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BANGLADESH


#25 : Basic job training for women and girls, Bangladesh:
The Goodwill Women Development Project has been founded to bring relief to those women and girls who are desperately in need of a job to survive in our society. The aims and objectives of this project are:

To give help to the poorest girls and women in Bangladesh-principally those with extreme poverty.
To offer basic training to enable them to earn some money to survive in this society where they are always depressed.
To assist and if necessary give shelter to those women and girls who have difficult home situation because of lack of housing, absent parents, dire poverty etc. (In Dhaka Center)
To build some craft centers in those villages where tribe people are living with extreme poverty.
To make them independent.
To help them to educate their children.

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BHUTAN

#214: Bhutan, School Uniforms: Students must have a uniform in order to attend school. $15.00 will provide a school uniform for one of the 453 students who attend the Jamkar Primary School in eastern Bhutan, 400 km from the capital. Two teachers teach half of the students in the morning and two teachers teach half of the students in the afternoon due to lack of classroom space. Many of the students are orphans.

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BORNEO

#166: Binoculars, GPS Units and Field Cameras, Borneo: In order to protect orangutans, leopards and other species of the Wehea Forest in East Kalimantan, Borneo, binoculars ($250.00), GPS units ($350.00) and Field Cameras ($250.00) are needed. These will be used by the local Dayak rangers to document the biodiversity in unexplored Wehea forest in order to permanently protect this irreplaceable ecosystem.

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BURMA (MYANMAR)

#319: Eco-friendly Schoolroom Construction, Myanmar (Burma): $300.00 bamboo; $300.00 tar paper membrane for roofing; $25 machete set for a builder; $12.00 saw blades. The Kachin ethnic minority group that inhabits Northern Shan and Kachin States in northern Myanmar have started an initiative to transform their communities through using a child-centered approach to education.  Complementing this transformative approach to education is building eco-friendly schools.  Construction using adobe bricks is sustainable as no natural resources are abused.  Volunteers and the community manually craft the bricks, block by block, into walls with great thermal insulating capability.  The bricks are integrated with other natural materials like bamboo to construct cost effective, eco-friend roofs.  Project Video links: https://youtu.be/zpQdxzZRM08 and https://youtu.be/uP6QYbNHWU8

#243: School Supplies, Myanmar (Burma): While on vacation in Myanmar an American family had the opportunity to visit a school the city of Mandalay. The family's now 9 year old daughter, Elisa, was inspired to help the school, which offered only the most basic amenities. This year, in lieu of birthday gifts Elisa decided to raise funds to provide school supplies for the 439 Kindergarten - 5th grade students at the Ohn Chit Khone Primary School. Prices of items in need are: $.05 for a pencil; $.18 for a notebook and $1.25 for a textbook.

#235: School Building Supplies, Burma (Myanmar): In 2009 after Cyclone Nargis hit the Delta Region, volunteers rebuilt an elementary school (with donations from friends and Lantern Projects). Now the volunteers would like to build a middle school (grades 6-9) so that students can continue their education. When this school is built, the village will be able to apply for government hired and paid teachers and thus provide a free education for village children up to grade 9. Building supplies are needed: Bricks, $.14; Cement, $9.00/bag; Windows, $88.00; Doors, $285; Roof Sheeting, $8.00; Nails; $3.00/bag; Paint, $13.00/gallon. Additional information: www.ismcs.com/village-school-project.html.

PROJECT CLOSED

#58:  Maps and Classroom Furniture, Myanmar (Burma): $3.00 provides maps, $25.00 buys a 10’ x 4’ blackboard and $170 purchases a set of desks and chairs for the Thit La primary school in a remote ethnic village in the Shan state.  Associated organization:  Rural Development Society.


#83:  Health Education and Family Planning Books, Myanmar (Burma): $25.00 will provide an updated set of health education books for one hill tribe village in the Shan State.  Books include reliable information on AIDS prevention, basic sanitation, family planning and other public health issues.  Associated Organization:  The Burma Village Assistance Project.

#89: Malarial Medicine and Bed Netting, Burma: $5.00 provides a bed net and $8.00 provides malarial treatment and training by a mobile health team in rural hill areas of Burma where there is no other access to health care.
#104: Oxen and Carts, Burma/Myanmar: An ox costs $400.00 (2 needed per cart) and a wooden cart costs $800.00. These would be used communally to transport water, construction material and crops in a rural village and to go to the town markets. Associated Organization: Rural Development Society.

PROJECT COMPLETED

#108: Ducklings, Burma: $10.00 buys a baby duckling to support animal husbandry projects at two orphanages in rural Burma. After the orphanages buy the ducks, care takers will raise ducks for eggs and for sale to keep the orphanage running. The orphanages provide ongoing care, education and health to 260 children. http://thehungryduckling.googlepages.com

#104, Burma/Myanmar: An ox costs $400.00 (2 needed per cart) and a wooden cart costs $800.00. These would be used communally to transport water, construction material and crops in a rural village and to go to town markets. Associated Organization: Rural Development Society

#111: Sewing Machine and Supplies, China/Burma: $70.00 buys a sewing machine and $45.00 buys enough yarn, zippers, buttons and scissors for one year of handicraft training for a woman in need. After one year of vocational training and counseling, women can return to their villages and make a living. Associated organization: Community Partners, www.cpintl.org

#132: Construction Supplies, Burma (Myanmar):  Cyclone Nargis destroyed the Kyundamin Primary School in the Delta region which serves 162 students, age 5-12.  Construction supplies such as bricks 7 cents; bag of cement $6.50; roofing $7.00; gravel, $60.00; windows $120 and large doors $220 are needed to rebuild the school.  Students are temporarily housed in a crowded monastery basement. 

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CAMBODIA

#341:  Feeding Dreams Cambodia: Bicycles, Hotel Uniforms and Cooking Supplies: $50.00 Bicycle, so vocational training students can attend training at the Feeding Dreams Center plus provide transport to their job placements; $20.00 Uniform (including shoes); $25 toward cooking pots, serving plates, utensils and glassware for training.  Feeding Dreams Cambodia is a grass roots community school located amidst urban slums in Siem Reap, Cambodia.  They strive to keep families united and fight poverty, illiteracy and malnutrition.  The vocational training facility provides 60 youths yearly with accredited courses and job placement in 4-5 star hotels.  www.feedingdreamscambodia.org

#336: Canned Fish, Cambodia: $15.00 will purchase one box of 24 cans of fish. In order to insure children do not study on an empty stomach Cambodian Community Dream (CCDO) organizes a free breakfast program at three village schools. Seeing that most children only get rice and vegetables in their home meals they make sure that protein is included at breakfast to prevent stunting and promote brain development. To make the program more sustainable they have school gardens tended by students and teachers where they grow vegetables used for cooking. Parents who are farmers are asked to contribute rice to the best of their ability. CCDO provides oil, salt, sugar, soy sauce and protein in the form of fish and chicken. There are outdoor kitchens and cooks in each school and children do the serving and washing of the trays and utensils. Free breakfast has also been proven to promote attendance in school and prevent drop out. CCDO feeds 975 children ages 3-18 six days a week. Associated Organization: Cambodian Community Dream Organiazation.

#333: Soap-making Supplies, Cameroon:  Unit costs are: $60.00 soap materials; $100.00 cutting table; $2.00 label and packaging.  Women and girls in Cameroon face marginalization, injustice and poverty.  In the Center region, especially Yaounde and its environs, there are more children living in single parenting homes or forced to live with relatives or friends due to the financial hardship of their mothers.  These mothers are helpless and hopeless and cannot take proper care of their children with no money and no jobs.  This soap-making project is a solution to a desperate situation.  It aims to provide at least 25 vulnerable women with skills in soap production, leadership and business.

Soap is a useful item in homes.  Families usually buy laundry soap and powder soap; hospitals also need soap for cleaning.  This project will provide immediate income so that women can take care of themselves and their family.

#323: Library Books, Cambodia: $10.00 will purchase a library book. Learning English has become an important way out of poverty for children in country villages in Cambodia where people are still trying to recover from the disastrous effects of the Khmer Rouge regime. An after school English language and literacy program has been set up in Ou Tou Teng, a village not far from Siem Reap, with no electricity and a very high illiteracy rate. There, many of the 1,800 children are highly motivated to improve life by advancing their education so that they can get better jobs. Learning English is key to this goal. Two English classes, which started in September 2016 and meet five days a week in the village, are taught by a Cambodian English teacher who is being guided by an American professor of linguistics and literacy, who is running the project. Funds are sought to supplement the class lessons by starting a library for students and their families, which will encourage them to continue to read and learn. Village families have already started building bookshelves for the project; now the books are needed to fill them!

#294: Bicycles, Cambodia: $50.00 will purchase a bicycle for student in the Singha Village in Cambodia. Students have to walk several miles each way on dusty, rough roads to get to school. The long daily commute adds challenges to their daily lives. The students who are fortunate enough to have bicycles often give rides to other students. On a service trip to Cambodia volunteers bought bikes to use during their service. It was then that they realized that providing bikes for their students would greatly impact their lives. At the end of their service trip the volunteers gave their bikes to students and started a campaign to raise funds to purchase additional bikes. Each year a group of volunteers returns to the village to assemble and distribute the bikes. Associated organization: Global Connections Project.

#256: Cambodia, Anti-Human Trafficking Comic Books:  $1.00 per book. Comic style booklets are being produced to warn families about the dangers and deceptive practices of human traffickers in Cambodia. The booklets are in the local language and tell a story of a village family.  They are distributed through the schools and community workshops.  These types of comics have been very popular and helpful to children, teachers and parents in Nepal, Mexico and Viet Nam where they have been distributed.

#242: Mobile Dental Clinic supplies, Cambodia: For $10.00 per child you can become a real Tooth Fairy. The first ever mobile dental clinic for a Cambodian village will treat 355 children. Cambodian dentists and dental nurses, with assistance from the California Student Dental Mission volunteers, will provide exams, extractions, filings, sealants and fluoride treatment. Oral hygiene lessons, toothbrushes and follow-up will be provided. These rural children have never seen a dentist and many suffer from pain, making it difficult to eat, sleep and learn.

#227: Student School Desks, Cambodia: Student School Desks, Cambodia: A wooden desk with a stool costs $30.00. Feeding Dreams School provides free education and a hot meal daily for children living in urban slums of Siem Reap. They urgently need desks for a newly constructed school classroom as numbers are growing rapidly. The promise of at least one nutritious meal each day boosts enrollment and promotes regular attendance. Parents are motivated to send their children to school instead of keeping them at home to work or care for siblings. The education they receive provides hope and dreams of a positive future.

#208: Cambodia, Computer: $600.00 will provide a computer for a university woman to further her studies. The Harpswell Foundation, www.harpswellfoundation.org, provides the only dormitories for university women in Phnom Penh. Each year several students are sent to US universities for a one-year post graduate fellowship. All the Harpswell young women, who are from very poor families, have been trained to become leaders in their country.

#188:  Cambodia:  School Desks, Tables and Blackboards:  There are five empty 3rd - 7th grade classrooms at the TaPang School in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. They each need desks ($35.00); a teacher's table and chair ($65.00) and a blackboard ($35.00).  The school has over 700 students with another 500 waiting. In Cambodia the teachers have a morning and afternoon session with two different groups of students.  Associated organization:  Friends of Cambodian Child's Dream Organization (CCDO), www.friendsofccd.org.   

#29: River of Life Orphanage, Phnom Penh, Cambodia: The River of Life Orphanage in Phnom Penh, Cambodia houses 17 orphans ranging in age from 3-14.  There are 6 girls and 11 boys.  They are located in a two story gated home which is safe.  It has a large playroom which also is used for meals and activities.  There are five bedrooms.  The bathrooms have toilet, shower and sink.  Two large balconies and a small courtyard are used for play.  It is located near the public school.. Rent is $300.00 per month.


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#54: Building Materials, Cambodia: A group home and school for children who previously worked as garbage pickers in Phnom Penh needs building supplies: $5.00 per can of paint; $8.00 per tile for flooring; and $22.00 for window screening. Associated organization: Centre for Children’s Happiness, www.cchcambodia.org.


#103: Water Well, Cambodia: $220.00 provides a hand pump well for a multi-generational family of farmers that normally would have to walk 3 km in each direction to get water, so that they can grow their vegetables to sell at the market. Associated Project: Friends of Cambodia Child's Dream, www.friendsofccd.org

#131:  School Kits, Cambodia:  $25.00 allows a student to go to school at the Little Angel City Orphanage in Siem Reap.  The kit includes a book bag, shoes, books, ruler, eraser, text book, pens, pencils, tooth brush and tooth paste.  Currently there are 70 students age 4-20.  $5.00 provides lunch for one child for one month.  Associated Organization: Friends of Cambodian Child’s Dream, www.friendsofccd.org.

#158:  Children's Books and Computer Station, Cambodia: $40.00 will purchase 50 Khmer language children's books; $60.00 will fund a computer station and chair and $400.00 will buy a desktop computer for the Sovann Komar Children's Village in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  The center provides abandoned and orphaned children with a home environment, education and health care. www.goldenchildren.org

#184: Hand Pump Wells, Cambodia:  $236.00 will provide a hand pump well and filter for rural families in Siem Reap and Odor Meachey Provinces in NW Cambodia. Currently very few families have a clean, safe source of water. These wells are for families who were displaced during the Pol Pot regime. Recipients include widows, widowers and physically frail persons. From 2009-2015: 285 water pump wells have been provided to rural families, schools and a health clinic in remote villages; 36 cement pipe wells (for deeper drilling) have been provided. A filter is provided for each well. Families share their well water with neighbors so additional filters are provided to neighbors so that they can filter water in their own home. 200 free standing filters have been provided. There are over 100 families waiting for wells. A maintenance fund guarantees that all drilled wells are maintained in operating condition. At the request of one of the remote villages, the Kouk Reangí Village Library was begun in 2014 and dedicated in January 2015. This Library serves 4 neighboring villages. A daily English Class has been offered since July 2015. Associated organization: www.cambodiaruralwells.org

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CHINA

#306: Reference Books, Bookshelf and Back-up Drive, Beijing China:  $277 will purchase three reference books (City Memories, - The General Survey Achievements and Protection of Courtyards in Beijing - Volumes, 1, 2 and 3). The Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center (CHP) is a Chinese non-governmental organization working to protect the unique cultural heritage of Beijing.  In March 2016 they launched Project Walk the Old City, a community investigation of cultural heritage in the old city of Beijing.  150 volunteers are conducting interviews and photographing and assessing the state of the cultural heritage in the old city.  The results of the survey will be publicly distributed and submitted as a report to the city government.   The organization could also use a back-up drive for $70.00 to archive the information. 

#219: Library Books and Projector, China: The Jingpo minority children of Yingpan village in Yunnan, China grow up in a highly impoverished, but ethnologically and ecologically very diverse area.  Drugs and AIDS leave many children as orphans and the under-funded local school system cannot meet their educational needs.  The nonprofit organization, Prop Roots, aimed at empowering the Jingpo children with their own culture and creativity, is establishing a small library for the children.  $3.00 Chinese and English books; $40.00 bookshelf; $45.00 projector screen for showing videos to children; and $300.00 projector.

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#190: China, School Libraries: The population in the Nu Jiang Prefecture in the Yunnan Province is 520,000, including over 10 different ethnic minorities. Many of the primary schools are located in remote mountain areas and are village based because of transportation difficulties. Most of them have less than 30 students. Generally these students do not have easy access to newspapers, magazines or books. A new school library costs $230.00 for books and shelves. Any contribution is appreciated.

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#173: Exam Materials and Novels, China: Exam papers ($2.00) and English and Chinese novels ($2.00 each) are needed by students at the primary school attached to Shaanxi Normal University and the No. 6 High School in Huxian County, near Xian, China.

PROJECT CLOSED

#13: Bedding
Shaanxi Province, China

Some 28,000 girls in the province of Shaanxi are unable to go to school, and most who do attend are forced to drop out after the third grade.  Three conditions are largely responsible for this situation: school fees, the long distances that many students must travel from home to class and the traditional belief that a formal education for girls is a low priority.

The Spring Bud (Chun-Lei) Scholarship Program was started by the All-China Women's Federation to provide education for girls in the most poverty stricken areas of the country.  Its objective is to eliminate illiteracy among the girls by providing nine years of compulsory education.  In 1994 the program was introduced in the Shaanxi Province.

Currently the Dragon Fund, through the Spring Bud program is providing financial support for 1000 girls in the An Kang and Shan Luo districts of Shaanxi.  The scholarship students come from families with an average per capita income of not more than $60/year.  There are 60% day students and 40% boarding students.  Many of the girls who now board were once walking five miles or more over mountainous terrain before dawn to reach school in time for classes.  Some of them had to carry firewood on their backs to use for cooking their lunches.

Further information: www.1990institute.org

 
#43: Chinese Traditional Art Supplies: Children at the Fu Li School (grades 6-12) in Guilin, China need rice paper $30.00, ink $30.00 and brushes $30.00 to learn to paint traditional Chinese paintings in order to have a means of income when they graduate. 70% of these students are orphans who live at the school.

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#81: Wheelchairs, China: $76 will provide a wheelchair for a disabled person in the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous region, western Sichuan province, China.  A list of 50 people has been developed by the county branches of the Disabled Person’s Federation.  A team of volunteer physical therapists and doctors ensures that the chairs are appropriate for the individual’s needs.  Associated Organization: www.khamaid.org

PROJECT CLOSED 

#86: Books, China: $5.00 - $50 will buy books for the Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center Library. This grass roots library is a specialized heritage protection learning and research resource center helping local communities to protect their cultural heritage.

PROJECT CLOSED

#118: Earthquake Relief, China:  Earthquake victims in the Sichuan Province need warm clothing and food to get them through the winter.  $10:00 will buy a sweat shirt and pants and $18 provides bedding. $98.00 provides rice, oil, salt, meat and vegetables for 6 months.

PROJECT CLOSED

#148: Village Visual Library, Yunnan Province, China: The Pumi ethnic minority have established a small library in the remote village of Yushichang. They need a TV set, $375.00; a DVD player, $45.00; DVD's, $3.00 each and books, $2.00 for learning about organic farming, herbal medicine farming, husbandry technology, environment, education and law.
Associated Group: Tufeng Project.

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FIJI

#310: Garden Supplies, Fiji:  This year the village of Nanukuloa was left devastated by Cyclone Winston, one of the strongest cyclones in recorded history.  Many villagers were displaced and are currently living in tents.  While the community is receiving non-perishable food rations, these are not meeting their nutritional needs.  By receiving materials to grow their own fresh produce, the community and their United States Peace Corps volunteer will work together to grow a sustainable food source to offset the challenges brought by Cyclone Winston.  Individual items needed: seed packets, $6.00; digging forks, $40.00; spades, $30.00; fish fertilizer, $8.00; seed starter trays, $4.00; one shade netting, $144.00.

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INDIA

#299: Schoolroom Construction Supplies, India: Mount View School is located in a remote part of Nagaland, in north east India (bordering Myanmar (Burma).  It is the best private school in the region which caters to about 30 villages.  It was started by an educator, Hotoshe Sema and his wife Aboli.  They try their best to give quality education to the children, even hiring teachers from larger towns.  The school building is deteriorating, so construction supplies are needed for new school rooms. $1.00 will buy 6 bricks and $8.00 will buy a bag of cement. 

#283: Infant Weighing Scale and Mixer-Grinder, India:  Approximately $70.00 will provide an infant weighing scale and $55.00 will provide a Mixer-Grinder for multi-grains for children in a childcare project. The scale will allow growth measurement of the child and the mixer-grinder will help prepare nutritious food.  Mobile Creches provides child care services at construction sites for a migrant population.  This program releases the older child from the responsibilities of sibling care and allows the mother to go to work.  The day-care program runs from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 6 days a week at the construction sites.  The services include educational activities for children from birth to age 12; preventive and curative healthcare, nutritional food and access to health services.  These programs strike at the root of poverty by breaking the cycle of ill health, poor skills and low income. 

#275: Pre-Mature Baby Warmers, India:  $200 will provide an Embrace infant warmer.  When infants are born prematurely they lack the body fat necessary to regulate their own temperature.  This warmer assists low birth weight and premature infants suffering from hypothermia in developing countries.  The warmer costs less than 1% of an incubator, is durable, portable, hygienic, safe and effective and it can be reused up to 50 times.  India accounts for nearly 30% of the global total of neonatal deaths.  The state of Uttar Pradesh accounts for one-quarter of India's total neonatal deaths and 8% of those worldwide.  The neonatal rate for Uttar Pradesh is 50 deaths per 1,000 live births.  These warmers will be used in Raebareli, India, a district where over 90% of the residents live in rural areas.  Associated Organization:  Embrace is a nonprofit organization with a mission to advance maternal and child health by delivering solutions to the world's most vulnerable populations.  www.embraceglobal.org

#271: Spinning Wheel, India:  $400 will buy a portable spinning wheel.  A US non-profit organization raised funds to build the Cashmere Craft Center in Panong and provided training for the village women to learn how to spin cashmere for the Western market.  The eco-built facility enables them not only to earn income by creating handspun cashmere, but also provides a safe space where their children can come and play.  For all too long the cashmere herders in this remote area of the Himalayas have been forced to sell the raw material for a fraction of the true market value.  Now with their earnings they will be able to send their children to school and buy household items that ease some of the challenges of living in the harsh conditions at 15,000 feet.  The wheels will be manufactured in the US and provided at cost by the manufacturer.
Associated Organization: Keep The Fleece.

#248: Food, Iron Sucrose Injections and Blood Transfusions, India: Maternal mortality in the rural tribal area of Gujarat State is 150 women per 100,000 births.  The main cause of death after delivery is post partum hemorrhage.  In order to improve maternal health, Shamlaji Hospital provides injections of iron sucrose totally free of cost since most of the patients cannot afford the cost of an injection, which is approximately $2.50.  Patients have to complete the course of 5 injections (approximately $12.50). It is very necessary for prenatal patients to maintain the proper ratio of HB (hemoglobin blood) to avoid complications during pregnancy. Sometimes it is necessary to transfuse blood to the patient having HB below 4 gm. Cost of 1 bottle of blood is between $12.00 - $15.00.   The government gives grants for poor patients but this expense is above the government grant.  In addition, high calorie nutritious food packages ($3.00) are provided. Associated organization: All India Movement for Seva.

#204: India, New Baby Kits: When a new baby leaves the hospital the parents are given two kits which include a diaper, cap top and a clean cloth to wrap the baby in. One kit costs $1.00. Two medical doctors have returned to Gujarat, India to dedicate their lives to serving rural and tribal people.  At this not-for-profit medical center hospital there are approximately 35-40 deliveries a month. www.shamlajihospital.org

#16: Clothing, Orissa, India: The Ruchika Social Service Organization in Orissa, India provides advocacy, alternative education, health care, nutrition, a shelter, hotline and mobile medical clinic for street children, child laborers and children and mothers living in the slums of Bhubaneswar.  The children are educated on the train platforms prior to working sorting ad selling paper and plastics or begging on the trains. Program Associated with the Project: Ruchika Social Service Organization, www.whole-child.org.

 
#77: School Tables, Chairs and Workbooks, India: $35.00 will provide a table and $10 will buy chairs constructed by village carpenters in Samthar; India. $10.00 will purchase a student workbook for an English for Young Learners classroom. Associated Organization: Project Awake and Shine.

 
#95:  Musical Instruments, Ladakh, India: $26.00 will buy a flute, $64.00 will buy an acoustic guitar and $360.00 will buy a keyboard for visually impaired children at the Mahabodhi School and Hostel for Visually Impaired.  Students who are generally ignored are receiving care and vocational training.  Associated Organization:  www.mahabodhi-ladakh.org.

#120:  School Materials, Orissa, India:  The following items are needed for a preschool for disadvantaged, indigenous children: $9.00 student writing boards; $13.00 teacher writing boards; $20.00 sitting mats; $25.00 storage rack; and $40.00 school supplies.  Associated organization: www.vikash.org.

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#123: Electrification Supplies, Bangalore, India: The Bapagrama School provides free education, agricultural training and a health clinic for high school and college students from the poorest families. The following items are needed to provide electricity to the facility: Electric wires: $65.00, cables: $112, poles: $95.00, switch box: $65, outlets: $118.00, tube lighting: $48:00 and cement: $40.00 and sand $65.00 for plastering.

 

#151: School Roof, Bangalore, India: Supplies are needed to renovate the roof (originally built in 1949) of the Bapagrama School for 400 students and staff. Steel reinforcement rods, $61.00; Cinder block, $2.00 per block; Cement, $48.00; Roof slabs, $114.00; Sand, $69.00, Plywood, $26.00; PVC pipe, $23.00; and Aluminum sheets $258. This school provides free, quality education to the poorest children in outlying rural areas.

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INDONESIA

#326: Female Dog Sterilization, De-worming and Food, Kuta Lombok, Indonesia: $50 will pay for a female dog sterilization; $5.00 for a scabies shot; $5.00 for de-worming and $5.00 for food for one dog for a week.  The Kuta Lombok Dogs project was founded in 2015 to help the stray dogs of South Lombok, Indonesia.  On this island of pristine beaches and breathtaking scenery, the dogs face a hard time as they fight for survival.  Food, water and shelter are limited and they are constantly being chased away by the local people who are trying to safeguard their livestock and villages.  This project works in cooperation with a number of local veterinarians.  The project conducts sterilization programs to control the population humanely; treats sick or injured dogs, feeds dogs; tries to find homes for the strays and organizes education events for local people.

#303: Oxygen Tank Refills, Indonesian Borneo: $16.00 will refill an oxygen tank. The 2015 fire season in Indonesia was the worst year on record; over 120,000 separate instances of fire were detected.  Alam Sehat Lestari's (ASRI's), health clinic location in West Kalimantan was covered in a sheet of haze for months. During the haze, the ASRI clinic registered a 48% increase in the number of patients presenting respiratory-related aggravated conditions caused by the haze. If the haze continues to occur annually, the majority of the district population will be at risk of developing chronic respiratory ailments over the long-term. Because of the increase in patients with respiratory problems, ASRI's rural location and the high cost of oxygen, oxygen tank refills are needed. 

Health In Harmony supports ASRI, an Indonesian nonprofit organization in West Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo to improve both environmental and human health in the communities around Gunung Palung National Park (GPNP). Gunung Palung National Park is a 90,000-hectare protected area of rainforest, home to 5-10% of the world’s orangutans, and a vital watershed that supports 60,000 people living on its borders. ASRI’s health clinic provides medical and dental care, and promotes the protection of the forest by offering health discounts to villages that stop logging in GPNP. Patients also have the ability to pay for the clinic through incentives such as working on reforestation projects and trading seedlings or organic manure.

#223: Program Equipment and Supplies, Indonesia:  YAKKUM Rehabilitation is a non-governmental organization in Yogyakarta which provides medical services and education and vocational training for young Indonesians who have permanent disabilities.  Their goal is to assist the individuals to become independent physically, economically and socially. Their education program aims to improve literacy and physical mobility.  The following items are needed: Slide, $190.00; Swing, $145; Educational toys, $5.00 - $10.00 per toy; Musical instruments, $38.00 per instrument; Books approximately $10.00 each.  The center serves 1000 people with disabilities through rehabilitation programs at the Center and in the villages..  Most of the young people stay at the Center to access treatment and to develop the skill base necessary in order to return to their communities and live as independently as possible.  Young children who suffer from cerebral palsy also come to the center each day on an outpatient basis.  

#215: Indonesia, Bicycles: $125.00 will provide a bicycle for a child in the town of Sukadana which is located at the foothills of the Gunung Palung rain forest. The bicycles provide transportation to school and a community farm project. They are beneficial to the rider and the environment. Associated organization: Health in Harmony, heathinharmony.org.

#71: Food, Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia: Every Thursday food is distributed by volunteers to men, women and children in need. The food costs per person are: $.16 for rice; $.11 for milk; $.07 for crackers; and $.09 for noodles.

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#33:  Soup Kitchen and Medical supplies, Banda Aceh, northern Sumatra: Posko Kita Relief Center in Banda Aceh, northern Sumatra, needs funds to support women and children affected by the tsunami.  The volunteer-operated center is providing a refuge, soup kitchen, medical facility and communication center.

PROJECT COMPLETED

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LAOS

#212: Laos, Baby Blankets & Diapers: $5.00 will provide a new born baby with an undergarment, hat, blanket and two diapers to go home. 1200 babies are born in this Luang Prabang, Laos hospital each year. 50% of the families cannot afford to provide these items for their newborn.

#114: Rabbit Hutches, Laos: Each rabbit hutch costs $30.00, and six additional hutches are needed for rabbit breeding at an orphanage in rural Laos. The children at the orphanage raise their own vegetables but they are protein deficient. The older girls keep the hutches clean and feed the rabbits. There are a total of 391 children at the orphanage.

#50: Improving Health, Laos: $100.00 provides a tank for water collection and a trough for washing hands for 300 students at the Pakthong Primary School in Vientiane. $120.00 will buy a septic tank, $200.00 provides one stall with a water-sealed toilet.

 
#74: Medicine and Winter Coats, Laos: $2.50 will buy a warm jacket and $50.00 will purchase medicines for one year for children at the Luang Prabang Orphanage where 350 children from 7 to 16 years of age live. Many children have lost their parents due to unexploded bombs left over from the Vietnam war.

#80: Cleft Palate and Lip Operation Expenses, Laos: $21.00 provides transportation by boat or bus; $17.00 pays for food for the patient and one family member for 4 days; $20.00 pays for medication.  Surgery and operating costs are paid by Interplast and other volunteer medical teams.
 

#147: Gardening Tools, Laos: Tools are needed for the Numbuk Orphanage, ages 10-16 and Ethnic High School for a vegetable garden for 470 students. Rakes and trowels, $2.00 each; machetes and watering cans, $3.00 each; digging tools, $4.00 each and shovels, $5.00 each.

#183: Bikes, Laos:  Children in this Laotian village have to walk over two hours to get to high school, so many of them drop out of school.  $85.00 will buy a bike that can handle the rough terrain.  The bike will provide transportation so that they can attend school.

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MONGOLIA

#278: Motorcycle Parts, Mongolia: Park rangers patrol an area four times the size of Yellowstone National Park on foot and reindeer-back.  The Ride for Rangers 2015 put on by the Mongolian Ecology Center will bring together riders from around the world to deliver 20 tough motorcycles to 20 park rangers in three national parks on the Siberian border.  They will be used to patrol these nascent and underfunded parks to prevent the uncontrolled exploitation that recent industrialization has caused which is threatening the flora, fauna and indigenous peoples of this lesser known region.  To keep the motorcycles running the following are needed: $50.00 tires; $7.00 tubes; $80.00 wheel rims; $50.00 chains; and $8.00 spark plugs.  These are needed maintenance items for operating motorcycles in this harsh environment.

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NEPAL

#279: Relief Aid, Nepal: Global Family Village (GFV-Nepal) is sending out teams to support earthquake victims in villages near the Kathmandu Valley that are not yet being assisted by the larger aid organizations. GFV-N is delivering water filters, non-prescription medicine, Betadine antiseptic solution, bandages, blankets and food packets. Funding is required to help purchase these items as well as to buy petrol for the vehicles.

#265: Sewing Machines, Udayapur District, Nepal: This women’s empowerment project is requesting five sewing machines, $100 each; funds for repair and maintenance, $30 per machine; and $100 for associated training materials.  The sewing machines are primarily for poor rural women of Udayapur district, one of 75 districts in Nepal, which is approximately 100 miles south east of Kathmandu.   Until recently, residents of this remote district had no electricity, telephones or modern sanitation.  Now these women, who have already formed the first group, desire to be self-employed and self-sufficient. . A local instructor will teach the group of 50 women.  After three months they will have adequate skills to open a small tailoring shop.  Moreover, the training will be ongoing so that other groups of 50 can benefit from the same five machines. 

#257: Nepal, School Room Construction: $300.00 can build a two-room school in Udayapur, Nepal.  Many families have relocated to this area by a large river but there is no school available.  The villagers will provide the labor for the primary school but they need funds for the construction materials.  The school would be a simple bamboo structure with a thatched roof.  Udaipur is one of the poorest and least developed districts of eastern Nepal.  It is home to an indigenous community of Mushars, who are marginalized and illiterate.

#251: Library Books, Nepal: $50.00 will provide library books in English and Nepali for a first through third grade classroom.  Currently there are very few books in each class.  The Little Sisters Foundation (http://www.littlesistersfund.org) has provided training to primary teachers and they have realized the need for these books. 

#236: School Uniforms and School Supplies, Nepal: The International Women's Sewing Group in Nepal supports up to 200-300 needy students in Kathmandu and in the hill villages. They have requested assistance in providing school uniforms, $5.00 and school supplies, $3.00/per student for the school year.

#187: Nepal:  Student Uniforms, Desks and Benches: Many students cannot attend school unless they have a uniform and many families cannot afford this cost so students are denied access to education. $5.00 provides a shirt and pants for a boy or a shirt and skirt for a girl.  The Shree Birenda Primary School in a rural, impoverished area 200km from Kathmandu, serves 291 students up to the 5th grade.  The enrollment is increasing and new desks and benches are needed. $48.00 provides a desk and bench for four students.  Associated organization: International Women's Sewing Group.

#133: Library Books, Nepal:  $1.50 - $7.00 will purchase a book in English or Nepalese. Currently there is no library at this school for 278 students, age 4-15 which serves poor ethnic Tharu and other low caste children. The school was built by the Harnahari farmer villagers who rent and work the land.

Here is a list of the Lantern Projects that are in Nepal. You can read about all projects in Nepal on this page. If you would like to read more about a particular project, please click on its "Read More" link.

#1: Ilam Clinic, New Wing, Eyeglasses: $3.50 contribution will be matched by the Lions Club to provide new glasses for a child or adult through the Himalayan Health Care Eyeglasses Fund. The glasses will be distributed through the new hospital/clinic in Ilam, Nepal. This hospital will serve a large population in rural Eastern Nepal that previously has lacked adequate medical care. Organization Associated with Project: www.himalayan-healthcare.org.

#9: Orphanage Infant Items: The Bal Mandir Orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal needs the following items: baby blankets, $15; crib sheets, $14/pair; nursing bottles, $2; pacifiers, $2; plastic diaper covers, $4; soft teddy rattles, $17 for 4; musical mobiles, $25. Organization Associated with Project: National Children's Organization (NCO), Nepal, www.nconepal.org. Read More...

#28: Tin Roof and School Supplies: The Basaha Village Development Committee in eastern Nepal is building a school classroom for the Shri Jana Jyoti Primary School so students do not have to be outside in the rain. Funds are needed for the roof: $5 for nails; $20 for wire; $20 for wooden pieces and $192 for 4 bundles of corrugated sheets. $5 provides school supplies. Read More...

#31: Computer: $416.00 will provide a computer for the Shree Mahendra National Secondary School in Bikram Sambat, Nepal. The community runs this government school of 472 students. Currently there is no computer. Organization Associated with the Project: International Women's Sewing Group. Read More...

#42: Improving Health and Sanitary Conditions, Nepal: $25.00 provides seeds and training for a family vegetable garden. $50.00 provides a latrine. $200.00 covers the cost of the construction of a water tap. The use of the water tap and latrine will minimize disease and unsanitary conditions. Associated organization: Educate The Children, www.etc-nepal.org. Read More...

#65: Cribs, Nepal: $48.00 will provide a new crib at the Bal Mandir Orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal.  Currently 3-4 children are sharing a crib.  This causes skin diseases, illness and unsanitary conditions.  Having their own crib would improve their health, sanitation and well-being.  Associated organization: National Children’s Organization of Nepal. www.nconepal.org. Read More...

#66: Stoves, Bedding and Clothing for Leper Colony in Nepal: $7.00 will buy a woman’s shawl or men’s sweater; $10.00 will buy a winter quilt and $17.00 will provide a kerosene stove for one elderly leprosy victim living in a colony near Pokhara, Nepal.  Associated Organization:  www.virtueschildrennepal.org. Read More...

#79: Hospital Supplies, Nepal: $5.00 will provide a bedcover, $114 will provide medical instrument wrappers and hospital clothing and $171 will buy material for curtains for doors and windows at a district hospital in Parasi, Nepal.  Associated Organization:  International Women’s Sewing Group, Nepal.
 
#91:  School Supplies, Nepal: $17.00 will provide a school uniform, backpack and basic supplies for a child to go to school for a year in Kathmandu.  Without these supplies it is virtually impossible for these impoverished children to attend class.  Associated organization:  Global Family Village Nepal.
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#97:  New Classroom, Beltar Village, Udayapur district of Nepal: Following are needed to build a classroom for the Raktamala Primary School: $70 Cement; $70 Sand; $70 Wood, $210 Bricks and $70 Classroom Furniture.  Labor and local materials will be donated by the villagers.   
 
 
#105: Goats, Bees, & Mushrooms, Nepal: The following are needed for the Nestling Home: $17.00 for a goat, $22.00 for a beehive; $20.00 for mushroom seed packets and $328.00 for a greenhouse for off-season vegetable production. This home provides indigent children of prisoners with food, shelter, education and vocational training. Associated Organization: PAM (Prisoners Assistance Mission/Nepal). Read More...

#119:  Two Room School, Nepal:  Construction supplies for a school for poor children in the rural Udayapour District would cost as follows:  Bricks: $68.00; Cement: $44.00; Sand $30.00; Wood: $15.00; and Corrugated Roofing Sheets: $118.00.  

#124: Braille Paper and School Uniforms, Nepal: There is a special unit for underprivileged, talented, blind students at the Shree Damkada Higher Secondary School in west Nepal. In order to attend they need Braille paper, $10.00 and a school uniform, $7.00 for the material. The International Women’s Sewing Club will make the uniforms.

 

#127: Latrines, Nepal: The Kitini Public School outside of Kathmandu only has two latrines for 1400 students, grades nursery - 12. New latrines cost $350.00. Some students do not come to school because of the lack of latrines. Associated organization: Global Family Village, www.globalfamilyvillage.org.

#133: Library Books, Nepal: $1.50 - $7.00 will purchase a book in English or Nepalese. Currently there is no library at this school for 278 students, age 4-15 which serves poor ethnic Tharu and other low caste children. The school was built by the Harnahari farmer villagers who rent and work the land.

#153: Portable Slit Lamp, Nepal: Mobile eye examination clinics serving 48 rural villages with 350,000 people in Nepal need a portable slit lamp in order to diagnose cataracts. Patients are then referred to the only hospital in the area where physicians are available to perform this surgery. Lantern Projects will partner with other organizations to raise the $3000.00 cost.

#169: Computer, Nepal: $415.00 will provide a computer and $140.00 will buy a printer for the Janata Lower Secondary School (grades 1-8) in western Nepal. This would be the only computer at the school. The majority of the students come from impoverished communities. Associated Organization: International Women’s Sewing Group.

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NORTH KOREA

#291: Hearing Equipment, North Korea: $190 will provide a fibre-optic otoscope used for ear examinations; $675 will provide an aural suction unit which is used to treat ear infections and $990 will provide a free-field paediatric screening audiometer which is used to determine hearing levels in infants.  All Ears International is establishing specialist health services for hearing impaired children in North Korea. The aim is to create an autonomous audiology and primary ear health care unit in Pyongyang – one which focuses on children. Services include primary ear health care (treatment of common outer/middle ear diseases), diagnostic audiology (hearing tests) and aural rehabilitation (hearing aid fittings and ear mould manufacture). Outreach clinics at the provincial level are an integral part of the service (currently focused on schools for the deaf) as are hearing screening of particular target groups (e.g. newborns, school children). The All Ears North Korea program is currently aiming to improve precision of hearing test protocols for infants (approx. 6 months to 30 months) and difficult-to-test children. Earlier detection counters the effects of hearing loss on language acquisition and cognitive development and so provides children greater parity in education and better quality of life. 

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PHILIPPINES

#268: Fishing Nets and Gear, Philippines:  The UN estimates that 30,000 fishing boats were damaged or destroyed and nearly 3/4 of the fishing communities were severely affected with the loss of boats, nets and cages, due to Typhoon Haiyan in Northern Cebu, Philippines.  Rotary Clubs in the Philippines and other organizations are replacing the two-man boats, but the fishermen need fishing nets and gear for crabs and fish.  The cost is $225.00 - $320.00 per set for two fishermen.  Generally the fishermen are father and son or relatives.  Families whose livelihood depends on fishing are considered the poorest among the poor.  The whole family was impacted by the loss of the means to fish.  For instance, women prepare and repair the gear as well as process and sell the fish.  With the new nets and gear they would expect a higher yield and thus a better income.

#252: Books for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines: $1.00 can buy 3 books.  Only 4 out of 13 school divisions in Leyte and Samar (Cities of Tacloban and Ormoc) remained in operation after Typhoon Haiyan. A total of 4,132 public schools and 1,107,367 students were affected.

#246: Tool Library Project for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines: Funds are needed for the purchase of construction tool kits ($300) to be loaned out to organized groups of families wanting to rebuild their homes. The tool kits will be returned to the library after use. One tool box includes multiple hammers, measuring tapes, levels, pliers, screw drivers, saws, wrenches, chisels, gloves, hard hats and a riveter. Typhoon Haiyan affected a total of 3,424,593 families 16,078,181 persons in 44 Philippine provinces, 591 municipalities and 57 cities.  Out of the total affected, 890,895 families were displaced.  The number of damaged houses totals 1,140,332 (550,928 totally damaged and 589,404 partially damaged).  Associated Organization: Rotary.

#185: Library Floor Tiles & Paint, Philippines: The Dr. Vicente Gonzaga Library serves an elementary school of 220 students, grades 1-6 in the barrio of Sagay, near Bacolod City, Philippines.  The library is being refurbished and they need $700.00 for floor tiles and paint. The villagers will volunteer their labor.  Any amount toward this goal will be appreciated.  Culturally appropriate books will be provided by Books for the Barrios.

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SRI LANKA

#313: School Library Ceiling, Sri Lanka: The Damsara Elder Society is conducting a community service project by refurbishing a school in a very rural village where most families have extremely low incomes.  The Society now needs supplies for repairing the school library ceiling.  They need the following types of items to accomplish this task: Electric Cables, $42.00; Wiring, $43.00; Casing, $36.00; LED lights, $36.00; nails and clips, $8.00; wall fan, $54.00; T-bars, $88.00; and ceiling sheets, $173.00.  The school serves 117 students, age 5-16.

#296: Hospital Repair, Sri Lanka: Ward #2 of the Radawana Hospital in the western province of Sri Lanka needs repair materials. Paint: $100.00; Brushes: $9.00; Thinner: $7.00; 6 Toilet Doors at $48.00 each; Commode: $65:00; and Main Entrance Gate: $31.00. This hospital is located in a rural area and serves elderly citizens. Associated Organization: Damsara Elders Society. There are 198 members in the society. Many are from low income families but they are very active in helping others in their community.

#34: Rebuilding of schools, hospitals, and homes, Colombo Metro and Trincomallee, Sri Lanka: The Rotary Clubs of Colombo Metro and Trincomallee, Sri Lanka are coordinating a rehabilitation program for the rebuilding of schools, hospitals and homes in Trincomallee where 86,000 people are in temporary refugee camps.

#36: Water Purification System Replacement Parts and Supplies, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Colombo West Rotary Club in Sri Lanka and the Sunnyvale Rotary Club are raising funds for water purification systems.  They are being flown to Sri Lanka free of charge. The Sri Lankan Rotarians will provide the water pumps and install and maintain the systems. The replacement parts and supplies to keep each system running at maximum capacity for one year cost $800.

#40: 252 Family Project: These families are rebuilding their homes and their lives. They need household goods such as beds, chairs, stoves and tables. For their work they need to replace items such as saws, drills and diving gear. Most items cost under $100.00.

#141: Supplies, Sri Lanka: Supplies are needed for educational and training programs (Life Skills, English, Technology and Leadership) for disadvantaged youth. Dry erase marker board and eraser, $15.00; Stapler and staples, $13.00; Markers, $5.00: Masking tape, $2.00; and Pens, $1.20.
www.VisionsForTheFuture.org.

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THAILAND

#35:  Replacement of Commercial Fishing Equipment, Takua Pa, Thailand: The Thailand Takua Pa Rotary Club and San Francisco Bay Area Rotary Clubs are partners in raising funds for nets, traps and material to repair Thai boats. 
#99: Bedding, Thailand: $15.00 buys bedding for orphans and vulnerable children who are living in hill areas in Northern Thailand. Most of the children have fled across the border from Burma, with family members, neighbors or other children. Associated Organization: Foundation for the People of Burma, www.foundationburma.org.

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TIBET

#8: Solar Lanterns
Dhonsho Village in Tibet

Solar Lanterns were requested for the Dhonsho Village in Tibet. The majority of Tibetans in rural areas use diesel fuel for lamps. Diesel is expensive, frequently unaffordable, and causes burns and serious health problems. My phlegm is black every morning from burning diesel, says a villager. Solar Lanterns are durable, easy to use and carry from room to room. They reduce health risks and fire hazards, prevent injury from tripping at night, help children study, and parents work on an income-generating craft.

The Tibetan Village Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating poverty in Tibet through healthcare, education and other sustainable development projects that empower Tibetans to live self-sufficient lives. This  project  is part of The Sustainable Village, www.thesustainablevillage.com.  The Sustainable Village donates/invests all profits for microfinance and microenterprise projects in developing countries. As a way of further helping the villagers and undermining the roots of poverty, we help import the products back. These are mainly fair-trade items, organic, and made with renewable energy with no or little pollution resulting in their creation.

The Sustainable Village provides solutions to global problems using renewable energy and appropriate technology. We help projects in developing countries concerning energy generation, safe water, public health, long-distance communications, sustainable agriculture, and micro-enterprise employment. We provide the "hard technology" for these projects: design and engineering, equipment and parts supply, international delivery, training and installation. 

 
#45: School Supplies and Clothing, Tibet: $19.00 will buy pens and pencils, $50.00 will buy student books and notebooks and $75.00 will buy student clothing and shoes for a student for 1 year at the Jonang Primary School in Amdo, Tibet. This is the only primary school in a 3-day radius. Associated organization: Jonang Foundation, www.jonangfoundation.org.

#163:  Crutches, Tibet:  $30.00 will purchase a pair of crutches for survivors from the 6.9 earthquake in the Qinghai province of China and other disabled Tibetans in the region.  Many people are recuperating in hospitals and will need crutches when they are released.  Associated Organization:  Kham Foundation, www.khamaid.org.

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VIETNAM

#304: Used Bicycles and Dental Kits, Viet Nam: $28.00 will provide a used bicycle and $3.00 will provide a dental kit for street children in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).  Some of these children sleep on the street while others live in the deepest alleys in very unhygienic places that are near open sewage and trash lands.  Most sell lottery tickets or fruit, beg for money or go through garbage to find recyclables to make a living.  Their parent/parents are unskilled and can only get the lowest jobs in the City.  Saigon Corners, a group of volunteers that work with disadvantaged and street kids are helping these children to go to school or vocational training.  The bicycles are needed to get to classes and the dental kits are needed because of poor dental hygiene. 

#203: Vietnam, air conditioner: $750 will provide an air conditioner for the Go Vap Orphanage, in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).  The orphanage houses children from birth to 18 years who are affected by Agent Orange.  Because of their disabilities these children are often in their beds 24 hours a day.  The spring and summer season in Vietnam can reach triple digits on a regular basis.  An air conditioner would provide relief.

#196: Vietnam, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste and Fluoride:  $10.00 buys fluoride treatments for a child, oral heath and nutrition materials and toothbrushes and toothpaste for the child and his/her family for one year.  The Vietnam Tooth Project focuses on preventing tooth decay and malnutrition by educating teachers and families about good nutrition, providing free toothbrushes and toothpaste and applying varnish on children's teeth.

#7: School Furniture: $10 will provide a chalkboard and chalk: $35 will provide desks and $14 will provide chairs for small 2-room primary schools in the Thai Nguyen, Danang and Dong Ha provinces of Vietnam. Organization Associated with the Project: www.eastmeetswest.org. Read More...



#32: Safe Drinking Water: $2.50 purchases 1 meter of piping that will help deliver water to needy homes in the Quang Nam Province in Vietnam. A safe water source from the ground is located. A submersible pump is dropped into a well and piping is installed to direct the water source to the water tower. Through a gravity feed it is filtered and then piped to homes. $2000 provides a filter for hundreds of households. Program Associated with the Project: East Meets West Foundation, www.eastmeetswest.org. Read More...

#44: Hospital Trip, Vietnam: Many children (below the age of 16) in remote rural areas do not have access to adequate health care. When a child has a medical condition or illness, $50.00 - $100 will pay for transportation to a hospital in a major city, examination fees, laboratory fees, and medicine as well as temporary housing and meals.
www.eastmeetswest.org. Read More...

#72: Clothing and School Supplies, Da Nang, Vietnam: $2.00 pays for socks and raincoats; $4.00 for a traditional dress for girls or a school uniform for boys; and $7.00 provides a notebook, pens and supplies for orphaned, disadvantaged, disabled or at-risk children ages 6 –17. There are 150 students at the Village of Hope; 45 students are deaf. Associated organization: East Meets West, www.eastmeetswest.org. Read More...

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