March 14, 2011

Be A Girl Today - Introduces Our New "Volunteer" T-Shirt

After my niece visited Cambodia -- we put our heads together and came up with this new shirt to raise some money for our friends at WatOPot Children's Orphanage in Cambodia.  It's a great shirt for women and for men.  The shirt is unisex - comfy and wearable. 

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March 05, 2011

We have a new shirt.....Volunteer!

Our newest shirt -- is your basic white t-shirt, with bold navy ink.  This shirt will be used to raise money for our favorite charities.  Be A Girl has lots going on -- our skiing ambassadors keep us busy and now we have Volunteer!

This shirt will be offered at a nominal cost $14.00 each.  All proceeds will go to WatOPot Orphanage in Cambodia.  This is an exciting new venture for us! 

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 Volunteer!

It will make you happy.

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February 21, 2011

Volunteer! We have new shirts.....

Picking up our Volunteer! T-Shirts. They are a white unisex t'shirt with navy ink. All proceeds to benefit WatOPot Orphanage, Cambodia and Lighthouse Orphanage, Costa Rica. Katie is heading this up, with a little help from BAGT. Can't wait to see them. Shirts will be available on the website for $14.00 -- so buy two one for you and one for a gift. It's always better to give then to receive...(I am told).

 

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January 21, 2011

The Cambodia Chronicles -- Aunt Deb Reporting

Hello from Cambodia:

Things are going pretty well...sunday a new volunteer joined us...her name is melinda and she is staying a year...she is being paid a stipend and has gotten  some  funding for the place...so wayne no longer has to worry about money....she is full of energy...she is a cleaning fiend.....and is really into structure...we cleaned out the hospice...and divided it in half...

one half for a playroom...we took all our donated stuff and the stuff we bought in PP in there...

now they come to the door and say "dub...may i come in"..."yes you may"...or may not..depending...

she plans on working on the bathing, teeth brushing and getting them to bed at an orderly time....i will tell you more about that later...too much to type...

sat i am taking 4 of the older girls to PP to see the museums, the palace...and they want to go to that shopping mall...i am hoping to get them pedicures..and of course out to eat...

ti Ming is back in the hospital...she came home but then went back again...i started an IV on another boy this am with fever and nausea/vomitting...that IV went in nicely....

i have been making a point to go on my bike ride daily...i take little Nak or Mcpan with me...

i only take kids that dont weigh much....

had a bit of an upset stomach tonight,he food has been a little better because melinda is a vegatarian and was here before...so they know what she likes....

thats about it...forward this to katie for me...we now have wireless in our room....

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deb xoxo

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January 17, 2011

They're Back....But the Cambodia Chronicles ....Continue

Bb 

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January 12, 2011

The Cambodia Chronicles - Part 3 Katie.... Reporting.

Hey Aunt Paula!


Sorry I haven't blogged earlier. It's difficult to get onto the internet here! I have some awesome pictures and amazing stories to tell you! 
We just got back from visiting the children's school. We walked into the court yard and its quiet and peaceful. My mom peaks her head into a class room and asks the teacher if she can come in. The teacher doesn't speak English so she didn't respond but all of the sudden all the kids in the class get up and run out the door towards us. I guess it was recess cause all the kids came out of their rooms and ran up to us. The children from the orphanage came over and were holding our hands while the others just stood there staring at us. The children of Wat Opot know much more English than the others because of the other volunteers that come to the orphanage and Wayne. Wayne, the founder of Wat Opot, only speaks English so the kids are forced to practice their English to communicate with him. They love to practice their English! The other people in the villages surrounding Wat Opot don't really know how to speak English or haven't seen too many Americans so they just stare or scream "HELLO" about 10 times.Children of Wat Opot


    The other night we handed out underwear for the kids. We gave them each one pair. They all lined up from tallest to shortest and came into the office to pick out one pair. They were all so excited. Aunt Deb picked out some nemo and toy story and they just loved it. I've never seen kids more excited and appreciative about anything... especially underwear! They put them right on and I'm not sure if they've taken them off since.
     The kids are just amazing. The older kids head off to school which leaves the 4 little ones with us until around 11 when everyone comes back. Even when we aren't entertaining the children, they find games and activities to do for hours with each other. When the older kids were just coming back from school we gave some of the children shirts to try on to take some pictures with. They of course LOVED the shirts and the camera.  Some of the boys grabbed the shirts and tried even the pink ones on. They love anything new! We had to take the shirts back because every kid wanted one and we didn't have enough to go around. We plan on putting them into the girls room before we leave. This afternoon we are going to the market to pick out some matresses for the kids. We also want to pick out some desks and a wardrobe for each of the rooms! They don't know yet and I can't wait to see the look on their faces when we give them their presents!


     Each child has such great personalities. Although we can't always communicate with them because of the language barrier, their personalities show through and are always happy despite all the hardships they've been through. Each child has a heartbreaking story that Wayne typically shares with us durring the meals. The Wat Opot website further shares some stories of the children here. Although they have been through things I can't even imagine going through, they are still some of the happiest children. They get a long incredibly well (so it seems to us since we can't understand what they're saying to each other). They look out for one another. It really is like one big family here at Wat Opot. 

love,
Katie, Andrea, and Deb

Interested in volunteering or contributing -- read about the orphanage at www.watopot.org


 
ps. I attached some pictures in the following e-mail. I hope they all go through!

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January 09, 2011

Cambodia Chronicles - Part 2, Katie Reporting -- great pictures!!

9 January 2011 - Cambodia


 In I think the first picture is a little girl trying on my sunglasses
The second is a picture of some of the children and us about to climb a small mountain. At the top is a monestary where we sat in on monks eating. More like barged in. People are facinated by my blonde hair and our white skin so they tend to stare. Not to mention my mom was wearing her hat which she is not suppose to do. We saw a monkey!
 
 
 

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January 04, 2011

Two Things Happened Yesterday

Day one of the Cambodia Chronicles as one sister has left, one niece and one sister are about to leave at 5 p.m,.

The second thing that happened was:    We may have our brand new sales person for BAGT!  She is mulling it over, but I saw a sparkle in her eye.  We will keep you posted.  This will be a good thing for us!!

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