Dear <<First Name>>, in prior newsletters, we have mentioned the fishing boat and putput bicycle taxi livelihood projects which are occurring on Leyte Island, under the leadership of Pastor Jonas and Disserie Lisbe. These projects provide income for families who lost their homes and jobs as a result of Super Typhoon Haiyan (in the Philippines Typhoon Yolanda)
When we started these projects, we expected to have just a few families involved, perhaps ten in total. With the order placed earlier this month, over 70 families will have regular, sustainable income for many years through these simple but effective projects. Both of these projects have strict compliance requirements for four years, after which the units will be given to the recipient families, if all requirements are met. To date, 100% of the boats and putputs remain operational and all recipient families remain in compliance with the signed agreements.
We appreciate the support of Global Impact, a local partner organization, which has sponsored nineteen boats and has eight more coming in June, for a total of twenty-seven boats! We will be traveling with representatives from Global Impact in June for a boat reunion and dedication of the eight new boats.
Funds for the other boats, twenty-five existing and one new boat, have been coordinated through Eric and Kelly Morton from Cape Girardeau, Missouri. One boat was given by the Morton Family in the name of their daughter Katherine. Funds for the other twenty-five boats, are through donations in memory of their son Alex, who died unexpectedly in February of 2015. Kelly Morton is a board member of Seeds of Dignity and will also visit Leyte in June.
The total number of fishing boats/recipient families after the next round of dispersal/dedication in June, will be 53, with still more coming.
As to the putput bicycle taxis, donations for these units have been coordinated from the Sonora, California area through Tim and Kathy Atchley, both board members of Seeds of Dignity. At present eight units are in service, four from Sierra Bible Church members and four from donations from the Atchley family.
Tragedy struck the Atchley family in March of 2016, when their son Rodney died unexpectedly. Donations are now being received in the memory of Rodney Atchley for the putput livelihood project. Additional units have already been reserved for this life giving memorial. Tim and Kathy will be joining us on a trip to Leyte in July, to formally dedicate these units and meet the recipient families.
We don't have answers.Two families and many friends grieve over the loss of cherished loved ones. Memorial gifts of the loved ones bring new life to families. Unexpected donations from Global Impact for 27 boats also bring hope, love and opportunities for many families.
Please pray for the families and friends of Rodney and Alex. Pray for all the recipient families of the boats and putputs. Pray for Pastor Jonas and Disserie as they manage this expanding project. Pray for safe travels for Kathy, Tim and Kelly as they prepare for the upcoming trips to the Philippines.
President, Seeds of Dignity Ministries, Inc.
President, Seeds of Dignity Ministries - Mindanao, Inc
Donations can be made for these and other projects to:
Seeds of Dignity Ministries, Inc
17076 Carriage Road
Sonora, CA 95370
All donations made from USA donors are tax deductible