An unexpected gift can be such a blessing to those it touches. Far beyond the intention of the giver. Such a gesture has provided new Easter clothes to celebrate our Risen Lord for the children at the St. Martin de Porres Orphanage. It. has also provided for the purchase of new mattresses, mosquito netting, and bedding.
There are still a few more items to take care of before the biogas system is completely finished. Among them is the renovation to the cowshed with concrete eating troughs for the cows and troughs for drinking water. It is important that the cows have enough to eat and drink in order to produce the required waste for the bio-digester.
Also a roof over the cowshed to protect from the rains and hot summer sun.
The kitchen will have a new stove installed with which to bake bread. Yum! Who doesn't like fresh baked bread!
After much waiting and watching the construction progress along, the biogas system is finally up and running as of last Friday, March 10th!!
The mama's will be able to cook more efficiently and be spared the many respiratory problems that cooking with a wood stove entails.
Thank You to everyone who has supported St. Martin's Kids. Your generosity and support has enabled our ministry to improve the lives of those associated with the St. Martin de Porres Orphanage Centre.
The biogas system in final stages of completion and the cows ready to do their part in providing the necessary ingredients to produce the fuel!
St. Martin's Kids is encouraged by the generous support we receive from our parish family to continue with our call in improving the capacity and scope of care for the children living at the St. Martin de Porres Orphanage Centre.
It is a bittersweet mission, the demand for its services are still very much needed with the addition of these sweet little ones!
Many infants who are malnourished and have slim chance of survival will stay with Lynn Caraway until they are healthy. We regret to report that Lynn and Mike Caraway have left the country at the order of the Tanzanian Immigration. We are hoping for their quick return.
Construction of the new biogas system has started. This will provide a renewable source of fuel energy to be used in food preparation. It will benefit the orphanage in so many ways.
Cow dung and other organic matter will 'feed' the biogas tank and convert that mass into cooking fuel. No longer will wood or charcoal be needed, thus reducing cooking time and prep. There will be less air pollution and risk of respiratory ailments.
A by-product of bio-slurry will provide a safe liquid organic fertilizer that can increase crop yield by 25%.
The stoves should be up and working by the end of January 2017.
The 2015-2016 3rd grade faith formation class, led by Ms. Gail Lahr and Ms. Sandy Mercurio, raised money so that children living at St. Martin's could have new shoes. Children in pre-school and kindergarten each received two pair, one for now and one to grow into.
Thank you to Lynn and Mike Caraway, our in-country missionary partners, who were able to purchase the shoes and deliver them to the kids!
Enjoy the pictures and video.
THANK YOU to everyone in supporting our bracelet sale on Nov. 19 & 20th. These bracelets reflect our Catholic christian faith. Some bracelets are still available for sale in the parish office. Just see Maribeth to pick out your favorite !!
Daudi was born on Oct. 12th and his mother was buried the next day. The Sisters at the orphanage asked Lynn Caraway if she would take this little guy until he was strong enough to live in the nursery at the orphanage. He will be spending the next few months in the loving embrace of the Caraway family.
Daudi at birth
Ahhh, nothing like a full tummy, a warm embrace, and hearing God's Word, to know that all is right with the world.
Luka Caraway reading morning devotionals to baby Daudi. Good job Luka!!
Daudi is two and one half weeks old and weighs 7 lbs.
Ann English - St. Martin's Kids