Monday, July 12, 2010

10K Scramble for Ethiopia

Early on Saturday morning, over 300 Runners hit the streets of Bozeman, Montana, to help the kids of Bright Hope School. You can watch a local TV station’s coverage of the event. The story includes an interview with Kate Townley, who was not only one of the race organizers, she spent a week in May with a team from Journey Church, at Bright Hope School, helping construct the school's protective wall. Proceeds of the race will go to the self sustaining Bright Hope Garden Project which will improve the nutritional needs of the 2100 students from this community ravaged by AIDS and Leprosy.

Watch the Bright Hope 10K Scramble as seen on local TV news(Note: The story incorrectly reports that the water will soon be flowing, where as the water well has been operational since early in the year)

Bright Hope School Project update


The main chicken house structure is complete but we are still waiting on the shipment of the laying cages. Those are expected to arrive soon. Once the cages are in place, dozens of chickens, that are around 3 months old, will be purchased. The purchase of slightly more mature hens is to help increase the initial survivability of the flock. About six to eight weeks after the chickens arrive; the hens will be old enough to start laying eggs. Hello Egg McMuffins!

Also, the chicken hatchery storage building and guard house are complete. In addition, a lengthy stretch of water pipes were laid from the new water well, in the front of the property, all the way down to the chicken hatchery, on the back side of the property, to provide water for the chickens.

The Garden plots:

The land for the first vegetable garden plot, in the three acre open area in front of the large school building, is prepared and seeded in advance of the rainy season. The second garden plot, on the other side of the school buildings, is being completed now. Fencing to protect the two gardens is being erected to protect the young sprouts.

Security Wall:

The front wall, along with the entrance gate, is complete. The second phase of the wall construction, which the Harvest and Journey churches were working on, now reaches all the way to the back corner of the property. Some more wall height is currently being added to this section.

What's left to do? From that rear corner, winding back to the other side of the completed front wall is around 300 to 400 meters. This leaves a little over half of the wall project remaining to encircle the entire 13 acre property. This is a HUGE job. With material costs increasing (especially cement) and the intense labor in constructing the wall, this portion of the Bright Hope project will have to continue several months after the chickens are clucking and the vegetables are cooking in a pot.

Give here to the Bright Hope project
Journey Church work team posing on the section of the wall they had worked.
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