Kik (left) and Mai weeding Morning Glory
Welcome to our first report. I’d like to start by saying a big, big thank you to everyone for helping us successfully meet the GlobalGiving challenge. So what have we been doing over the past 6 weeks?
The students were on their mid-semester break for the month of October during which time they returned to their families. So while they were away we did some much needed renovations to the girls’ kitchen. The dining area was opened up to let the light in, new charcoal stoves and sinks were constructed in the cooking area and the walls were painted. It was a lovely surprise for the girls when they returned from their holidays.
The rainy season is wonderful for growing all sorts of vegetables. Unfortunately the same applies to the weeds! The vegetable gardens were starting to look very overgrown by the end of the holidays so over the past few weeks we’ve been very busy clearing, cultivating and starting to plant out the beds. We’ve used some of the funds to purchase seed, seedlings and chicken poo to boost the soil’s fertility.
We plan on making the most of the cooler weather over the winter months ahead to expand the area we have under cultivation. In the weeks ahead we hope to upgrade the water irrigation system, as all that watering with watering cans does get a little tedious! And we’re planning to renovate the old chicken house so that we can purchase young chickens to provide us with a steady supply of fresh eggs.
And finally I want to mention the work of Celia and Matthieu, two Spanish volunteers that stayed with us in late August. They have made a video showcasing Monsaengdao. Please find some time to watch it, you’ll get to meet some of our girls and hear why our school is so special. There's a link at the bottom of this report.
Nam on watering duty
Newly planted veggie patch
Cooking lunch on the new stoves