Dear GlobalGiving Friends,
We are excited to inform you that construction of the Khe Sanh Library is now at the halfway point. A crew of five builders has been working on the library, and the walls have been erected. The floor, roof, doors, windows and painting will soon follow. The contractor, Mr. Dai, projects the building will be complete in another two weeks. Fortunately, the weather has been cooperative with most days being predominantly sunny with a short shower in the afternoon.
GCSF will be purchasing the interior furnishings and computers during the next few weeks. “I’m happy to see the construction going well and the children are eager to see their first library”, said Mrs. Marcia Selva, GCSF President, during her visit to the Khe Sanh Primary School in early September 2013. The library is anticipated to be complete by the end of September 2013 provided the favorable weather continues.
Again, we are grateful for your generosity and look forward to sharing photos of the completed construction soon.
Nguyen Xuan Tam and the GCSF team in Vietnam
Report on the Progress of the Inle Lake Myanmar (Burma) Worm Project – September 20013
In August 2013 Sao Ei Sandar (Sandra) Myat, a Global Community Service Foundation representative in Myanmar, reported that to date more than seventy-five families at Naung Taw lae Chay village are participating in the vermicomposting (use of worms to produce crop fertilizer).
U Aye Maug has been successful with the program. He received his training from Ma Hnnin Hnin Ohnne, another GCSF representative, in June 2011. He was in the second group trained in the worm process. He was given 300 worms to start his worm composting process.
Mr. Maugs family consists of his wife, four children, a grandmother and a disabled niece, so he had many depending on his agriculture efforts. He reports that, by use of the worm castings as fertilizer, the yield from his one acre rice field doubled, and he was not required to buy chemical fertilizer. After six months of worm breeding and fertilizer creation, he (and the worms) produced more fertilizer than he could use on his crops, so he began to sell the fertilizer to others in the village; his first profit was 6,500 Kyats (about $6.50). Thus far, in 2013, he has turned a profit of 650,000 Kyats (about $650).
More good news; Mr. Maugs son will be attending the Government Agriculture University, and, we hope, he will be a valuable contributor to vermicomposting projects
With that kind of progress, it is only a matter of time, and support, until vermicomposting projects will be established at all forty-four villages around Inle Lake.
Joe Wachter, a volunteer member of the GCSF Board of Directors, and the project manager for the worm project, delineated the following benefits of the project;
By use of worm fertilizer the use of chemical fertilizer is reduced and the lake will, in time, become less polluted, and the incidence of chemically induced medical issues like skin lesions will be reduced,
Crop quality and quantity will be improved; thereby improving the nutrition and reducing incidents of disease like “soft bone” for the Inle Lake families
And as Mr. Maungs experience shows, there is opportunity from micro-enterprise to spread the use of this eco-friendly method of crop production.
We made it! Thanks to the success of the recurring donation campaign last December and the generous contributions on the recent GlobalGiving Bonus Day, the Khe Sanh School Library Project has surpassed its funding goal of $26,000. We are happy to inform you of the approaching groundbreaking with a ceremony scheduled for 15 July 2013.
The bid review process has been completed, and a contractor has been selected. The legal documents between GCSF and the Huong Hoa District Department of Education and Training (DOET) are being processed with a memorandum of understanding to be signed first.
Library construction is expected to last about 5 weeks, and furnishing will be complete in an additional two weeks. With the completion of the library in August, more than 700 students and 40 teachers will begin the new school year beginning on 5 September 2013 with a new library. "We wish to have a library for so long and now it is becoming visible. My students are very excited when they hear the news that the library will be built in a few weeks," shared Headmistress Huong Vo.
The steady progress of this first GCSF project with GlobalGiving has been a positive experience. We look forward to sharing photos of the construction progress this summer and on to project completion. With our sincere gratitude for your support,