Archive for December, 2009

Report from Moses Echibu: New Mural at Asayo’s Wish!

I am so excited to pass on this report from Uganda I just received today. Moses Echibu, one of the field staff at Asayo’s Wish Orphanage just sent me this email that includes photographs of a new mural on the girls curtain latrine at the orphanage. As an “art student”, Moses has continued to work with the children, allowing them opportunities to be expressive and creative with paint. (The paint was left from the first mural undertaken at the Orphanage in September when Megan and I were there last. ) Thanks Moses!


hi chris,
how are you ? did you have a merry christmas ? i hope so !!!! we had ours with the orphans and it was so nice and lovely. the kids would love to know how you enjoyed your christmas. i told them that you are in the winter, i explained to them how very very cold it is there in the US. they were like how did you manage to enjoy your christmas. did you have it inside the house or what ? by the way you are definetly right when you say that you would wish to be in uganda putting on shorts and sandles coz its still sunny though there is some small rain.

the painting has been going on well though we had to tussel it out to come up with something compositional like real professional artists you know. i would like to first of all apologise for not sending the pictures very soon but pliz i beg you, may you be merciful to me. i did not mean it to delay. the camera had not been with me for some time since it moves with in many hands for project purposes. these are not the only pictures (more…)


December 30, 2009 at 11:29 pm 2 comments

Nepal Field update from Kamal Neupane

Kamal is the newest member of the CHOICE-Trivani Nepal team. He is an engineer, just out of school, and is spearheading school construction in Dhusheni, Turlung, and Harmi. Kamal is from a village called Tikapur-g, Kailali in the far western region of Nepal. He studied in Chitwan and received his B.E. from the Institute of Engineering in Pulchowk, Lalitpur.

Here’s Kamal’s latest report- back from a month in the field- about the villager’s response to projects in Lamjung District.


hi megan

I am sorry for the delay in sending mail to u.
i am back from 10 day site visit to lamjung (turlung) and gorkha (harmi). (more…)

December 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm Leave a comment

Merry Christmas from the Philippines

Just in time for Christmas, here’s an update from Trivani’s work in the Philippines. Erwin Boiser, our in-country director, sent a note this morning and I thought we’d pass it on. Happy Holidays!-cp

“Kapatid (Megan) How are you? Me and my family are excited for tonight. You see here in the Philippines we wait for the 12 midnight to celebrate Christmas Dinner or “nuche buena” we have prepared our favorite dish for this once a year feast.

Quick update for the 2nd water system. We have just finished it yesterday after testing all pipes. and happy to say that all systems are good to go. On monday after cleaning I will shoot pictures for the report. Unfortunately the kids are already in their Christmas Break and only few people will attend the turn over ceremony hopefully on monday.
This water system was a tough nut to crack as we had so many problem looking for the leak(the water system will fail to suck water if their is a little leak somewhere) and finally we have located it and was able to make it suck water for the first time yesterday. The teachers where so happy to let me know that finally the water flowed in the pipes that will bless 550 kids excluding the teachers working in POO Elementary School. I was showered with thanks and gratitude and I would like to share that to the entire group. (more…)

December 24, 2009 at 3:13 pm Leave a comment

Introduction to our partner Deseret International

Deseret International is a medical humanitarian organization that has worked with Trivani Foundation since our early days. Their  methodology accomplishes the best kind of surgical work in developing countries at a fraction of the cost of most similar organizations.  Doug Jackson, the volunteer CFO of the organization, just sent me some information about their humanitarian philosophy that I thought I’d pass on by way of introduction.  Here’s a few excerpts that mirror much of what we’ve learned ourselves at Trivani Foundation in other areas of development work and social business:

“The key to success in today’s world is to use the local professionals.  They are trained.  They have the desire to help.  They live in the country and therefore know the language and culture.  Most importantly they understand the medicine of their country.  They are familiar with the medical conditions and how to fix them. (more…)

December 21, 2009 at 10:28 pm Leave a comment

In the spotlight: PR Coordinator Krystal Downs

During the past few months, Trivani Foundation has been lucky to have the help of an intern who has helped us significantly. In an effort to keep folks in touch with the work that is happening in the field, we decided to take on the giant task of creating this blog and plugging all kinds of important info into it. Many months in the making, the lion’s share of the work to build the site was done by our outstanding Public Relations Intern Krystal Downs. She has also been instrumental in managing the blog while Megan and I are on the road.

We decided to spotlight Krystal today to recognize her as a key person behind the scenes at Trivani Foundation. Here’s a little bit about her(in her words), including her interests, aspirations, and a little bit about what she does for Trivani Foundation. Thanks Krystal! -cp

Interests: Anything outdoors, especially when it involves water, traveling, learning about new ideas, people, and places, reading overly long and complicated books, music (I love going to concerts!), women’s issues, moving (I never stay in one place too long), summertime, eating and making Indian food, writing, dancing….

Aspirations: I am looking to go to graduate school soon in the area of International Policy. I hope to focus my studies on gender and the law. After that, I would love to work for a international organization and try to effect change for women around the world who still do not basic human rights.

What I do at Trivani: I am the Public Relations and blog coordinator for Trivani Foundation. This means that I came on to help get the blog up and running by creating a blog concept, a marketing and PR plan, and then putting the ideas into action by actually implementing them in Trivani Field Notes, the wonderful blog you are currently viewing!

December 17, 2009 at 5:50 pm 1 comment

Villagers Are Stronger Than I Imagined

A quick thought about my experience on the Nepal expedition: villagers are stronger than I imagined and work far harder than I surmised. As expeditioners, our focus was to help villagers of Puranokot build a health clinic in their village. We spent a few days digging trenches for its foundation–hours of back-breaking picking and shoveling rocky earth and soil. I thought that was tough, but digging trenches paled in comparison to the afternoon I spent hauling rocks with a group of women. (more…)

December 16, 2009 at 12:55 am 2 comments

Asayo’s Wish Community Outreach Orphan Care Program

Through the “Community Outreach Orphan Care Program (COOCP)”, Asayo’s Wish orphaned children are provided food, housing and education. Biological families are identified and children placed within those families.

 We realize that raising children in orphanages as opposed to families affects their cognitive, social, emotional and even intellectual development. Separation from the family is harmful to children; it doesn’t matter how poor the relative is, family is still family — children need that sense of belonging… and that is why we try to place children with their relatives and children who cannot be connected to their biological families with families who are willing and are

Widow Guardian to 14 Children

 able to care for them. We know that children experience a richer, more wholesome childhood if they are raised within a family rather than in the orphanage.

Traditionally, orphans in the village were raised by the extended family, and many families continue to take in orphaned children…. however due to years of civil war, family structures are buckling under the pressure of caring for additional children. Too poor to cope, many families now reject these children, leading to a large number of children in the orphanage and in the streets.

 The Foundation at-present runs an orphanage with about 178 orphaned children, but we realize this is a last resort. We rescue and only admit children in extreme situations, for instance, where a child has no one to care for them and would perish without our support… children who have lost all relatives due to years of civil war and the effect of AIDS and very young children with feeble/terminally ill relative who cannot care for them…

 We are working on expanding our Community Outreach Orphan Care Program . Taking careful steps to ensure children are successfully placed with relatives or willing non biological families.

Grandmother and her 9 Grandchildren

We tend to focus on the moral issue of homeless, orphaned children, but we need to look at the economics of it and create minimum standards that relatives and willing community members must meet in order to care for the children. Sometimes the relatives are only interested in the deceased’s property or in the financial support AWF provides the children and not the child’s welfare, when they offer to take in an orphaned child

The people left to care for the children – often their grandparents – also need support beyond ensuring the children are fed, clothed and educated. They need the community’s support in parenting these children, and checks and balances to ensure the young children will not wind up looking after their old grandparents instead of going to school.

As long as relatives and caring non biological families are willing and have the financial capacity and our collective support to raise orphaned children, we recognize that a family is the best place for a child and we (AWF) will continue to provide education opportunity for orphans to grow up in a caring family environment, other than in the orphanage.

Thank you,

Sarah Asayo

Asayo’s Wish Foundation
P.O. Box 206
Midvale. Utah. 84047

December 10, 2009 at 8:26 pm Leave a comment

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