I'd like to take the time to update you regarding our project's progress. Over the past few months, our young group has really matured into a great team with a lot of potential. With only a few returning members, all of our new recruits have really had the opportunity to step up and make significant contributions to the group. We've made good progress as we prepare for this summer's trip to Rwanda and we're really excited for that!
The first, and most important, update is that we've come to a decision on the type of irrigation system we'll be installing this summer in Rwanda after much research, collaboration, and discussion. The orphanage is in the process of receiving a new tree nursery, courtesy of a partnership between the Belgian and Rwandan governments. This will be one of the largest tree nurseries in Western Rwanda, making it a great opportunity for the orphanage to increase its income. Our design will supply water to this nursery so that they will be able to grow and sell these tree saplings to the local community as well as to the region. The actual design of the system is still in progress as there are issues to be sorted out about the amount of water as well as the number of trees that need to be irrigated. It will most likely be a combination of tap stands and subtanks spread across the nursery.
Secondly, our team has really been making a push for fundraising this semester as we look to prepare for this summer. We're looking for funds to purchase materials for the system in Rwanda as well as to send somewhere between 5 and 8 students to the country. Our fundraising efforts have included approaching local businesses, rotaries, and individuals. We've also got a fundraiser lined up for February 28th, partnering with a local restaurant, Mod Market, who has kindly agreed to give 25% of their profits to us that day. We're hoping to do more fundraisers in the future as well as look for partnerships with local businesses to provide materials and other support.
I'd like to also take this opportunity to thank our generous donors. We're very glad that you've had the confidence to invest in our project and we can't wait to show you the results. If you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the project or donating, please don't hesitate to contact us. You send me an e-mail at Andrew.Hemphill@gmail.com or reach me by cell phone at 847-767-8082.
We hope you'll continue to monitor and support our project as we make progress!
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