Thank You Very Much For Remembering Us, and God Bless All Of You

by Captain Bill

“Thank You Very Much For Remembering Us, And God Bless All Of You”

We are from west central Indiana, just trying to do some good in the world.

We are from west central Indiana, just trying to do some good in the world.

It is great when friends and family from my home town area in west-central Indiana come to visit me. Last year at the end of June and the first of July, two friends of mine, Sally and Sue, who teach at Turkey Run, received an Eli Lilly Grant to study the Amazon Rainforest first hand. They arrived in Iquitos Peru full of enthusiasm for their work. No one could have worked harder or learned more that those two women. We did everything that time permitted and then some.

Happy Mishana village school children.

Happy Mishana village school children.

Because of their life long commitment to education, one of the highlights of their learning experience was visiting the one room school houses in the remote jungle villages we stopped at. It puts things in perspective when you see how few personal possessions the native people have, and how few educational supplies are in the schools.

A student of Mishana with inflatable world globe. Where is Indiana?

A student of Mishana with inflatable world globe. Where is Indiana?

When they returned to Turkey Run they started a campaign to raise funds to help purchase supplies for the village schools they visited. I was amazed that they sent us $100, raised mostly from dimes and quarters from the school children from Turkey Run. That is half a fortune to these poor people. Here is what we invested the money in; We got the $100.00 on 06/23/09 and changed it into soles. The rate exchange was S/ 2.97 so it means the money for school supplies was S/297.00. Here is what we bought and distributed.

•    48 note books                                     S/  36.00
•    36 play dough                                           10.50
•    24 Pencils                                                  10.00
•    01 chalk box                                                2.30
•    18 Erasers                                                    5.30
•    06 Alphabets                                               4.80
•    1/2 Millar copy paper                               11.00
•    20  Pencil Sharpers                                   12.50
•    50 Pens                                                      15.00
•    25 Cardboard                                              8.30
•    50 Color tracing papers                             9.00
•    02 Balls (soccer and volley ball)               24.00
•    02 scissors                                                  4.00
•    12 hand towels                                         15.00
•    03 tapes                                                      2.40
•    04 games                                                    7.50
•    12 tooth paste                                          18.00
•    24 toothbrushes                                       32.00
•    01 glue                                                        1.50
•    First aid material….                                  ——–
•    01 big alcohol                                              5.80
•    03 yodo alcohol                                           2.50
•    03 cottons                                                    3.00
•    01 ibuprofeno box                                       6.50
•    01 bandages box                                        4.00
•    02 cue tips                                                    3.00
•    Movilities 2RT                                               6.00
•                                                               —————-
Total purchase                                          S/  259.90

That leaves us with S/37, approximately $12.33, to buy some more supplies for our next expedition to the schools.

Some of the school children of Lagunas with school supplies.

Some of the school children of Lagunas with school supplies.

On June 28 we delivered some of the school supplies to the village of Mishana which has 14 students, and the rest to the village of Lagunas which has 53 students.

Delivering school supplies to the village of Lagunas

Delivering school supplies to the village of Lagunas.

Sally and Sue, I wish you could have been there to deliver the supplies in person. The teacher at Mishana remembered you and was very emotional. She was nearly crying when she said; “Thank you very much for remembering us and God bless all of you. In this time of the year the present was very appropriate because most of the children don’t have more materials, some of them don’t come to school because they don’t have notebooks or paper to write on and the father doesn’t have money to buy, so this will help a lot to keep the children in school till the end the year, thank you very much for making it possible. All of them are sending their regards to you.”

Marmelita and the teacher with school supplies for the remote jungle village of Mishana.

Marmelita and the teacher with school supplies for the remote jungle village of Mishana.

“Thank You Very Much For Remembering Us, And God Bless All Of You”

Each student recieved some version of this care package of school supplies and personal hygiene.

Each student recieved some version of this care package of school supplies and personal hygiene.

Bill and Marmelita, Dawn on the Amazon

Here Is What Happened On Our Amazon River Boat Cruise, describes the expedition where we delivered the supplies donated by the generous people in the Turkey Run area of Indiana.

This link is about Sally and Sue receiving the Ely Lilly Grant, Biology Teachers Awarded Grant To Study Rainforest.

To learn more about what Sally and Sue experienced on their Amazon Adventure read this story; Why Does the Sloth Swim Across the River?.

This little boy was very emotional about his care package. They apprecieated your gesture so much.

This little boy was very emotional about his care package. They apprecieated your gesture so much.

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