This blog is named after my dog, Dino the wonder dog. Other than that, this blog doesn’t have a lot to do with him, except that some days, when I am just too busy or too tired or have a migraine, I let Dino write my blog for me. On days when he has not taken over the computer, I write about my life – the past, the present and the future - my travels far and near and my home. I would love it if you would follow along.
Tumaini Volunteers met on
Saturday for a productive meeting. We have four people (including repeat
travelers Val and Denise) who are ready to make the trip back to Kenya next spring.
My son Nick has been wanting to go and I think we have finally convinced him
that he needs to do this. He went to Ghana Africa twice with Engineers Without
Borders while he was in college, so he knows what a trip like this will entail.
Our fourth volunteer is a friend’s son who has a degree in film production. He
is volunteering his time to join us and film some of our activities. We are
really excited to have him join us and produce a short documentary of not only
the work of Tumaini Volunteers but of the great need in Kenya.
I know that I have shared
many of the stories of our nonprofit organization and our experiences in Kenya.
I have probably hinted at our need for funds and have also reminded you that we
are tax exempt. I don’t think that I have blatantly asked for donations, but
sometimes I need to throw subtlety out the window.
It is going to cost
approximately $4000 to complete the chicken project we have planned. That cost
includes $1000 for an incubator, $2000 for a generator, $500 for expanding the
current chicken coop and buildings, and $500 additional start-up costs. The
cost for our volunteers to make this trip, including airfare, room, board and
transportation while in country will be about $2000 each. We have offered to
pay the expenses of our videographer and hope to pay for the costs of our team
leader. That means we need a total of $8000 in the bank within the next few
months. Our current balance is just over $3000. We have a ways to go, but I am
confident we can do it.
As already mentioned we
are a tax-exempt charity, so any donations you make will be tax-deductible. Why
don’t you make that tax-deductible donation today and claim it on your 2015
taxes. Make your check out to Tumaini Volunteers and mail it to PO Box 726,
Wausau, WI 54402. Or make a donation via
our website at tumainivolunteers.org.
If you make a $20 donation before the end of the year, I will send you an 8 x 10 print of any one of the following pictures of the gorgeous cats. Specify which one you want when you make your donation. Thanks for all your