I read in one of my office newsletters that one of the managers in my office is taking a year's leave of absence to build an orphanage in Bolivia - where he comes from. From what I have read, it seems that much of Bolivia lives in poverty. Sounds like a good cause to me.
He is working in partnership with one of the large freight companies and will be able to send things cheaply to the orphanage in Bolivia. It (the orphanage) will be set up in the next year or so. Work has already begun and architects and engineers have started working on this.
Why am I bringing this up? Well, whenever I see the Dulaan projects or other similar projects, I think, "Wat a worthy cause". However the postage cost of sending things to these projects is quite beyond me. This time, I feel like I can help. I am happy to collect donations of hand-made items for these children. I have not been to Bolivia and don't know very much about the place. However, Nelson, the man from my office who is setting this up, has told me that the weather is much like Sydney - "When it gets cold it gets to as low as 6 degrees C or 8 degrees C and summer can get up to 29 degrees C". They will have a use for warm clothing, but probably not super bulky super warm knits.
If you are interested n contributing, please let me know and I will give you more details. Just so you know, I checked and the orphanage has no religious affiliation. They are, however, happy to receive items from anyone - religious or otherwise.
This just came up last night, so I haven't had an awful lot of time to think this through. I'd love to be able to help and do something, but the details have not been all worked out yet. so if you want to know more, just send me an email.