It is Christmas Day 2013. I recently returned from Thailand after an overwhelmingly successful three-month trip.
Based on the incredible generosity of our donors and all our efforts, I am happy to report that the rabbit farm is thriving beyond all hopes. When I arrived at the end of September we had approximately 2,600 rabbits. While I was overjoyed, the quicker than expected success created an overcrowding problem which required an immediate solution. We have ordered the construction of a third barn that would hold about 500 single cages to allow more rabbits to grow to maturity and have ordered readymade cages from China. Until the third barn was built, we acted swiftly to put the extra rabbits to good use. As discussed below, we have not only donated a significant amount of rabbit meat to various orphanages but we are now selling the excess rabbits to various restaurants and retailers, which is driving us towards our goal of having the rabbit farm be self-sustainable.
Tasanee at Safe Haven Orphanage is doing great. It was nice to see the children and see them enjoying the Newborn House, which we funded in 2011. We gave the Orphanage lots of rabbit meat, which they enjoyed. They love to eat it and it gives them plenty of protein and nourishment, which is desperately needed. Additionally, we continue to donate a significant amount of rabbit meat to support the children of the AGAPE Orphanage and Learning Center in Myanmar.
Chef Herve Frerard from "Le Beaulieu" (The best rated restaurant in Bangkok) visited the rabbit farm while I was there. Chef Frerard has been moved by our work and has pledged his support. We are working with him to organize training at the rabbit farm in early 2014 for the cooks from various NGO around Mae Sod to teach them different and more effective means of cooking rabbit meat for their children.
We engaged a law firm to formalize "The Rights Of The Child" as a recognized foundation in Thailand as it would give us many social, financial and recognition benefits. Once that is done we will receive a certificate of health from the department of agriculture, which will further our goals. We expect the formalization to be complete in the second quarter of 2014.We also hired a public relations and marketing firm to help further our presence in the world of NGO as well as to redo our social media presence, which is sorely needed. We likewise expect that our social media sites will be updated in the second quarter of 2014. Here are the latest updates from the rabbit farm as of today:
1) The local department of agriculture advised that we should build stainless steel stations to process the rabbit meat. This is currently being built and once completes, will help us process the meat in a more beneficial manner. 2) The new third barn has been completed and the cages have likewise arrived.
3) Electric and water installation in the new third barn will be completed as soon as the cages are permanently positioned .
4) We have hired a full time supervisor for the rabbit farm who is also a Veterinarian. He will be able to help us grow the rabbit farm and make it more efficient.
5) We are now selling rabbit meat to one wholesaler who delivers to various retailers and restaurants. The idea is to make the rabbit farm become self-sustainable through the sale of excess rabbit meat.
To all of you that have supported us on this journey THANK YOU. We know the road has been bumpy but we are getting there. Our goal is that by the end of 2014 we are profitable, philanthropic and that many more children will have a protein balanced diet and a better chance for a good life.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and God Bless you.
May the New Year bring you to Mae Sod to see what you have helped build and the children’s lives, which you have changed.
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