Posted on March 6, 2018
Hello children of the world !
We have had quite a few months with a lot happening at our beautiful orphanage. There was an outbreak of conjunctivitis (pinkeye), a highly contagious virus. We had to go into quarantine for almost two weeks. Not that it made a difference, because almost everybody in Ecuador was already infected. With us, it started when I saw a girl with infected eyelids, so we took her to a pharmacy for some medicine. Because she was hurting, I consoled and hugged her to make her feel a bit better. Next thing I know, I was infected, along with almost every kid at the orphanage. Including a 3 months old baby. But we’re back to normal and enjoying a vacation from school.
We have accomplished a lot in the last few months. Our electricity system was failing and the wires were getting overheated to the point where the buildings could catch fire. That could have led to fatal consequences. I started a fundraiser and the glorious final result is published on my personal Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/erwin.musper. Read it and you will cheer !
One miracle created - and on to the next. This one will change our living conditions dramatically as well. Over the summer we had our water supply stopped for three weeks straight. Due to a drought, the village stopped pumping water to the orphanage. Trucks with water tanks had to be ordered to give us water in very small supplies. And one month ago it happened again, but luckily just for one week.
So……. our next project will be to build a new water supply system with private holding tanks, big enough to keep water available for at least a week or two. For four buildings (and about 80 people). I have already contacted a company that is building homes nearby. They offered to give us their manpower FOR FREE ! So I only need to find the money for the materials to build those underground pipes and tanks, plus a pump house with three pumps. Roughly about $ 8,000. Can we do it ?
Of course we can, you and I. Every single crisis and challenge we have faced so far has been successfully tackled and solved. I am convinced that before next summer (and another possible drought), we will have the water issues in the past.
It’s quite a job, but no water, no life. No choice.
My dear friend Anouk - the world-famous singer from my native country of Holland - sent me a message a few weeks ago. She wants to auction off some of her gold and platinum records to benefit the orphanage and specifically the ‘water project’. Don’t you want to join her ? I know you want to. Check her website for all the information. I will keep you posted about the progress of our project. In the meantime, here's a picture of 3 year old Margarita Elena who lives with us, together with her 2 year old brother. She had her first birthday party ever and insisted she wanted to dress up as a clown. So we did. Because it made her happy.