Or maybe I could say doubly blessed.
A little background for perspective.
In this post, I will tell a little about how we operate. A couple paragraphs might seem to be a little dry reading if you are not an accountant or someone interested in the nuts and bolts, but transparency is best for overall information.
We have two sources of support for the children’s home and the school that the goal is to open by June of 2017.
The first is our regular monthly donations. These are what we use to base our monthly operating budget on.
The second is designated or one-time donations. These are used for either the project designated or if not designated, they are used for the projects that are the highest priority within the donated amount.
Our regular monthly donations are substantially below what is needed for full operating budget, so we are continuing to look for donors that are interested in supporting the children or school on an ongoing basis.
Our current funding levels allow us to ensure that the feeding program keeps the children above the malnutrition level. This is important because we have 3 children suffering from blindness due to malnutrition before the feeding program was started. We also only have funding to cover the very basic health needs and school needs. Additional regular monthly donors will allow these areas to be expanded to cover the needs.
Through designated or one-time donations, we have been able to put a new roof on much of the building. Other donations allowed us to get a Chromebook for the children to share for their school needs after the old laptop died of old age.
Support can be done at http://hopehomeandschool.com/index.php/support/
Now for the good news!!! We have a supporter, Dave Huntoon, that has given one-time gifts various times when we had a special need or project. He works for a company that has a process for giving charitable gifts.
That company is Milestone AV Technologies, https://www.milestone.com . When I speak to churches and organizations that do not have their own projection equipment, I use one of the Milestone Da-Lite brand projector screens with a digital projector that I have borrowed and have been very happy with the screen.
In 2015, Milestone donated a gift of $500. This was divided between the Health Fund and the Education fund. If you have children, you will understand the need for caring for the bumps and bruises as well as the more serious needs. Since we have been in operation, two of the children have died and usually 2 or 3 get Dengue Fever every year, so health needs are always in our mind.
The educational needs are for school supplies that are required for the 17 school age children.
In the blog post linked here http://hopehomeandschool.com/index.php/2016/09/27/im-from-the-government-and-i-am-here-to-help-philippine-style-part-1/ I told about how we had a visit from the government telling us that we needed to put in a new septic system since we had so many people in and out of the children’s home.
Once again, Dave Huntoon submitted our need of $550 to cover the expenses. Crystal Buckingham notified me that we would be given a donation of $550.
This makes the second time that Milestone AV has blessed us and I, along with the other board members and supporters wish to thank all those involved in making this happen.
There are no paid people in either the USA or the Philippines, so 100% of the donations go directly to the operation of the children’s home.
If anyone has any additional questions, please feel free to contact me, I love telling about “My kids” to anyone that will listen.
Once again, thank you!
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