What a productive day, not only did we get the tractor and bring it back to the orphanage but the first container was cleared and arrived. It was loaded from front to back with Tide laundry detergent that had been donated by Procter & Gamble. We had 4 locations to unload and tons of help. The families from the Guardian Angel as well as social services families all showed up. Many hands certainly make light work. We started around 4 PM and were all done by 9:30 PM. We formed up in bucket brigade lines and the boxes were passed along. We unloaded at School #1 in the gym (our base station), Red Cross, the Chausy Hospital and the Chausy Orphanage.
Here are some pictures, the first is the “bucket brigade” at School #1.
The second shows the piles being built in the gym.
This last picture shows Vitalli (the orphanage director) passing a box to one of his students, Zhenya.
Well day 2 and the excitement has already begun! We met at the Orphanage this morning and took 3 cars to Mogilev (45 minute drive) to get the new tractor for the orphanage. In Belarus everything has a lot of red tape and waiting attached to it and that includes purchasing a farm tractor! We arrived at the dealership and were waiting while the paperwork was being completed.
Segue here: there is a lot of spring cleaning going on here and the dealership was no exception. This is a picture of a man painting the fence outside.
Here is a shot of the tractor store, notice the only english sign is for a Japanese company!
David and Margaret Campbell from Ridgetown, Ont had worked diligently for a year raising the funds for this tractor and everyone was very excited about it’s arrival. Here is David testing out the cab.
The orphanage Director, Vitalli is very excited about being able to bring an agricultural program to the orphanage as this will give the children one more area of learning that will benefit them greatly in this agricultural community. The orphanage has become an excellent training ground for many vocations including academics, art, music, poetry, athletics and now will add agriculture.
Here is a picture of Vitalli thanking Margaret & David Campbell.