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LETTERS OF ENCOURAGEMENT - Underwear Gift Pack Project

216 underwear packs were distributed. Praise God 216 underwear packs were distributed. Most of the underwear packs went to the children in the Antiochie Church, but some were set aside for Pastor Saakie's Church in Tjaikondre, where I had visited last year.
Kim in Barbados packing the underwear packs
216 underwear packs were distributed.
Kim's mum in Barbados packing the underwear packs
The Underwear packs consisted of three pairs of underwear, and a Winner's gold medal for the boys, or a necklace and bracelet for the girls.
216 underwear packs were distributed.

I walked through the various Bush Negro communities for three afternoons distributing the underwear.

I wanted to be able to take photos of the children in their home environment.

I walked through the various Bush Negro communities for three afternoons distributing the underwear.
Underwear distribution in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname
 

Suriname Underwear Gift Pack In the Spirit Art The beautiful series Nature Art' Worship Art Happy Days SeriesContact Kim Smith

 
Most houses are made of unpainted wood, that are weathered gray. Most houses are made of unpainted wood, that are weathered gray. Some houses still have a mud floor, but those that have done better may have a wooden floor, or vinyl floor covering.
Most houses are made of unpainted wood, that are weathered gray.
Most houses are made of unpainted wood, that are weathered gray.
Most houses are made of unpainted wood, that are weathered gray.
The children were excited to receive their gifts.

The children were excited to receive their gifts. Some children sang, "We've got underwear"..."we've got underwear", in their local dialect, called Taki-Taki.

The word "taki" means "talk" in English.

Underwear distribution in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname
Alisha later told me that "three pairs of underwear will go a long way", and that it was common to walk through the communities and see children running around naked.
Bush Negros in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname
Some parents thanked us. I felt a lot of joy to bless these children, and this was as the Holy Spirit said, "the Joy of Giving".
Some parents thanked us
Underwear distribution in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname
One afternoon, Alisha and I had to go out with boots on, as the area was wet from the rain. It becomes very muddy around the houses.
One afternoon, Alisha and I had to go out with boots on, as the area was wet from the rain.
Makeshift bridges are made from tree trunks or planks of wood.
Makeshift bridges are made from tree trunks or planks of wood. The wild grass is overgrown. One particular house we visited was swamped with water all around it.
Underwear distribution in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname
 Suriname

Sometimes you actually have to GO to these places to appreciate the conditions that other people live in.

I plan to go back again next year with more underwear packs, as this is needed.

Underwear distribution in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname
One evening, a mother wanted to give me her baby. The father of the child had deserted them. She had other children to care for, and was finding it very hard. This shows how desperate people can become, that they would give away their baby so that it could have a better life.
Underwear distribution in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname

I also had the pleasure of seeing my two girls that I sponsor on a monthly basis - Soeliana and Indra. (Seen here Indra and Soeliana below)

Both are eight years old now. Soeliana's mother showed me her school report and she is doing well. Soeliana missed her first year of school at age six, as there were not enough places for children in the schools, and so some do not get to go. Another school is needed in this area.

Seen here Indra
Soeliana Friends Soeliana
Underwear distribution in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname
Underwear distribution in Suriname Underwear distribution in Suriname Underwear distribution in Suriname

On this trip, I also had discussions with Pastor Cheryl about creating an "Egg Fund".

(Seen here the existing chicken coop)

Seen here the existing chicken coop
Seen here members of the church helping to clear the land in preparation

We would enclose an area of land in her backyard, build a large chicken coop to hold about one hundred layer chickens.

(Seen here members of the church helping to clear the land in preparation.)

The profits from the sale of these eggs would be split 50/50 -half would supplement the Oron's and Alisha's income, as they would be doing the work, and the other half would be used to assist the children where needed for school clothes, school supplies, and food.
Chickens
The fence has been erected and painted, and the foundation of the first chicken coop is to be cast. As I am writing this, the fence has been erected and painted, and the foundation of the first chicken coop is to be cast.
My goal is to share the Love of Jesus with these children; to bring HOPE in the midst of poverty, and to improve the quality of their lives.
My goal is to share the Love of Jesus with these children; to bring HOPE in the midst of poverty, and to improve the quality of their lives.
Many thanks to those who contributed to the Underwear Packs! Your help is greatly appreciated.

Many thanks to those who contributed to the Underwear Packs!

Your help is greatly appreciated.

MINISTRY NEEDS

1. CHILD SPONSORSHIP is available for US $30.00 (Bds $60.00) a month. This pays for food, school clothes, school supplies, and school petty fees as needed. Children available for sponsorship can be seen on my website www.lettersofencouragement.com or www.unitedcaribbean.com.
2. Donations of NEW UNDERWEAR for girls and boys, from baby to 12 years old.
3. Donations to assist with building chicken coops, buying chicken feed and chickens to start this fund-raising project.
4. PRAYER!

 

 
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