Gisel Nachtigal wrote -
UPDATE: 5/31/13 Tim (founder of Champions House) wrote this update today: Dear Gisel - We ended up getting a little more durable pad, (like a wrestling mat) blue in color. They are the same material used on the seats of Indian trains. If you ever have seen how many Indians can pile on a train seat, they must be very durable. We also bought 45, 2 for the widow cooks that sleep with them and 3 extra. They were about $2300 total with shipping on a truck from Hyderabad, about 8 hrs.
The children love their beds. They are sleeping comfortably and waking up more healthier. They are as happy over these beds as our kids receiving an Ipad.
Pastor Samuel says that they sit on them as well.
They are holding their new blankets in the photos. Blankets are light weight in India.
I have a few more photos but these seemed best of them.
UPDATE: 5/31/13 from gisel: When I saw the photos with the banner, I felt a little embarassed that it had my name on it because all of YOU wonderful donors should have YOUR names there as well. Tim said that banners are an "India thing". He said when he visited the orphange, they had ordered several banners to welcome him and hung them all over and that the banners are very inexpensive in India.
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!
ORIGINAL FUNDRAISING PLAN: I'm using my birthday as a fund-raising opportunity to support an orphange in India. Right now the children sleep on bamboo mats (no padding) on a cold concrete floor and the immediate need is mattresses and bedding. Please no presents or cards for me - let's funnel funds towards these kids who have so little.
Champions House Foundation, a non-profit, was started by a gentleman near my home town in South Dakota. He's doing amazing things for this orphanage.
With the money we raise, Pastor Samuel (our contact at the orphanage) will purchase black vinyl sleeping mattresses with 2" of thick foam, approximately 3' x 5' wide. The vinyl makes the mattresses durable and washable. Until frames can be built the mattresses can used on the floor, easily stored in a corner during the day and in the future be used on bunk beds.
The founder of the foundation is Tim Rancour and his life goal is to construct an orphanage for these children. But for right now, getting the kids these mattresses and bedding will help to curb the constant illnesses caused from sleeping on a cold, damp floor. There are 40 orphans and the cost for mattresses is $42 each = $1680 and Tim estimates and additional $400 for bedding. If there's any extra money, we'll use it for school supplies.
You can't change the world, but you can easily change the world for one person. Please help me celebrate my birthday by supporting this project.
Visit the Champions House Foundation's Facebook page to see all the great work that Tim and his team of volunteers are doing or at www.championshouse.org