ABCs and Rice

Empowering the poor, through education and community support,
to break the cycle of poverty.


December, 2009

Posted by Tammy D on December 24, 2009 at 7:17 AM Comments comments (0)

Butterfly Tears

Posted by Tammy Durand on Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Monday, December 7th

Over the jet lag and excited to go rice shopping. Vanna goes ahead to negotiate the best price; fearfull that the sight of a foreigner would increase the rate, I wait patiently with his wife just down a small dirt road. We get the call from Vanna and we head in.

Piles of rice!, over 4000 kilos have just been purchased in SOID's name. We will have one month's supply delivered today, and the rest will be stored over the next six months. Vanna is beside himself with glee, I grab the camera and the truck is off to deliver!

The rice is sorted as it is every month, only the portions are slightly bigger. The students seem happy and I am just thrilled to finally be reunited with them. I glance at each face in each class, looking for a handfull of specific children who had made such a conection with me last time, ahh there she is; Butterfly, the ABC's and Rice poster child, one of the poorest in Veal Village. Why is she crying so hard? I hold her and kiss her, trying to ask her what has happened. She holds me but is inconsolable, I notice that many of th smallest children look sad but I am occupied with my sweet, sad girl. One of the older children grab her briskly seeming to scould her for her sobbing. When I get translation I smile and well up with tears of joy...The dearly valued bag of rice is too big for her to carry home!

No worries, we arranged a driver ,Ha! 6 kids got to ride on the back of a motorcycle down the dirt roads of Veal Village.

Another happy ending :D

We did this!, YOU did this!

Thank you


I need to see a man about a pig!?!?

Posted by Tammy Durand on Thursday, December 17, 2009

A few days ago I received an email from a friend; a girl from her school wants to purchase piglets for Veal Village as Christmas presents for her family. A tremendous idea, fits in perfectly with the goals of ABC's and Rice, "a hand UP, as opposed to a hand out". So I ask around but there is concern with regards to the care of these piglets and the financial investment that would be needed. We bounce ideas off of each other, Vanna acting primarily as translator and we come up with the idea of a chicken coup.

It has taken off from there, today I purchased bamboo from a man in the village. The piles of bamboo are the remains of his family home (a shack at best) which was destroyed in the flood. Vania, myself and a few local boys began construction today and should be done by tomorrow. The family that will tend to the chickens will eventually be entitled to one dozen eggs a week, "Breakfast Club will take what is needed to feed the children each day and the rest will be shared amongst the villagers. As the chickens grow some will be sold or slaughtered for the meat, others will be kept for the eggs and a portion of the profits will be re-invested in Veal Village's very own Chicken farm!

I have yet to hear back from the lady who wanted to buy piglets, and am not sure if she would like to contribute by purchasing chickens instead; but ABC's and Rice is buying 2 full grown hens and 20 chicks. I personally will buy 1 hen, and 10 chicks ($30 US) this is my Christmas gift to my parents. Perhaps some of my readers would be interested in partaking?

The Children of Veal village would be more than happy to make you all home made Christmas / Thank you cards and I could mail them off along with pictures.

Every aspect of this project feeds directly back in to the village right down to the wood that would otherwise have been rendered useless.

It is an amazing feeling to be a part of such positive changes. I welcome you to take part. God bless, and Happy holidays to you all.


Sunshine, Lollipops, and Tuk-tuks

Posted by Tammy Durand on Thursday, December 24, 2009

Dec 23, 2009

My life is Sunshine, lollipops, and Tuk-Tuks, everything that's wonderful; that's for sure!

Today we had a "grand opening" if you will for the Veal Village's chicken coupe.

A few children from breakfast club, along with some of the orphans visited the coupe during lunch break. We sang a few songs, chased the chickens around, and enjoyed a lunch of rice with eggs,(from the market as our chickens wont be producing for a while yet). Then they were treated to a lollipop and a tuk tuk ride through town.

Most of the children had never rode a tuk-tuk or even been to town.

They giggled at every bump, and pointed with awe at the large buildings and trucks. It stirred an amazing mixture of emotions, to see them so wide eyed and wonder-struck over the simplest of things.

I hope to somehow share some of my joy with all of you.

Of course; as always, there were many hugs, kisses and tickles. I have more than enough warm fuzzies here in my heart to keep all of Canada warm this winter, so I'm sending them your way now... Catch!


Much Love from all of us to all of you,



Tammy and the children of Veal Village,