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A House for Cats and Kids

by Fundacion Vivatma
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids
A House for Cats and Kids

Dear donor and friend, You Know Who. Thank you for your patience, after three months without a single word you really deserve an update. Life sometimes is unpredictable and it turned out that we, given to certain circumstances, decided to reach out for an own piece of land, where we are free to realize our projects. So, in spite of the changed circumstances, we are still committed to our project “A House for Cats and Kids” and we know that we are doing the right thing. This is just a big opportunity to expand our vision, to create so much more and to become a blessing not only for homeless cats, but also for blind senior strays. We will work hard on changing our actual project into its grandest version, and I promise it will include our wonderful House for Cats and Kids. Because with your help, we already gathered $2,610.00 that are not lost, but deposited safely on a special account. We want to thank you so much for your solidarity, support and confidence. It means the world to us and gives us the power and the strength to go ahead. As an African proverb says: “When you want to go fast, go alone. When you want to go far, go together”, so let’s do this. Let’s go far, let’s go together.

The imaginary House for Cats and Kids
The imaginary House for Cats and Kids

Dear donor and friend, You Know Who. Finally, here they are!! We are so excited to share our architectural plans with you. Still, we do not know where to build our wonderful House for Cats and Kids, but at least we want to make it more visible.  A big THANK YOU goes out to our architect friend Iván Ángel, who was so inspired by the project, that he donated the plans. As you can see, there are two wooden modules, the cats’ sleeping rooms. In the middle there is a patio, a large space suitable for wheel-chairs, where the kids can play and interact with the shelter cats. Our main task now is to look for a lot with a house, to provide us with electricity and water, in order to avoid the official building permission, which is quite expensive. Maybe we have to create a mega project, to include our shelter dogs we already take care of, and offer some stray veterans, blind and too old to survive outside in the streets, a safe place to spend their last golden days, weeks or months. We’ll let you know!! And, as always, your ideas are so very welcome. Let’s do that together! Thank you for being there.

Floor plan of the facade
Floor plan of the facade
Section 1 (patio and dormitories)
Section 1 (patio and dormitories)
Section 2 (roof design)
Section 2 (roof design)
The very first scratch. Historical.
The very first scratch. Historical.

Dear donor and friend, You Know Who. This is going to be my last-minute report and you really deserve to read some Vivatma news to know, how we are doing. We have already made the first steps, reaching out to a local architect for a plan, but as time in Colombia doesn’t exist, he has not yet finished it. But as soon as I hold it in my hands, I’ll share it with you, promise!!

The other news I want to communicate, is that the owner of the piece of land where our dog shelter is located, does no longer agree to our project “A House for Cats and Kids”. Which means that we don’t give up never ever, but have to face a real challenge, because now we need either to buy an own piece of land (money issues!!!) or rent one (same issue). We have not yet solved this problem, because it’s a really big one, but I’ll keep you informed. For now, your donation is safe, and we won’t touch it before we finally can start to realize our dream. Thank you again for your support and your confidence; we feel that although we are having a difficult time, we are not alone.  By the way, any suggestions or new concepts are welcome!!!!

Dear donor and friend, You Know Who. It’s time to tell you about our progress, and Merlin, who unexpectedly sneaked into our lives as a reminder, that there are so many feline friends out there, needy to be sheltered. Finally we found an architect, who hopefully will soon start to design a plan in order to get a permission for construction. But cats can’t wait and show up, whenever they need food, shelter or just a purry conversation from cat to human. Merlin rescued himself, one day he was just there, hiding in the bushes, starving and so eager for a home. He was also sick, probably suffering from feline immunodeficiency virus, and he had nowhere else to go. So we created his own territory for him, far away enough from our own cats’ space, and built a two-storied house. He got neutered and still takes some medicine to strengthen his immune system, gets his daily kibble and soft food with tuna, loves sunbathing and belly-rubs and simply feels at home. It was that easy, but we can’t receive them all, so we may not forget our wonderful project, and we are deeply grateful for your support.

Dear donor and friend, You Know Who. September. What an “accelerating” month!!! Exhausting, exciting and such a wonderful journey!!! Let me introduce my faithful fellow-travelers, the power group that makes our journey possible.

Tina created our Fundraising Calendar, the Bonus Day Poster, and as a native speaker, she lives in the USA, fine-tuned and polished our emails with track changes.

Carolina doesn’t live in Colombia either. She is our financial expert in Switzerland, made some emergency calls to GG in Washington, an ad, the emails, and is always pendent to cheer everyone up.

Mariana as the artist of the Vivatma family, designed our beautiful and unique project photo, we are so proud of.

Geraldine knows what a widget is and as our marketing expert she made the ad, the Thank you cards, and the graphics.

My name is Gudrun, I brought us all together. Responsible for coordination, storytelling and photo shots, trying hard to stay cool that cold and rainy day, when we participated in a school festival, offering books for children, stickers, handicrafts, stuff for pets, but didn’t even sell a photocopy. That experience made us more determined to enjoy the journey itself and focus on all those little joys and adventures rather than going on treasure hunt.

Then your donations came in, which wowed us a lot and suddenly my dream of a House for Cats and Kids was our dream, a dream on its way to become reality. We did not reach the goal though, but somehow the universe conspired and GG took an exceptional decision and welcomed us as permanent partners. Sooooo, guys, the journey goes on, now with more travelers on board than at the beginning. Thank you for joining us!!!

 

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Tabio, Colombia

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