ABCs and Rice

Empowering the poor, through education and community support,
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July 2014 Shining Stars

Posted by Tammy D on September 7, 2014 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (1)

The Shining Star Award goes to two extraordinary young people, Adrienne and Josh Manheimer. Adrienne and Josh were first introduced to ABCs when they began playing soccer on a Sunday with us approximately 9 months ago. They blended in well with the ABCs kids and quickly made friends. Then Josh decided to spend time every Friday volunteering at ABCs. His energy, enthusiasm, warmth and patience was outstanding and his willingness to give anything a go set him up as a great role model for ou...

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Here Fishy Fishy!

Posted by Tammy D on July 30, 2014 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Full Belly Farm has enjoyed abundant harvests lately. Apart from the usual long beans and leafy greens, we have been experimenting with gourd and eggplant with great success! The chickens are breeding well and enjoying a special vegie patch in their coop for them to feast on once the vegies have grown. A lot of work has been done by volunteers on flood mitigation work by securing the beds with retaining walls and we will certainly notic...

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Full Belly Farm,

Posted by Tammy D on December 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (1)

Over the wall the farm is developing rapidly. The poor soil has been enriched with compost and lots of various veggies planted. So far there are mung beans, cucumbers, morning glory, spring onions, kale, lettuce and corn!

There are 2 banana circles with banana plants on the outer ring and all sorts of other plants, such as ginger, growing inside. The speed of growth is phenomenal, and Jack Howard, Son Chea, and the forever smiling Mr Ty are working exceptionally hard to move t...

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Soccer Uniforms :)

Posted by Tammy D on December 16, 2012 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (1)

Continuing our involvement with the soccer league run by Globalteer, we were lucky enough to be have a family of soccer-mad volunteers. After seeing the ABCs and Rice teams play on a weekend they noticed we were one of the few teams taking part that did not have enough uniforms to kit out the whole team, and so they decided to donate football uniforms for ALL of team...

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Shining Stars

Posted by Tammy D on December 16, 2012 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

This month’s Shining Stars goes to the parents of one of our long-term volunteers, Rachel Woodgate. Lynn Blades and David Holmes held a fundraising barbeque at their home near Melbourne in Australia, running a silent auction and offering other goods for sale. They raised just a few dollars short of $1,500, a fantastic total, and our sincere thanks go to them and all of their friends who made it such a success.


Posted by Tammy D on December 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (1)

Having extended the new toilet/kitchen building, ABC’s and Rice now has a workshop to be proud of. It was put together by Peter Raynes and fitted out with all types of tools, mostly through generous donations and some brought over from various countries, incurring serious excess baggage charges! Our thanks go to those of you who donated tools. 

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La, a note to follow SEW!

Posted by Tammy D on December 16, 2012 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Adding to the current vocational studies of computer skills, paper making and basic woodworking, we are now the proud owners of 2 treadle sewing machines, kindly donated by Vivian Griffin who is volunteering with us for 3 months.

Viv has already started instruction on the sewing machines and is recycling old rice bags for the training, turning them into trendy, new school bags!

Weekend Working Bees

Posted by Tammy D on October 30, 2012 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Over the last month, as school days get busier and busier with a new emphasis on vocational classes and sports (in partnership with the Globalteer Sports Team), some of the team along with volunteers, have been organizing working bees on weekends to address a few tasks that needed a focus to get them completed.

The first one was to try to clear the area designated for sports in front of the new toilet/kitchen/Imagination Station building (see next newsletter for news on this exciting d...

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Knitting Craze Sweeps ABCs

Posted by Tammy D on October 30, 2012 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to our gorgeous volunteer Jay Francis, a new craze that could become bigger than Angry Birds, is sweeping ABCs and Rice – knitting!

Using improvised knitting needles from sharpened chopsticks Jay introduced basic skills to her class. Word soon got around and it has now gone ‘viral’ with all but our youngest kids now knitting feverishly, and it’s not just the girls. It’s become not just a favourite for the crafts classes, but they can be seen knittin...

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Shining Stars

Posted by Tammy D on October 30, 2012 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

This month’s choice of the ABCs and Rice Shining Star Award was an easy one to make, due to the amazing efforts of the employees at the John Holland construction project at Joondalup Health Campus Redevelopment in Perth, Western Australia.

The catalyst for this was from 2 of our amazing volunteers, Andrew Crew, who works for John Holland, and his partner Jacqueline Joschonek, who were both with us recently for about 2 months. Quite often we have volunteers who return home and are...

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