April 22nd. I left Thailand for the US to have abdominal surgery. When I left the rabbit farm we had approximately 1200 rabbits and barely enough cages to house them so after I left :
The rabbit population has grown to over 1600 and we are very short of cages.
The man from whom we rented the farm passed away and left the land to his three daughters who have no interrest in having us as tenants at a very cheap rent. They want to sell the land.
One of the employees on the farm got bitten by a cobra about three weeks ago.
The rabbit farm has been under water for the past few weeks.
PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT ONE OF THESE EVENTS WAS IN THE PLANNING FOR THIS QUARTER.
SO HERE WE ARE TODAY.
My surgery went very well and I am on my way back to Thailand in four weeks.
We will lower the amount of rabbits we have by incresing the population of children receiving rabbit meat.
A week ago I purchased the land from the three sisters after long convaluted negotiations. We now own the land that the rabbit farm sits on.
The employee who was bitten by the snake is well and is back at work thanks to the fast thinking and acting by his fellow employee.
The flooding at the farm seems to be under control as all the rabbit cages are about three feet off the ground and there is only four to five inches of water on the ground. I will deal with this issue next month when I get there. Now that we own the farm we may need to do some land improvements.
So what can I clearly state: It has been tough being away but everything is under control (at least I think so !!)
The personel rewards of this project is getting emails like this.
Sorry for my reply late all the time cause of many reasons . I'm trying my best for my school . on 5-8-13 we got rabbit meat 75 kgs from The Rights Of The Child.Thank you very very much for everything God bless your job and your healthy. I hope your kidney is better and better now. right? The children will be stronger and stronger and good health as well.
With all the best wishes and all our loves,
David (AGAPE family)
To all of my friends, funders and supporters who have helped me make this dificult jouney so much more enjoyable THANK YOU.
We can not forget that on July 24th we celebrated my kidney's first birthday. WOW - INCREDIBLE
I will write to all of you again in about two months upon my return and make an asessment of the situation on location at the rabbit farm.
We can definitely use some more money as we will need to buils an aditional barn. Go to GlobalGiving's web site and look for project number 12293.
I thank life for having given me this opportunity.
PS. To improve our rating in GlobalGiving we need about 40 friends to make a monthly recurring donation of any amount ($3 a month would be great, more would be better). I am asking you and asking you to ask your friends as well.
PPS. I became a grand father for the second time yesterday morning. Thank you L & G.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU and one more time THANK YOU to those incredible people that have supported this project. My personal health has put a big dent into this project's time frame (Kidney transplant 10 months ago, reconstructive abdominal muscle surgery 10 days ago) I am doing well !!!!
Now the important stuff :
With the money we raised, plus a little bit from myself as well as the workers at the rabbit farms willingness to work for NO pay for a few months, we were able to complete the second rabbit barn which includes a watering system, an electrical system, a ventilation system and about 200 new rabbit cages. We had to build a retaining wall to protect the farm against the famous Thai floods. All went very well and the farm looks impressive. We now have, as of the last count at the end of April,1199 rabbits. ( Males 75, Females 316, Young 808 ) I will get the latest count next week.
The MOST important thing we accomplished was at the beginning of the second quarter. We distributed our first rabbit meat to Safe Haven Orphanage ( 40 Kilograms ). They have received that every week since then as well as 140 kilograms of rabbit meat to Agape Orphanage and Learning center every week since that incredible day in early April. We were also able to record the age, weight and hight of the children.
I was also able to land a few paying customers ( Bangkok Restaurants ) for rabbit meat, which will help support this project. We found a fertilizer company and are in the process of negotiating a long term contract for the sale of the rabbit manure. Whatever we can get is great, for the moment.
We have started the process of getting a health certificate or veterinary certificate for he farm and hopefully will have that in place by the end fo the year.
As you all know, this project is very dear to my heart. A glorifying moment in the life of HE was my ability to bring to my home in Thailand 10 orphans from Safe Haven Orphanage for Thai New Year. It was GREAT and we spend three days at the beach and the ocean. They had never seen the ocean. They played on the beach, swam in the pool and learned how to rollerblade. What a fabulous time we all had. I cooked to my hearts content, they ate it all.
In conclusion: So much more to do. .Need help. Please volunteer. Come and visit..
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