Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Goodbye & Thanks Michael and Mark

Mark Clements with friends in Amatongas
We said goodbye to our volunteers on Monday. Thanks Michael and Mark for all your work and especially your love and dedication to our children in Amatongas.

Please read their daily blog here
It's a great read!

Mark and Michael with director of Amatongas Clinic

Thursday, June 23, 2011

HIA Volunteers in Amatongas

Health Initiatives Abroad (HIA) volunteers, Michael Kline and Mark Clements have been in Amatongas for a week now preparing a report for their organization. HIA is raising funds for a future infirmary at our school here in Amatongas and the report being prepared will help them in their efforts. Please check out the website above.

It has been great having Mark and Michael here this week bringing a breath of fresh air and much energy to our new work. They have interviewed many health officials and school personnel gathering information for their report.

Mark and Michael interviewed 83 year old
retired missionary nurse "Nana" near Amatongas

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Amatongas welcomes volunteers

Mark Clements and Michael Kline visit boarding students in Amatongas
Many thanks to our first two volunteers to visit us in Amatongas. Michael Kline and Mark Clements, both graduates of Catholic High in Baton Rouge and students at LSU, arrived Wednesday, June 15 with much needed soccer equipment. Thanks to the efforts of Bo Cassidy, CHS Soccer Coach, and Third Coast Soccer the volunteers delivered 6 bags of soccer balls, jerseys, and other supplies. 

Thanks Bo Cassidy and 3rd Coast Soccer for the new balls and jerseys

The local children in Amatongas with new jersey's from 3rd Coast Soccer
Other news from Amatongas

We finally welcomed the fourth member of our community when Brother Fabian Jongwe arrived from Zimbabwe on Sunday. 

Amatongas Community: Angel, Lucas, Fabian and Chris

The brothers new residence is about two months from completion, but by the time this gets out on the internet the good news is that the roof is finished. Now work continues on the electricity and water.

The 4 brothers will live on the top floor of this old Franciscan residence

After cutting and clearing the large property in front of the school, we found and rented a tractor to disc the land and make it more suitable for planting, quite an accomplishment after 2 months of hard work. We will most likely plant beans and corn here for the students and possibly to sell.

Finally, the little guy below is a Puff Adder killed by one of our workers with a sling shot. It's double the size of one I killed myself. The people say they this one is very big. I agree.

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