meeting among teachers and committee also. Then I will arrive district headquarter and I can write in details to all of you."
He estimated in another week or two that everything will be complete with both the water and toilet projects at the school.
Min has visited 85 schools during this visit in addition to Gamauli and reported that he has a plan for teacher training to support up to 500 schools in a 5-year period and hopes to expand the reach of their program to areas they have not previously covered in Nepal.
Min has been taking pictures, but does not have the digital camera this visit, so we will have to wait until he arrives back in Kathmandu and can scan them so you can all see the progress that's been made.
UPDATE: 3/24/09 Pictures from Min's Visit
Have you ever heard of Nabitende? It’s a beautiful village in Eastern Uganda with a population of about 24,000 amazing people.
The villagers of Nabitende are beautiful, smart, strong and hardworking farmers. They have worked long and hard to keep their little village going and to maintain the trees they depend on for their livelihood. But now they need help from the outside world to keep their trees from dying out. EBENEZER FOUNDATION FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT, a charity organization in Uganda and NABUUR, a volunteer organization have teamed up to save the agricultural and forestry life of Nabitende through the SUSTAINABLE INTEGRATED FRUIT TREE GROWING AND COMMUNITY AGROFORESTRY PROJECT.
To do this, they need money. So they sat down and thought of how they could get people to know about Nabitende and how they could raise the needed money.
The answer came in a flash of inspiration – STAMPS!!!
Yes! We are going to attempt to break a Guinness World Record™ by making the LARGEST STAMP MOSAIC on the first of December, World Aids Day 2009. Thereby raising funds and creating awareness in one brilliant swoop!
We want people all over to know and love the village of Nabitende like we do and to join us in helping the villagers to keep their trees and lives.
So we are asking you to gather up all the stamps you can find and send them to us. Then on the 1st of December 2009, the children of Nabitende are going to have a lot of fun sticking your stamps on a mosaic and setting a new Guinness World Record™.
Please, tell all your friend and families. Chant “Nabitende!” over and over again to everyone you meet, everywhere you go. STAMP the name Nabitende on every heart as you go stamp gathering. And as you do so, remember you are:-
STAMP-ING FOR TREES!
STAMP-ING FOR LIVES!!
STAMP-ING FOR NABITENDE!!!