In a week and one day Aaron will board a plane for Thailand. One problem, we still haven't raised the $6000 we need to buy a truck so the kids can get to school safely. (Please scroll down for the story. To learn more about The Charis Project please visit our website.)
So, in the interest of making things fun I started asking some friends of mine to donate prizes for everyone who helps us to reach our goal.
The first person I thought of was Christy from Wired to the Whimsy. I'm so glad for twitter, I would never have met her otherwise. She got back to me within seconds and donated this gorgeous bracelet that she was going to list in her shop.
Isn't it pretty?
Next up we have 2 completely handwoven bags, made by Karen woman on hand looms made of sticks. Like this.
These are the most comfortable bags you have ever worn. You'll have to trust me on this, but I've used a lot of bags, and this super wide woven shoulder strap distributes weight all over your shoulder and back and makes it feel like it weighs barely anything. They are really strong too. The Karen use them for work; to haul wood, tools, chicken feed, etc.
The pouch is really nice and roomy. I've used mine for everything from diapers to books to beach items. You can't wear this bag somewhere without someone stopping to ask you where you got it.
You can see why. Look at the detailed embroidery on this one.
I only have a detail shot of the fringe on this one, because I was shooting just before the sun went down and the others came out all blurry. But you can see the colors in it.
I hope to have even more prizes to add over this coming week. Please contact me if you would like to donate a prize. I will of course tell everyone how awesome you are and link to your store if you have one. :)
There are 4 ways you can enter to win one of these great prizes.
1. Post a link to this page on twitter.
2. Post a link on facebook.
3. Post a link to this page in a blog post.
4. Make a donation. (Size doesn't matter. Every little bit helps.)
(The Charis Project is a registered corporation in the state of California with non-profit 501c3 status currently pending IRS approval.)
Please leave a separate comment for each way that you enter to win and include the url of your post or tweet in the comment. Aaron will have the orphanage kids draw numbers as soon as he gets there and those comments will be winners.
****Super Special Bonus Prize****There will be a separate draw for everyone who makes a donation and Aaron will bring home a surprise prize that is somewhat customized to the winner. i.e. If you think it would be awesome to get working crossbow handcrafted in a tribal village that you can actually use to hunt squirrels for food, he can get you that. OR if you want something cool from a Thai street market, he can get you that too.
And now, to remind everyone why this is so important here is the original post telling why we need this so badly.
Imagine kissing your kids goodbye, checking their backpacks and school uniforms, and sending them on their way to school. You watch and wave and they head off down the road.
Only, you have almost 40 kids, and the road they walk 3-4 miles on, there and back, is a more like a secondary highway, with no shoulder, and no sidewalks, and this is Thailand where people drive, well, let's just say they believe that they are coming back again if they die and aren't as cautious as we in the west might think appropriate.
Then imagine one of your kids gets sick in the middle of the night and needs to get to a hospital. Only, you have no car that can take them. Instead you have to hire a truck and a driver to take you there, and back again later. This eats into your already very limited resources for basic things like food and water, not to mention medical bills.
Now imagine that one day one of your kids, on that road walking to school, is hit by a person on a motorcycle and has a broken arm. Now you have to hire a truck to get your child to a hospital, pay the medical bills and worry that someone will show up on your door and accuse you of negligence, since a child was injured in your care, and take away all your kids.
Except, we're not imagining anymore. This is real. A child really was hurt and this is a problem. The kids in the Charis Home walk to school every day on this road, and every day they are in danger of being hurt and everything we have worked so hard to build is in danger of dissolving if something bad happens to one of the kids. The government could just shut the home down.
We need a truck, something to use to drive the children safely to school, to haul rice, to get kids to the hospital. We can buy one for about $6000 US.
This has been a need for a long time, and we have been asking for help, but we haven't gotten very much response this time I'm afraid. So we're turning to you, dear internet, and all the people who are out there who care and can help spread the word.
It would be such an answer to prayer if when Aaron goes back to Thailand on June 15 he could take enough with him to purchase a truck, and end one of the biggest worries we have over the kids safety.
If you can give, please click the link.
(I know, how could this be safer? But it is. It's how everyone in Thailand gets around and it's way better than getting hit by a car. PS. These photos are from Aaron's last visit when he hired a truck for one day to drive the kids to school.)