The year 2014 has been a year of consolidation in regards to our projects. 2013 saw us complete our 2 biggest infrastructure projects since our inception 11 years ago.
The kitchen and dining room construction for the Wallaito school in Sodo, Ethiopia cost over $40,000 impacting on 700 children who attend that school. This project was solely funded by Tony and Robyn Bowden.
The other big project we completed last year was the completion of the land and hostel package which enabled children from remote villages in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh to have a pathway to attend high school in the nearest big town, Bandarban where they can now stay in a hostel. This project enables children who previously could only attend primary school in their villages to strive to even achieve tertiary education.
Maree and Richard Gay funded a third of this project with Cobra and Mongoose raising 2/3rds of the finances to finish the project.
The opening ceremony for the second handicapped boys home in Polonnaruman, Sri Lanka which we have entirely funded has just occurred after years of gradually building the complex. 30-35 adolescent boys will be housed here.
We have restrained from starting any new projects this year, as we have grown so quickly over the past few years and don’t want to overcommit ourselves.
Funding schools in India, Bangladesh and Ethiopia is an ongoing and expensive exercise and we don’t want to let any children down as this is their chance of a lifetime to escape the poverty cycle their family is in.
100% of the money raised goes into funding our projects.