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Sunday, June 18th


thedryseason (67k image) It is the dry season again soon in West Timor. People soon will be eating corn which they have saved it during the last harvest. It means people will be less and less having fresh vegetables and the crops will not be able to grow at most of the Timor land. At the orphanage we are doing our bestto use the waste water to water the trees . It is with water only we can grow things. At the orphanage we have about 10 chilli trees which never stops giving us fruits ( chily) . People in Timor are enjoying spicy food and some can eat without anything else but crushed chily with some salt. The tapioca are also doing great at the orphanage so that if we do not have rice we can always eat tapioca for our carbo.I hope that this dry season will not be so bad like 2 years ago.
Our orphanage has become richer 3 days ago. We have one new member, his name is Jehuda Latifo. A 16 months old but only 6 KG and blind. He was taken from Papua when Peggy and our son Christian went to Biak Island to see Peggy's parents. During the visit she found out about this baby which can not eat , motionless and blind. The mother was only able to breast fed but since the mother is not consuming a good and healthy food , automatically the milk is not containing enough food for the baby.Peggy brought him back to Jakarta and brought him to "Graha MediKa " medical centre to get him a full medical check up. It was sad when the doctor wanted to get the blood sample for him , the blood was very difficul to get even though the doctor tried from both of his arm and from both of his foot. Hardly any blood came out. The doctor finally put him of the drips for food and body liquid . After 3 days at the hospital some blood was drawn and a complete medical check up was done. The 4th day he is out of the hospital with pinkish color cheek and looking much better. The 5th day the medical result was out and he is ok except that he must be fed well and well looked after. Today Jehuda ( the baby ) is with Peggy at the orphanage . Hope that he will be progressing well and able to gain some more weights quickly. My son Christian has been enjoying his time at the orphanage by playing with the orphans and being the only child to Peggy as his other siblings are with me in Singapore . I will send the photo of Jehuda as soon as I got them. Any one with an experience of taking care a blind baby please let me know how did you do it and if there is any book that I can read and learn , please let me know.
CaptainB on 06.18.06 @ 07:14 AM CST [link]

Sunday, June 4th


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I will be at the orphanage from August 1st to 26th. The weather will be best in July and August over there. Our morning can be as low as 18 degrees celcius but the afternoon will always be around 28 degrees celcius , except that there wont be any sweat as the humidity will be low . Simply it will be a pleasant atmnospheric condition . The reason for that is the influence of Australian winter months.
a part from the nice weather the soil will be dry and nothing can grow unless if you have enough water for watering the plants . Other wise there might be tapioca or other limited plants which can stand the dryness and still be around.During this period the orphanage will be quite busy with giving away food and vitamins for the village children around the orphanage . It is the time also for us to treat some wounds as the children are not having enough water for the sanitation purposes. We are hoping that there won't ber any more famine at our place in Timor like two years last year ( where there wasn't enough rain for 2 years). This year we were enjoying and extra harvestof green bean as the rain was extended till late March and even few big rain in early April. This morning many of the children told us that their mounth are pain and as we found out later we can not do anyting as it was beacuse of their teeth are coming out some more.
This nature thing must also be informed to them as they need to know about facts of life that all of us must be dealing with. A good and clean environment must be taught as to make a healthier living condition. We need to provide them good readings so we can make sure that they can understand more in the out side world. I have just brought home some good children's books which was a gift from The Trickeyfamily from Seatle, thank you . I will be bringing them to the orphanage when I am visiting the orphanage next.Some beautiful books also given from some brothers and sisters in Singapore for the same purpose.Thank you.From August 5th till 10th we will be having a brother and 7 sisters from Singapore Airlines visiting our orphanage. A couple of Dutch friend and "my Australian mum Rae" might be with us also during that period.I am hoping that we can do good for the children while we are there .

CaptainB on 06.04.06 @ 12:19 AM CST [link]