The deep well is online. One of the solar panels is working; another one is needed. Va Sament, the groundskeeper, has made the grounds into a veritable cornucopia of vegetables, fruit and rice.
The babies are healthy are healthy and happy. We hope to have another solar panel soon, with a little help from our friends.
The tour group in January 2010 had an rewarding and educational experience, and if any of you would like to have a tour in Southeast Asia, including the schools and orphanages, contact Ray for particulars firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 368-9463.
Besides Sokleap, there have been 10 other children adopted. 4 were adopted into France and the most recent 6 went to Italy. This includes our only set of twins (Srey Ven and Navin).
We have replaced those children and are up to 16 at the orphanage now. 2 of our nannies returned to thier families but we were able to replace them and keep our children/nanny ratio at 2:1
The 3rd building is totally finished including a western style bath with toilet and office that doubles as a guest room.
Our grounds keeper (Va Sameth) has planted a vegetable garden and has been working very hard. The produce will be used by the staff to produce baby food for the children. He is the husband of our head nanny, Khuon Chamroeun
All the 17 babies are doing well and only 5 are on formula at this time. This lowers our costs.
The grounds keeper (Va Sameth) has been busy digging new rice paddies with the first harvest in about 3 months. The rice paddies and organic vegetable gardens will produce just about enough food for the staff and babies. What a wonderful contribution Va Sameth is making!
Our children and staff are eating good, organic food. With the hoped for addition of solar power the orphanage will be a showcase of a sustainable project "with your help".
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, THE LITTLE BOY WAS THE FIRST BABY ADOPTED FROM OUR ORPHANAGE. SOKLEAP IS IN WASHINGTON D.C. AND LOOKS VERY HAPPY. SINCE SOKLEAP WE HAVE HAD 9 CHILDREN GET ADOPTED AND ARE LIVING WITH NEW FAMILIES AND 2 MORE CHILDREN , TWINS, ARE HAVING THE PAPER DONE SO WITHIN A FEW WEEKS THEY WILL BE WITH NEW FAMILIES. THESE
ADOPTIONS ARE WONDERFUL , SORT OF LIKE ANYOF US HITTING THE LOTTO. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND MAY THE COMING YEAR 2009 LET YOU FIND WHAT YOU WANT FOR YOUR LIFE. LOVE YA AND THE UNIVERSE LOVES US ALL
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: Feliz Navidad, Bon Nadal, Merry Christmas 2008
> Hi Ray,
> Just to say hello from Washington DC, wish you a happy holidays and
> update you on Sokleap... He is having a great time with his sisters
> and had brought lots of joy to the family....
> Familia Balleste-Ramon
27 children have been adopted and have gone from Cambodia. 1 to Spain, 4 to France, and 22 to Italy. More pictures and information will be forthcoming shortly.