A few of our regular markets have a well deserved break over January - any of you having withdrawals?!
Our kids loving having their photo taken, their face lights up and they’re amazed when they see themselves on the little screen. We’re so lucky to have so many images from our 12 years.
Thursday, February 22 at 5 PM - 6:30 PM
Exhibit B space - Fountain Court, Bendigo
The "Pictures for Perspective" opening night will be held on the 22nd of February from 5pm - we would love as many people as possible to come along and support our amazing organisation.
Tickets cost $25 and include food and drink - you can purchase yours by contacting Issy Kerr.
Night will include silent auctions and sales of wooden blocks, plus all art on display will be available to purchase (and can be taken home once the exhibition ends mid-March).
Yesterday we shouted out about our Kicks For Christmas cause, letting you know we’d reached 10% of our goal.
We’re now on 20% !!!!
Thank you so much to everyone who liked the post and shared, every little bit helps.
Still a bit to go, but we’re feeling so hopeful and forvever grateful x
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Sometimes we forget what Steve’s face looks like when we’re in Africa 📷📷📷
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Our kids have put 'new shoes' & ' school bags' on their wish lists & for just $30.00 you can make these wishes come true!
Play Santa to some wonderful little humans this year & help us give them new kicks for Christmas.
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Heading up to Kamakwie today, a couple of hours away.
Today we have been negotiating with management, and visiting schools to make sure we are getting the best results and bang-for-buck for the kids. There are barely any science labs, so thousands of kids are behind there. There are barely any library facilities. All these things are taken in to account, as well as teaching rigor and expertise. And given the shabby and expensive transport options, proximity matters.
Today we are going more remote, and we will also be thinking of the possibility of juggling kids between orphanages so the older kids in particular get the best opportunities. On one hand it seems the great benefit of OrphFund accommodation is that all levels of kids are together, like a family. On the other hand these older kids need less interruptions and more support in the final school years.
Of course, this would be immediately obvious to all you parents out there!
It is not immediately apparent what school fees are. One school quotes one figure per year, but then charges extra (double the initial fees!) to attend classes. And then some of the teachers don't teach, and the class just sit there.
Sometimes it feels like I'm Alice in wonderland! But like the heat, one quickly acclimatises to the bizarre.
The lesson for me, a partially informed volunteer, is this.
All these decisions take careful consideration, weighing up the impossible, improbable against the likely and possible.
I would consider it a full time job for one project, but Steve co-ordinates 9, plus many smaller outreach projects. He does this as a volunteer on a tiny budget. In his words... the big charities have been getting millions of dollars a year and have been here for decades, but very little is changing.
OrphFund is slowly expanding its RESULTS, taking little careful steps. Effective altruism people...
Have you seen the latest Bendigo Magazine?
Love seeing our kids in there promoting our upcoming photography exhibition in Bendigo (which we will make an event page for soon, promise!).
The opening is on Thursday the 22nd of Feb - save the date!