What was Achieved in September 2001
At the beginning of September 2001 I made my third trip to Dhaka and the Bottomley Home Orphanage. This was Paid for out of my own pocket, all the monies donated go to improving the lives of the children in the orphanage. Using your donations I was able to to contribute to the well-being of the children in the following way:
1200 exercise books, 1440 pencils, 140 geometry sets, 900 pens, 150 rulers and 125,000 sheets of A4 paper and 100 sheets of A3 art paper at a total of cost about £550. I also arranged 90 pairs of school shoes at £185.
The school that the children attend free is one of the best in Bangladesh and if they had to pay it would cost their families the UK equivalent of £20,000 per year.
Medical services in Bangladesh are not free. The Orphanage has trained carers. Medicines that are only supplied on prescription in the UK are available over the counter, but very expensive, in Bangladesh. I, with advice of the carers, bought a years supply of basic medicines. The total cost was £1000. I was also able to contacted a doctor with links to UNICEF and the Orphanage who is willing to help in the further training of carers at the Orphanage.
I bought 2 new treadle operated Singer sewing machine to add to those that the Orphanage already has. These machines cannot be electric as the public supply is both erratic and expensive. The total cost was about £150. The machines are used by the older girls to help make clothes for themselves and the younger children
Finally, please note that I an Atheist with Aminda a Buddhist borrowed a van from a Muslim to take supplies bought with your donations from a Hindu trader to a Christian orphanage. Isn't this the way it should be?
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