A Note From The Field

Charfassion Boys Orphanage

Hey everyone, Just wanted to write you all a quick note and let you know how everything is going here.

I included a photo Summer took of the goat farm, it pretty much sums up the whole trip.

There's 60 kids here that are wise beyond their years.  They are all very respectful, well mannered and have an incredible work ethic, most stay up until midnight studying.  The orphanage is already practicing sustainability and has a fish pond, vegetable garden, fruit trees, and now a goat farm.  The goat farm will help them raise another $2,500 every year in goat sales and will provide meat once a week for the boys (cost us ~$5000 to install).  The director (~40 yrs old) was an orphan 30 years ago at the same orphanage but has built it into an incredible organization.  We feel really good about our partnership here and very excited to start more projects next year.

Bangladesh is something else, 150 million people living in an area the size of Iowa.  I spent 4 hrs in traffic yesterday to go to the market and back and now my eyeballs and nostrils are burning from the incredible amount of toxins and smog in the air.  I had read that some of the highest levels of lead can be found in the tissue samples here in Bangladesh and now I know why.

After landing in Dhaka (~30 hours of travel time) we spent the night in a $18 hotel room and then boarded a 12 hour overnight ferry to the rural area where the orphanage is located.  The ferry was invested with roaches and I woke up with a large roach crawling up my arm at about 3 am.  The humidity and triple digit temperatures made it tough to sleep but we did get some shut eye.  Because there's no designated lanes at the ferry terminal for the boats to park, the ferry's literally slam into each other at the dock to squeeze into a space where they can offload passengers.  We hit the dock so hard coming back to Dhaka that a number of bystanders were almost knocked into the water.

So far nobody has gotten sick and we've all gained weight here as its customary to feed your guests an exorbitant amount of food.  On our second night here we were fed Carp with curry, you can imagine how good that was.  But for the most part the food has actually been pretty tasty, reminds me a lot of Indian food.

Tomorrow we leave for Kathmandu to install the solar panels on the rehabilitation center for victims of sex trafficking.

More pictures coming soon,

Hope all is well back home,

Jake Gentry