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Here are some details and pics of all the work we are doing in Bali, as well as some entries about fundraising efforts. They're in date order, oldest at bottom, most recent at top.

YOUR donations make all this possible. Thank you :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS PARTY 21/12/18

On the last Friday of this term, we were able to take 25 of the Soccer and Basketball kids to a local restaurant, for a special Christmas party.

We had some fried rice (of course), played games (quiz + heads and tails) and handed out some small gifts that Claire had hand made for them.

Our friends, Martin (basketball coach), Megan (yoga instructor), and Rohim (the orphanage driver) joined us for a great evening with much laughter and general mucking around!

It was such a pleasure to spend time with them all, outside the orphanage, where they are always so relaxed and happy. We wish them all a wonderful Christmas and a happy and fulfilling new year!

Thankyou kids, for just being YOU!! ❤

 

 

 

 

 

MATAHARI TERBIT CENTRE 31/12/18

Towards the end of this year, we were able to visit another organisation here in Bali, called the “Matahari Terbit Centre”. Matahari Terbit is Indonesian for “Sunrise”.

The centre is situated next door to the “Sunrise International School” in Kerobokan. The centre doubles as a school for the disabled/handicapped, during the week. Then opens its doors on Saturday mornings, as a place where parents can bring their kids, to receive extra activities, such as arts and crafts, quizzes, games, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. It’s also a great way for the parents to meet, to have some relax time and chat with others in similar positions. It’s a great little community. There are on average 15 kids in attendance, ranging from 4 – 17 years. Their difficulties a wide ranging, but they all benefit from the same things.

There is a great team of local and international helpers, but they struggle to offer regular support in the hydrotherapy pool. So that’s where we could help. As a result, we have committed to regular hydrotherapy/swimming sessions. I suppose that means we’re hydrotherapists now!

The kids really enjoy splashing around and just being in the water. It’s incredibly rewarding. We’ll carry this on into the new year, and look for other ways to help with their ongoing needs.

 

 

 

 

 

SPORTS & RECREATION #5 31/12/18

At the end of an incredibly successful year, we managed to reach our target of offering a weekly outside activity to every single child at the orphanage. We are so proud!

So, we have swimming and hydrotherapy on Mondays, Soccer and Gymnastics (Aged 6 – 12 years) on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Yoga and beach activities on Wednesdays, and Soccer, Basketball and Dance class (Aged 13 – 19 years) on Fridays. Not forgetting of course, the trip to the play centre for the little ones once a month. It’s an action packed schedule and the kids are thoroughly enjoying it.

2019 will see us continue the trend, with soccer friendlies and competitions, gymnastic and dance displays and skills improving across the board, from increased exposure to new and exciting opportunities and interactions with new people.

But that’s not all. We have recently started helping out at a local centre for kids with physical and mental disabilities, making new friends, who amaze us with their courage and joy for life. AND there’s a big new project in the pipeline for Sumba.

Thank you everyone once again, for continuing to support us on this rollercoaster of a journey. Lots more to do yet!

 

 

 

 

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SPORTS & RECREATION #4 01/11/18

Another successful Sports and Rec term was completed in mid October, and after a short break, we are back with the new term. Thank you all again for your continued support. That's how this is able to continue.

Please take a look at our go fund me page, where you can still donate and help spread the word, offer opportunities to even more kids, and keep this going into the next term!! All the info is on the home page.

 

 

 

 

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NEW TYRE FOR THE BUS 22/10/18

One of the orphanage drivers recently brought to our attention, a defective tyre on the “Jetbus”. This is the largest of the two vehicles used to transport the children to and from school. We had the slow puncture fixed, but unfortunately, it had already become misshapen and was now dangerous. So we paid for it to be changed. As a result, we checked all the tyres on the bus and discovered another defective tyre! No problem though. We changed that too. Job Done.

 

 

 

 

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NEW KINDLES 02/11/18

Claire’s brother, Rhod, visited last week and brought a heap of goodies from the UK, including some soccer boots, clothes and also three “Kindle” e-readers. Arin and Ambu have already enjoyed reading many, many ebooks on two kindles brought previously. So now it was time for an upgrade.

They are now the proud owners of two Kindle “Fire” tablets and are absolutely thrilled! Sharon will receive the 3rd one. Then two slightly younger girls, Natasha and Yanti will get the original two Kindles. All are so happy and love to read novels, including Harry Potter, Charles Dickens and many of the greats. Plus a host of Novels by famous Indonesian authors. It's so great to know they can enjoy feeding their imaginations.

 

 

 

 

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SPORTS & RECREATION #3 02/08/18

We’ve achieved great things so far this year, thanks to your support!

We’ve managed to provide regular weekly Hydrotherapy and swimming lessons for Esto and many other kids, Yoga and beach playtime, including some tasty spicy BBQ corn cobs as a reward, Soccer and Gymnastics twice a week for 27 kids, playtime at a local kids play centre for the 10 little ones and the most recent addition is Basketball for 6 girls twice a week!

So, in total, we have a “Sports and Rec” Program offering a “once a week” opportunity for around 50 kids from the orphanage to participate in an activity, which helps their focus, stimulation and motivation towards something they enjoy, which also has a knock on affect to other things, such as attitude towards school and their general behaviour. We have already seen a marked improvement in certain children, who have previously had trouble with the above. Now, when homework needs to be done, they have a reason to get on with it. The reward being time outside the orphanage to do something fun and worthwhile!

It’s been so wonderful to be a part of this amazing experience. Seeing the progress of the children as they improve their skills. Esto and others, can now swim to a certain extent. Despite his condition, he’s getting stronger every day. The orphanage under 12’s soccer team is fast approaching and will win trophies for sure, with some of the kids already being selected for district and competing in national competitions, the skills in gymnastics and parkour of both girls and boys is just incredible, and one of the girls has been selected to represent her district at basketball!

This is all down to you guys, of course, for supporting us all the way. We’ll never get tired of saying THANKYOU THANKYOU THANKYOU!!!

The new term started on August 14th and we’re actively seeking more funding to enrol even more kids into the program. We’ll keep you posted.

 

 

 

 

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SUMBA HOME VISIT 29/06/18

Two weeks after our first visit, with the newly graduated older kids, another 16 of the kids from Jodie O'Shea House were due to go home to their island of Sumba in June, for a chance to spend some much needed time with their families and loved ones. They get the chance to do this every 2 years.
Last year we accompanied a different group of children, which was both revealing and rewarding!

Unfortunately, a lack of available funds at the orphanage, meant that the trip was cancelled at very short notice, leaving these kids very upset indeed.

So, the Jack Price Project stepped up and offered to pay for the boat tickets and some food for the journey. The founder very gladly and gratefully accepted the offer, and we set to work.

BUT, we hit a snag immediately!
Having spent an age at the local ticket office and seemingly purchased said tickets, we were informed the following day that the boat was already sold out and there was no room!!! Arrrgghhh!! – No tickets were issued.

The newly excited kids were gutted once more. So Claire suggested enquiring about flights, to which I exclaimed "you've got to be joking! It'll never work!"
A few days later, on June 13th, 16 kids and a supervising adult, checked in at Denpasar airport and flew off to Sumba.

They were picked up at the other end and taken on a 4 hour journey in the back of a pickup truck, each with a little food parcel, made up by Claire, to arrive back at their village and to be reunited with their ecstatic families. RESULT!

The kids were able to stay for a whole month before returning by boat to Bali, (also funded by the JPP) in time to resume their schooling.

We followed on a couple of weeks later, in our second visit, to catch up with everyone. It is truly a wonderful thing to see the kids, whom we know so well, back in their homes and in the bosom of their families.

We were invited to attend "Revan's" 10th birthday party which he shared with his 11 year brother, who he sees once every 2 years and witnessed a beautiful happy reunited family.

Esto was also among the lucky ones to make it home, where he spent time with his family. He joined us for many trips to the local watering holes for a daily wash and some hydrotherapy, Sumba Style!

We revisited some of the veg gardens to track the progress. This was amazing because it had worked so well. Plenty of fresh food to sustain a family indefinitely.

We managed to arrange some video calls between the kids and their friends back in Bali too.

We had also invited a brother of one of the kids (Fransi), who's name is Niel, to come back to Bali with us for a change of scenery and to spend some more time with his sibling. Despite the lack of time spent together over the last 11 years, they are very close. Niel is 29 years old and a rice farmer. He accepted and returned to Bali with us on 3rd September.

He stayed with us for a couple of weeks. We rented a scooter for him and paid for him to get a proper driving license. He's been driving in Sumba without it for 15 years!

Very quickly, we managed to hook him up with one of the maintenance men at our house, who so brilliantly took him under his wing and found a job within no time at all. Fantastic!

Niel is still in Bali, working very hard as a gardener and saving his money He has a plan to return to Sumba once he has enough saved up, and buy a big industrial petrol strimmer (around £200), which will take him around a year. He never went to school, so wages for workers like him are very low.

He wanted to buy a rotivator (mini tractor), but at around £3000, it's a bit unrealistic. Back in Sumba, he can start his own business as a grass and Bush cutter. There is a good chance he will be able to sustain his mum, dad, nieces and nephews with that.

We also provided funding for two of this year's school leavers from the orphanage to obtain driving licenses. Both kids are now in full time employment and driving legally!

As always, this stuff doesn't happen without your support. Thankyou.

Much love to all.
Richard, Claire and Katie.

 

 

 

 

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SUMBA AID PACKAGES 05/06/18

We were lucky enough once again this year, to visit the island of Sumba and spend some time with the kids and their families. The trip happened in 2 separate visits.

The first was the same 34 hour ferry crossing on that mucky old boat that looks like it was bought from P&O about 30 years ago, just before they decided to scrap it.

We booked 2 cabins this time, to make it a little more comfortable. It worked but we had to share with a large family of cockroaches. We all became friends by the end. When we arrived, 2 local groups of porters had a fight over who was going to carry our luggage to the truck. They ended up sharing the job, so they were all happy. Not so good for us though, because the truck never arrived! So we had to hire a bus, which looked like an off road version of Scooby Doo's "Mystery Machine".

The 90 minute trip back to the kids village in the hills was a great experience.  The driver had the music blasting and the kids, all aged 16 and up, sang all the way.  "Despasito" is very popular over here. 

We stayed with Fransi's family again, who were the perfect hosts, offering an abundance of rice and spinach, all cooked on an open fire. The kids took us to the waterfalls again and we visited many of the families, giving small aid packages, including vegetable seeds, to encourage them to maintain their veg gardens, in order to be more self sufficient and have a more varied diet.  More about that in part 2.

We visited the local primary school, to give an impromptu English lesson and do some craft making. We met the teachers and are now investigating ways to expand a "High School" program. The high schools are so far away from many villages, so it's impossible to get the kids there each day. Maybe a village "school bus" is the answer? Claire and Katie did some cooking classes and we also managed to fix up a couple of knackered motorbikes. 

Claire and I returned to Bali 5 days later, but Katie stayed on for a further 4 weeks.

 

 

 

 

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SPORTS & RECREATION – LEAVERS' SPECIAL 04/05/18

It’s that time of year again, where a new batch of Orphanage kids complete their final exams and look forward to graduating from Senior High School and starting the new lives out in the big world.

We thought it would be nice to treat them to a fun evening out. We took them trampolining, ten pin bowling, then for a meal in a local warung (café) and finished with some donuts.

Here’s wishing them all the best of luck for graduating!

 

 

 

 

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BOOKS #2 17/04/18

Here’s another little top up to the kids library. A selection of paperback teen novels, requested by a few of our bookworms.

We are also in possession of two Kindles and I managed to find a website that offers free downloads of novels in PDF format and in Bahasa Indonesia too! Including Harry Potter, Famous Five, Charles Dickens and Twilight. Quite a broad range to suit all interests. However, two kindles do not split well between 94 kids, so paperbacks in the native tongue are still very much in demand.

If anyone has an old kindle that they don’t need anymore, please let us know. They will be put to extremely good use!

 

 

 

 

 

 

GYMNASTICS AND SPORTS RECREATION #2 23/03/18

This was phase 2 of our sports and rec activities for the kids of Jodie O’Shea House. It was a 10 week term this time, and we were able to introduce 15 more children to the sport of gymnastics. They thoroughy enjoyed it.

We were also able to find sponsors for Lilis, Ryan and Yoel, which enabled them to attend once a week for most of the term!

We hope to continue this for them into the next term along with more promising youngsters. So thanks to Babette, Melanie and Tanou for supporting these kids. Their skills now include cartwheels, backflips, front flips, head stands, handstands, dive rolls, round offs and even a little bit of beam and bar work.

There is also a soccer program running at Finns club. We took 3 boys along to try it out, ready for the next term. They loved it, and were invited to play in a tournament the following weekend.

This is something we will definitely include in the next sports and rec project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESTO'S HYDROTHERAPY – PART 2 05/03/18

Another successful Hydrotherapy project complete for Esto and friends.

You will remember that we arranged for our good pal Esto to come back to the villa for some much needed therapy for his aching muscles, due to his Cerebral Palsy. Well, he has improved again in his stength and stamina in the water, and we are lucky enough to have 2 Belgian girls helping out at Jodie O’Shea House at the moment.

Jana and Michelle are doing their internships for their University degrees and both happen to be qualified swimming instructors! So Esto and many other kids have been able to learn from the experts.

It’s been great fun for all and they are an absolute joy to be around. We have already started a 3rd phase of this project and will update all the kids' progress very soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PEEK-A-BOO! 28/02/18

We have 10 “Little ones” at Jodie O’Shea House, aging from 2 to 7. They are a very happy bunch, most of the time, but do spend the vast majority of their time inside the home. They have 3 nannies, who take good care of them, but all would like them to have the chance to get out and have a some new experiences.

We found a children’s play centre, not far from where we live, called “Peek A Boo”. It’s a lovely big open space which is undercover, filled with trampolines, a climbing castle, inflatable mats, soft floor and lots of toys and games, both fun and educational.

Needless to say the kids absolutely loved it!!!!! The nannies too!

We manage to take them in the JOS mini bus, in between its hectic “school run” schedule. The kids get 2 hours to play and learn, with a break half way through for a bowl of cut fruit. It brings back very fond memories of taking our kids to places like this in Swansea, many years ago. The beaming smiles and boundless energy of the kids charging round, taking in as much as they can at once, is reward enough for anyone lucky enough to spend time with them.

On the current budget, we will take them there once a month. We can’t wait for the next trip!

 

 

 

 

 

 

NUTRI'S EXAM UNIFORM 17/02/18

Nutri is 18 years old and one of seven kids in the middle of their final exams right now. They will all graduate in May and begin their new lives independently. It’s a very exciting but anxious time. Lots of stress!

As part of her exams in her bias of “Hospitality”, which forms most of Balinese economy, she must perform “ Front office” duties and be assessed accordingly. This would involve checking guests in to a mocked up hotel scenario, checking them out, making reservations and attending customers every request or complaint. She must wear traditional Balinese dress for this, which she didn’t own. So we took her to a local store and kitted her out.

She looked amazing and the exam went very well. Well done Nutri!

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEACH BBQ AND LITTERPICK 04/02/18

Further to our regular beach BBQ trips to Serangan, we have decided to encourage the kids to give something back, by starting a litter pick activity.

This particular beach area is frequented by local people. It’s perfect for relaxing, swimming, BBQ’s, etc, without being overrun by tourists. But the litter is absolutely everywhere. There are no public liiter bins and no rubbish collection service. Plastic, of course is the biggest problem by far. So it’s time to make a start. We have always taken our own rubbish away with us when we leave, but we need to start taking more.

This is something that the kids actually found very difficult to understand. They are so use to things being like this, and didn’t see why they had to clean up someone else’s mess! We are slowly getting through to them and making some progress. They still get to go to the beach, have a swim, make a fire and cook some grub, but in return, they must collect some black bags full of rubbish, which can be taken to an “Eco Waste” management facility nearby.

Bali is slowly starting to deal with the enormous litter and rubbish problem, but it will be a long time before they get on top of the situation. We hope that by encouraging the kids to do be pro active now, they will in turn be able to help educate generations to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

KIDS' STORAGE BOXES 11/01/18

This was a nice little project. A lot of the older kids at Jodie O’Shea House have some custom made metal storage boxes, designed to fit nicely under their bunk beds. There, they can keep their personal stuff, like clothing, toiletries, keepsakes, etc.

Unfortunately, with so many kids around, pilfering is common. But there are still many kids wthout anywhere safe to keep things.

We decided to make 10 new boxes from wood, because it’s cheaper and easier to work with, fitted with castors, for ease of movement under the bunks and little padlocks, for security.

The kids thoroughly enjoyed helping construct them. Their handyman skills are coming along very nicely indeed. They finished each box off with a cool spray paint graffiti style name tag. Well done kids!

 

 

 

 

 

 

GYMNASTICS AND SPORTS RECREATION #1 15/12/17

There is a very popular sports and recreational club here in Bali called the Finns Club. It is a strong supporter of Jodie O’Shea House and arranges many day trips for them to use the facilities. There is a fantastic water park, and this is where the kids all spend Christmas Day together.

We have managed to set up an arrangement for the kids to attend the gymnastics classes twice a week, rotating 2 kids each time, on a 3 week “Trial” period. We have to do this in order to make sure as many kids as possible are able to have a go. After that, the ones that show skill and are willing to committ, are put forward for sponsorship. We managed to take about 15 kids in total across 5 weeks, with Ryan and Lilis being the stand outs.

They will hopefully be sponsored for the next term, where we will continue our trial program. It’s been a huge success, with the Gym instructors giving us full support and even offering for Katie to help out with coaching all the kids who attend the classes, from age 3 – 16. She’s enjoying it very much and we’re very grateful to coaches Tanou (Austria), Tomi (Java), and the sports directors Nicolas (Ecuador) and Bella (Germany) for supporting us and the Jodie O’Shea kids 100%.

We’re really looking forward to expanding this further in the near future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WATER PURIFICATION 10/11/17

This was a big one!

Jodie O’Shea House has a series of water filtration cylinders which the ground water supply must pass through, in order to make it safer for everyday use. The cylinders contain Sand, Carbon, Manganese and Resin. These help to remove deposits and make the water clean enough for use in cooking, cleaning, laundry and showering, etc. BUT NOT for drinking!

Our aim was to refill and service all 9 cylinders on site, which had long expired and also service the “Reverse Osmosis” machine, which kills all the bacteria and makes the water fit to drink. We also cleaned the plastic pipes carrying the water, which were absolutely filthy!

There is good news and bad news.

The good news is that we successfully managed to complete the first part of the job and now all 9 cylinders are in full working order and will last for 3 more years, before requiring servicing and refilling again.

The bad news is that we overspent, because there was a lot more to do than first estimated, as we had to make a temporary repair to the main drain which had collapsed! and service one of the water pumps. Then we then ran out of money.

So the drinking water still has to be bought in at extra expense, because we couldn’t afford to repair and service the purifying machine.

We aim to come back to this project as soon as possible and finish the job!

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESTO'S HYDROTHERAPY – PART 1 24/10/17

Hi Everyone, we’d like to introduce you to our very good friend, Esto.

He is 11 years old and suffers from Cerebral Palsy. He struggles daily with able movement and constant muscle pain. He also struggles with brain functions a little. This however does not stop him from trying anything, from playing football, to cooking, boxing, climbing mountains, helping me on the tools and swimming.

He’s great company and although he has his fair share of “Down” days, his laugh is wicked and he loves a practical joke!

After doing some reaseach and speaking to friends and family, with similar challenges, we decided to give him swimming sessions, once a week, to offer some hydrotherapy style muscle relief.

This involved coming back to our house each week, with his best friend, Melvi, for a dip in the pool and a takeway after.

It’s been a huge success and he has thoroughly enjoyed it! We were also able to expand the project to include more friends from Jodie O’Shea house, to come on a rota basis and enjoy some splash time too.

Sadly, the budget, which stretched much further than we expected, has run out, but we will start the whole thing up again very soon. Don’t worry Esto, it’ll be worth the wait!!!!!

Please enjoy the photos of our pal. He’s a real fighter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVACUATION TRIP #1 15/10/17

Mt Agung in Bali is the largest active volcano on the island. It last erupted in 1963, killing over 1000 people. This was mainly due to a lack of organasation and understanding about the risk and impact the eruption would have.

Well, Mt Agung is grumbling again. It doesn’t affect us, or Jodie O’Shea House directly, as we are far away from the impact, or “Red Zone”. It does however affect over 140,000 people who have been avacuated from the locality. Many have sold their livestock, in fear of losing them altogether. They’ve had to sell at a fraction of the market value, which will affect them hugely, moving forward.

We arranged, with the help of our volunteer friends, Kalle, Marina, Erik, Antonia, Eveliina, Camilla and Leanne, to take some surplus stuff we have here, consisting mainly of clothing, and also some medicines, food, toys, games, pens, pencils and drawing books to one of the evacuation camps, to help in some small way.

We took 7 of the older kids with us, to give them some experience of how others have to struggle with their own problems in life.
It was well worth going. The kids helped hand over the donations, chat with some of the camp mates, play volleyball and sing songs with the children and soak up the atmosphere.

This is one of many camps in the area and we plan to visit multiple times, taking as many of our kids with us, so they can all help. The volcano could erupt at any moment, but could also not. So these people could be in limbo for many months! We’ll keep you posted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GLASSES FOR YESSI 14/10/17

Yessi is one of the kids living here at Jodie O’shea House.

She is a lovely, friendly, confident girl, who’s just turned 18. She is a dedicated student, who is sure to do well in her exams. She suffers from Asthma and her eyesight is not the best. She has been in desperate need of a new eye test and an upgrade for her glasses.

So, we took her to a local optician and kitted her out with a new pair.
Very straightforward and a good, quick result. We went in at 10am and picked up the new glasses at 5pm the same day.

She’s very happy and would like to say a very big thankyou to everyone helping with the Jack Price Project. You’re very welcome Yessi!

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLOTHING STORAGE 04/10/17

We are still trying to sort out the storage system at Jodie O’Shea House.
Almost 1 year ago, we had a plan to empty one room full of stuff and relocate it elsewhere, at the same time, creating a more organised way of keeping inventory of donated items, so as not to duplicate things.

At this point we have managed, with the help of The JPP and other donors here, to find new homes for everything, except clothing and shoes.
The whole point of emptying this afore mentioned room, is to create a new space, which will be converted into a computer/quiet study room, for the teenagers.

I’m glad to say that we’re getting there at last!
We purchased 70 plastic containers and have arranged everything into categories which are much easier to identify and keep tidy.

These containers will unfortunately have to remain in the room, so the next step will be to install sliding doors, to conceal them from the study area. We have also found somewhere to put the shoes!

More progress updates to come shortly, as the doors and the study room begin to take shape. The kids are very excited!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

PICTURE FRAME 02/10/17

Claire found a 10 year old colour photo under one of the stairwells at Jodie O’Shea House.

It’s a massive 1 metre by 2 metre picture, of the kids performing a song. Some of the kids in this photo have since moved on and started their new lives out in the big wide world, but a lot are still here! It’s amazing to see how they’ve all grown up. They were also all here when we visited as a family with Jack, all those years ago. You can see the video that we posted on www.thejackpriceproject.com video page. So, in a way, they all met Jack, which is a lovely thought.

Unfortunately, part of the photo has perished but Claire managed to save a lot of it, and added more photos to fill in the gaps. So now we have a beautiful picture of all the kids, past and present!

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAUNDRY BAGS #2 29/9/17

Following the success of the first batch of environmentally friendly laundry bags, which we made up last year from some leftover material, we found some more material in a cupboard, and made another batch. This has completely eliminated the use of plastic bags for organising the kids uniforms and daily changes of clothes. Plastic bags are everywhere here and we’re constantly picking them up and disposing of them before the little ones get hold of them! Every little helps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOOKS & MINI LIBRARY 28/09/17

Many of the children here love to read books. Novels and super hero books are very popular. And although the general standard of english speaking is very high, they do seem to struggle when it comes to reading stories with more in depth characters and plot lines. There is a good supply here of such books, in English text, but very few in Bahasa Indonesia.

So, we took some of the kids to a local book store to choose some new reading books, printed in their native tongue. Claire has opened a “mini” library within the existing one, where they can come and choose a novel or super hero story book, sign it out and then return it when finished. It has been a huge success and we will have to repeat this very soon, as they’re getting through them at an incredible pace!

 

 

 

 

 

 

KATIE REES' 10K RUN 24/09/2017

Well done Katie Rees!!!!!

A few weeks ago Katie ran the Swansea 10K race on behalf of the Jack Price Project. She finished in 1 hour 21 minutes and 17 seconds. A great time!
Thanks so much Katie for doing this for Jack and the project. He would be so proud, as are we! We will put your hard earned money raised to a very worthy cause.  Lots of Love, Richard, Claire and Katie. xxxxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEVERN BRIDGE RUN 02/09/2017

Following the success of the 21 for 21 K runs both in Swansea and Bali, our great friends and tireless JPP soldiers, Sid and Craig, set off on the craziest of runs, all in aid of the Jack Price Project and for the kids of Jodie O’Shea House.

They ran 75.4 miles non stop and all night, from the marina bridge in Swansea, to the Severn bridge, just over the border in England. It was a massive test of skill, physical and mental strength. They burnt a staggering 11,000 calories and raised an incredible £513 (so far) for this great cause.

Craig also kept true to his promise and shaved off all his hair, which he’d been growing for 406 days, prior to the run.

This is yet another example of how, in this terrible world, full of very bad people, there are also good people, rising to the challenge and giving hope when all seems lost.

Thank you so much to everyone who has worked so hard this year to help these amazing kids, and in turn give us the strength to carry on!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEAVERS' PACKS 01/09/17

When the kids here graduate from Senior High School, it's time for them to leave, get a job and begin life in the real world.

We all know how giant a leap this is, leaving the safety and security of home. But it's something that simply cannot be avoided.

Some are keen to get started and look forward to their new found freedom and independence. Some, however, struggle more. The door is always open and we often see them coming back for visits, to have a meal with their mates, grab some toothpaste and maybe do some laundry if they time it right. But it's really important for them to learn to manage their own money and support themselves. They're not as lucky as many of us in the western world who have their families to fall back on. It's just not how it works here. Our visit to Sumba highlighted that to us!

So, 7 kids graduated and left in August. The orphanage, through a network of organisations and businesses has been able to get jobs for all of them, provide scooters, which they can pay back from their wages, and set them up in a "Kost", which is a very small bedsit. This is how young adults do it here. It's a good start.

To help them a little more, we teamed up with our new Belgian friends, Stephanie, Milou and Babette, to provide 7 sets of the following start up items
1. Single ring stove
2. Gas bottle & regulator
3. Rice cooker
4. Iron
5. 4 way extension socket
6. 12" electric fan.
7. Toiletries, bedsheets, towels, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc (provided by the Orphanage)

The kids were ever so grateful and have made great use of it all.
Good luck kids, or should I say Young Adults!

 

 

 

 

 

 

BALI HALF MARATHON 28/08/17

PART 2 Accomplished!!!!

So Claire and I drove North East from Sanur towards Gianyar. A 40 minute Scooter ride at 6.30am. Believe it or not, we both had to wear jackets (I wore my Murton Rovers one of course), because it was so cold. With windchill, it had to be no more than 18 degrees!!!!!

We arrived just after dawn and managed to find a spot relatively close to the finish line. It turns out that this was an international event with over 2000 entrants, running 10k, 21k and full marathon. An interesting fact. 80% of entrants were over the age of 40.

Yunus (age 18) was first in at around 2 hours, closely followed by Joroen (age 47). Fransi(age 18) was next about 10 minutes later. Then Sara (age 43) and finally Agus (age 18), who suffered a hamstring pull about half way through, and was not happy! 

After refuelling with water and a banana, we took some photos and headed back to the orphanage, via a most exellent coffee and donut franchise called J.Co. Very apt we thought - "Jack and Company!" Joroen, Sara and the boys felt very honoured to run for our cause. In fact the boys were so proud of running for us, I don't think they'd thought about where the money raised was actually going! 

This brings me on to the subject of just how proud Claire, Katie and I are of the children we and you, are all helping together. The whole weekend has been extremely inspiring and emotional, as I'm sure you can imagine. Very mixed feelings of course. Another year without our beautiful boy, wondering how he might have celebrated his 21st birthday. Would he have let Mum arrange a party at the house? Would he swing by after work? Would he bring his girlfriend? But knowing that he is loved and remembered by so many, is where we get our strength to fight on. THANKYOU SO SO MUCH!!!!! We will never be able to repay you for your ongoing love and support.

Please keep supporting and donating to help us help the children and young adults here in Bali. Believe me, they are all absolutely worth it!

You can donate via the link here on facebook, or via the links and info provided on the website www.thejackpriceproject.com.

Please enjoy the photos. We also have LOADS of projects to update you on, which I'll post over the coming weeks. Now it's over to Sid and Craig to finish the tour by smashing the Swansea to Severn Bridge challenge out of the water!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 for 21 RUN 26/08/17

A massive thanks to everyone that ran, supported, ate and had a drink yesterday for the JPP '21 for 21 Run'. A fantastic day with amazing friends of the JPP. 

So far you have all helped raise just over £400 which is awesome. This money will help do a lot of good for young children that need it. Thank you all again for your support for a wonderful cause. Big Love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHARITY CRICKET MATCH #2 04/08/17

A huge thank you to everyone who played, came along to support, bought a ticket and enjoyed the 2nd Annual JPP cricket match at Mumbles Cricket Club.
An entertaining match played in a cracking spirit which saw the JPP XI coming out on top for the 2nd year in a row.

The generosity and love of you all has raised a massive £577 for the JackPriceProject which will continue to help children, orphans and young adults. Thank you all.

 

 

 

 

 

GAMES TABLES 04/06/17

Here's a great way to make use of an old table that would otherwise end up at the tip. Claire has transformed 3 old tables at the orphanage into games tables! Chess, Snakes and Ladders, Sorry and a new version of that old-school favourite, Coin Soccer. They've been a huge success.

I took on Melvi at chess for my first game in over 30 years. I was confident, but unfortunately he destroyed me in under 5 minutes!!!!! But don't worry, I'm now up to 15 minutes before resigning. We're hoping to also stage our first coin soccer cup competetion soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARIN THE BOOKWORM 04/06/17

Hi all, this is Arin, the orphanage book worm, relaxing in the garden this morning with her latest read. She and Claire are very close and enjoy making necklaces and bracelets, sewing blankets and chatting about everything. You'll notice Jack's plaque in the picture too! I'm really glad I managed to capture this on camera this morning. Thank you Arin. You're making a difference more thank you know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE TRIP TO SUMBA – A THREE-PART EPIC

PART 1

In June, this year, we had the privilege of accompanying 15 of the teenage kids back to their home island of Sumba. This island is one of the most beautiful places we’ve experienced, but at the same time, the most arid and poor. It lies east of Bali, near Komodo (Home of the dragon). If you travel by plane, it takes just an hour to get there, but by boat (Indonesia’s version of a P&O ferry), it’s a 34 hour ordeal. We all took the latter form of transport. The best way to describe the facilities would be “lacking”.

This first of 3 instalments describes that journey.
We arrived at the port, to find that the only way to get on board was through a 10 foot entrance corridor. When it opened, 900 people had 2 hours to get themselves, and all their baggage, through and onto the boat, before the doors were shut. It was utter Carnage, but we managed it! WE WERE THE ONLY FOREIGNERS ON THE BOAT. A Very strange feeling.

Once on board, it was a mad scramble to find an area with beds, similar to sun loungers to set up camp. It was a long trip, with a large amount of Indo Mie (Pot noodle, Asian style) consumed and a 4 hour stop at a small island called Bima, which resembled the “Island” on that popular US drama series, “Lost”. Beautiful, but nothing to do.

We arrived in Sumba at 2am the following morning, to find that our transport had broken down, and was in the process of being fixed. It finally arrived 3 hours later in the form of an open back dumper truck. On we jumped, baggage and all, which included special aid parcels of food, clothing and toiletries that Claire had organised, and set off into the night. We arrived an hour later at a small village in the hills, called Tanararra. Most of the kids came from this area. We all dispersed to various wood huts and buildings. There we met our hosts. They are the family of Fransi, an 18 year old lad who has the biggest heart. The language barrier was a little tricky to start but Fransi’s English has improved significantly in recent months, and with mine and Katie’s basic Bahasa skills, we did ok. We then managed a couple of hours sleep before beginning our Sumba adventure.

PART 2

Sumba is beginning to see the influx of toursim around some of the coastline, but the interior remains untouched by the “Foreigners” or Bule (pronounced boolay), as we’re commonly called. This means that it is an incredibly beautiful, yet poor landscape, with rice farming being by far and away the biggest form of income.

Most homes are huts and buildings made from Bamboo, with tin or thatched rooves. Some have a small electricity supply. Toilets are a hole in the ground out the back. No bathrooms. Water is collected from a nearby well. The father of the family we stayed with, dug his himself, by hand, 15 years ago. It took him 3 years to complete. It goes to a depth of 12 metres and was lined with rocks to stop it caving in. His ladder was a bamboo trunk which he shimmied up and down, to remove the earth! You will see a photo if him, with me, in Part 3. He makes me look like a Giant! The mum, who has carried water from there in any old bucket or paint pot she can find, for all that time, totally refused my offer of help. Everybody’s hospitality and generosity was very humbling.

There is very little to do there and the favorite pastime for the adults is to sit and eat a concoction of some sort of leaf/berry/fruit combination, which turns their teeth red. It’s insane. After being pressured into trying it out of respect, I discovered that the reason they love it so much is because it has some interesting affects on your vision and perception, if you know what I mean. Not pleasant for me in the slightest, but they seem to love it. I think they accepted that they were never to ask me to do that again.

The kids managed to beg steal or borrow some motorbikes from family and friends, which enabled us to visit some beautiful waterfalls, and swim, rock dive and cook dinner on the fire. The menu on one such day included a very large bat! Of course, I tried it. Very nice. Tasted like lean beef. Claire and Katie stuck to Ubi Manis (Sweet potato) and Jagung (Corn Cobs).

Our meals with our guests at various homes, consisted of rice, green vegetables and fire cooked chicken. They all kept chickens and pigs, for this reason, so one would be killed for such occasions.

With the help from a Russian Foundation, about 40 wells have or are being dug here, so fresh water is much more accessible now, resulting in the rise of vegetable gardens, which can be irrigated more easily, offering more self sufficiency for families. There are schools here, and most kids get to go until they are about 10 years old. Then it’s simply a case of “If you can afford it, your child can go”. In most cases this isn’t possible.

Claire and I stayed for 5 days, and then flew home, in order to help the orphanage with another trip for the younger kids. Katie, however, stayed a further 2 weeks and returned with the older kids by boat. Another 34 hours, but this time with no beds, as they missed out. A most unpleasant experience for all. We hope you enjoy the photos. Sorry there are so many. It was very difficult to decide which ones to post. There are so many more too.

PART 3

Our aid parcels didn’t really stretch very far, but it’s something we can build on in the future. Everyone was so friendly, welcoming and incredibly thankful for the work that we are doing to give their children a better start in life. Once again, this is all thanks to you for supporting us through the Jack Price Project, keeping our son’s spirit very much alive and part of our every waking moment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GARDEN 03/06/17
Here's another one! There is a memorial garden at the orphanage, where the founder, Alison, very kindly put a plaque for Jack. It's a beautiful peaceful area with many plaques, remembering those who have played an important part in the very existence of the place.

We are very honoured for our son to be included. Claire, Katie and I often visit, and have morning tea and biscuits with some of the younger kids. Two teenagers have also taken it upon themselves to maintain the garden by trimming the trees and bushes, and watering the plants.

Claire had a chat with them and suggested that we could spend some money on some new plants and shrubs, to spruce the place up a bit. They were very keen to help and have done a great job! A very dedicated pair!

It's a great start, but there's definitely room for more, so, again, we will revisit this again soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIX THE BIKES 31/05/17

Here's a little project we completed a while back. There are very few bicycles at the orphanage, and with 96 kids, they get a right hammering. We managed to fix a couple of them, but there is more to do yet. This will be something we'll get back too hopefully soon. Thanks to all the lads who got stuck in!
Enjoy the photos. More smiling faces please!

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAZEBO 09/04/17

We've just completed our biggest project yet! This one's been going on for a while. There is an area at the orphanage which has been used for different things through the years, from a grassed lawn, to a vegetable garden and more recently a dumping ground, for all sorts of bits and pieces. Discarded broken metal climbing frames, chairs and other rubbish. The oblong plot consists of a water "pump house" where the incoming supply is fed through a series of filters and then pumped around the orphanage.It's pretty ugly, and a big wooden Gazebo, which again, has been moved around over the years and currently rests here. It all looked a bit worn out and was in dire need of a makeover. So the JPP, along with Alison, the founder joined forces to give it a go.

Alison supplied a large amount of artificial grass and we supplied the sand, cement, tools, glue, ironmongery and bamboo, to create a fantastic relaxation and recreational area for all the kids. The orphanage supplied the labour by way of the Big Boys! What an enormous effort by them. The photos show just how hands on they were. We brought in a few more bags of sand and also managed to re-level the football area adjacent, which takes a hammering. They play football every evening without fail. The main purpose of this project was to provide a "Chill out" area for the older kids, who, like alot of teenagers, as we know, tend to spend too much time on their own in their rooms. There is now a lovely place for them to gather, sit on the new beanbags, chat, listen to music and play cards together after dinner and before bed. But during the day, the little ones are all over it!

We also repaired the gazebo roof and installed lights and a big fan in the ceiling to make it cooler. Claire spends alot of time there during the day, playing with the little ones, and doing craft activities with all ages. We're really glad we did it. 

As always, thankyou all for your support. It means so much. But it won't stop there. We have some bigger projects lined up. Please Watch this space.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THANK YOU VERY MUCH BEN!!!! 28/05/17

The lovely Ben Tiffin has donated a whopping £250 to our project, following his and Robin's Gower run last month. The money will be put to good use. There are many projects to report on, but I'm struggling to find the time to get in front of the laptop. I'm not complaining mind you. This is what we wanted. Lots of love and best wishes to you and your family Ben!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BIG CONGRATULATIONS 02/04/17

To our good friend, Ben Tiffin, for running a 50+ mile tour of the Gower peninsular yesterday in aid of The JPP and Centrepoint (a charity focussing on giving shelter and opportunities to homeless and vulnerable teenagers). A mammouth effort by this wonderfully crazy man, armed with just a 2 litre bottle of coke and 2 inhalers!, accompanied by his good mate, Robin, who had some fudge, a sheepdog and is also a doctor!

They started out just before dawn and finished in the mumbles just after sunset. A Great effort! Just a sore knee which was made better upon receipt of turkey sandwiches at the finish. Thankyou so much Ben and Robin for your dedication. Your hard work and support will never be forgotten.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHE DID IT (of course!) 24/03/17

So Katie and Buffy climbed Mount Batur this morning. They arrived at the summit just before sunrise and settled down in one of the stone huts to keep warm. The guides use the huts to cook breakfast for everyone. She said she found it hard, as the trail they followed was a good deal steeper than the likes of Snowdon. Nevertheless they climbed it in under 2 hours! A trip well worth enduring for the cause, and will surely be repeated!

Thankyou from Katie, Buffy and all of us at the JPP for your continued support, especially the sponsors! We have lots more projects in the pipeline, so please keep it coming!

 

 

 

 

 

 

WILL YOU PLEASE SPONSOR KATIE? 23/03/17

At very short notice, The JPP's very own KATIE PRICE (our daughter, not the other one!) has been given the opportunity to climb to the top of Mount Batur, one of Bali's ACTIVE volcanos!!!!! It's 1717 metres above sea level. To give you an idea, Snowdon is 1085 metres above sea level.

She will climb it with another volunteer from the Orphanage, called Buffy, from Australia. The trek starts at 2.30am on Friday, Bali time! She has decided to do this in honour of Jack and his project. We will post photos tomorrow, if she manages to make it all the way!

Katie has asked if anyone would like to sponsor her, to help raise money for the kids of Bali. We're very proud of her! X If you can help, please visit www.thejackpriceproject.com, where you can make a donation online.
Thanks so much and good luck Katie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE MUSIC ROOM 26/02/17

The music room has been another "ongoing" project for the last 6 months. We are very pleased to announce that it 's finished! For now!

We have salvaged a number of acoustic guitars, one electric guitar, one bass and one electric piano. We also have repaired another very good electric piano that the kids use for their lessons, which was just a replacement cable, only available in the UK.

We purchased strings, music stands, a microphone stand, hooks to hang the instruments up out of the reach of the little ones, tuners, a drum box(this is actually an instrument), and instrument cables. I also laminated and hung some simple chord charts for the kids to learn the basics. We currently have 6 guitar students and 2 drum students. My scouts have also picked out 2 more potential percussionists for the youth developement squad.

We could do with some more guitars, as they do like to all practice together, as my time with them is limited, and there's not enough to go round. The orphanage have kindly put the request on their website wishlist, as they recieve alot of visitors from australia, so fingers crossed.

Once again, plenty of happy smiling faces, helping us get through each day.
Many thanks as always, to you all for your support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A WONDERFUL DONATION 04/02/17

This is just AMAZING! We were so moved. THANKYOU SO MUCH BOYS!

"Dear Val, please give this money to the orphans in Bali. My brother and I have saved up £10 for charity. From Sammy and James Madge. I hope it helps."

 

 

 

 

 

SERANGAN BBQ NUMBER 1 12/02/17

We managed to get about 10 of the older kids to a nearby beach called Serangan. It translates as "Turtle Island". It is actually an island, but you get there by crossing a very short bridge. If you time it right, you can see the turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs in the sand, and then see the babies emerge and make the mad dash for the sea. 

The aim was to have a small BBQ, cooking on a fire, made from wood, collected from the surrounding brush. It was a success, and the kids have obviously done this kind of thing before.

We cooked chicken sausages, Veggie kebabs, corn, jacket potatoes, and chocolate, using scooped out oranges! It worked a treat.

Two mistakes on my part:
1) The melted chocolate in the orange skins tasted incredible. I was very impressed by the way the flavour had soaked into the chocolate. It was like eating a melted Terry's chocolate orange!
I was later told by Katie, that it was in fact orange flavoured chocolate in the first place. LIVID!
2) I ate one of the partially scorched chicken sausages, crunching on the charred skin, to then hear a chorus of NOOOOOO! from the kids, who informed me that I hadn't removed the PLASTIC coating!!!!! VERY LIVID!

This is one of the activities that we'd like to keep up, hopefully sharing it around as many of the kids as we can. One of the teeangers asked me if we could do something outside the orphanage every day, as, although its a great place, it can also be isolated. It's incredibly difficult to look after 94 children outside the walls, so anything we can do to help is greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SERANGAN BBQ NUMBER 2 19/02/17

Same venue, which is our new favourite place in the world. Serangan beach. The locals freqent this area alot. But unfortunately, like everything else, the developers are closing in and ground clearing and construction has already begun on this tiny island. We think that within a year or two, this untouched piece of Bali with its lovely reef break and beach hut cafes will be a 5 star resort and completely out of reach for anyone who isn't a millionaire.
In the meantime, we're going to make the best of it.

We took 21 kids this time, from aged 14 to 19. The idea being that they need things to do. The age group is particularly important to us for obvious reasons. It was lovely to see them let loose. They ran the fire, BBQ, food and cleaned up afterwards. Some even went for a dip. This is something we will definitely make a regular thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORAGE IMPROVEMENTS11/02/17

One of our maintenance projects is to create more storage space for essential items like toiletries, cleaning prducts, clothing and toys. Our aim is to clear a room, that we think is perfect for use as a computer suite. We don't have any laptops yet mind you, but we're in contact with some potential donors from Australia, so fingers crossed! Here are some pics. In case you were wondering, it is the norm to do ALL serious construction work in either flip flops. sandals or bare foot, including using power cutting tools!

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOWLING 06/02/17

We took some of the older kids out before Christmas, to a ten pin bowling alley. They really enjoyed it! A wide variety of skill, from soft release and wait for ten minutes to see what happens, to ferocious hurling resulting in gasps and a look around to see if any of the staff noticed! Pretty much the norm in my experience.

Best quote of the night was from Ketut. "Why does the ball not go straight for me?" This is one of few activities available to the kids here. Most leisure stuff can only be enjoyed by the rich and the tourists here. We have a trip to a small local beauty spot planned tomorrow, weather permitting. The rainy season is living up to its name at the moment.

The orphanage is a wonderful safe environment but is isolated as a result. The safety and security of the 94 kids is paramount, but trips out are a must for their development in our opinion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
FEBRUARY 2017 NEWS

So much has happened since our last update...

CHARITABLE STATUS

We are still in the process of registering as a Charitable Association. The Charities Commission are doing their job well, and making us jump through some hoops. We have our top guy on the case, and are hopeful of a good outcome very soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DONATIONS

Our secure PayPal donation system is seeing a great deal of action! We’re getting lots of £10 and £20 donations – thank you – they really do all add up, and help us to help the kids in need. Don’t forget that you can make a one-off donation, or a recurring monthly payment, simply and safely. You can find a link on our Facebook and our website. Why not try it right now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BIG AUTUMN EVENT

A BIG thank you to everyone who came, donated and supported us at our Big Autumn Fundraising Evening. The night totally surpassed our expectations, we raised more than £3000. We learned a lot (it was our first big event of this type), and we’ll be doing it again – you’ll ALL be invited!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTAGRAM

You can now follow us on Instagram – pics and videos directly from Bali – showing what the kids are up to, and what we’ve been doing. Take a look, and share away!

 

 

 

 

 

PROJECTS

Since our last update we’ve provided funds and materials for, and worked directly on the following at the orphanage:

  • Improvements and repairs to the music room and instruments

  • More electrical repair work

  • Maintenance of the bikes, that suffer in the humidity and need constant TLC

  • Made a massive improvement to the outdoor chill out area that the older kids like to hang out in

And we’ve given some of the older kids a fantastic bowling night out!

Some of these projects are ongoing, and we thank you for your continued donations.

 

 

 

 

 

 
JUNE/JULY 2016 NEWS

Lots has been happening since our last update!

THE BALI TRIP

Friend of The JPP, Steve Williams has been in Bali, returning to the UK just recently. His trip included a visit to The Jodie O’Shea Orphanage where he saw at first hand lots of the work we’ve funded. He played football with the children and discussed the work of The JPP with the owner. Steve went with his friend, Diane, who documented their trip with some great photographs.

Steve says:

“On reading [Richard & Claire’s] story and request for support I immediately responded, as by pure coincidence I had a flight booked for a trip to Bali”.

Once in Bali, Steve and Diane hired a motor bike and took their chances through the very busy traffic to find the Orphanage. They signed the visitors’ book and took note of a poster warning of a current outbreak of chickenpox.

“There were children approaching from all corners, obviously curious and used to visitors. It was explained that there were currently eighty-nine orphans at the facility – a number that varied from week to week, month to month. Their ages ranged from nine months up to nineteen years… [we were shown] the dormitories they lived in. They housed five or six of varying age, so the older could guide the young in domestics. The Dormitories were clean and relatively tidy, with rotas in place for bed strip for weekly washes. Between dormitories we passed a toilet/wash area where there were eighty-nine toothbrushes, all with names, stored  neatly on racks like a row of soldiers”.

“They have a structured agenda, including household duties, laundry, education, sports, etc.” added Diane.
Steve and Diane saw the new taps and water pumps, as well as the cooling bedroom fans, all funded by The JPP.

Steve continues:

“On reaching the newly donated kitchen area we were introduced to [the owners] Alison Chester and her husband…who had time to answer to all of our questions. I asked Sean, an Australian volunteer, about their outdoor excursions (there are two mini buses) to many, many locations.”

Football is very popular with the boys and Alison was in the midst of overseeing construction of the morale-boosting high level fencing (funded by The JPP) to prevent wayward footballs from being lost to the neighbours. This was one project of many that are being carried out on a daily basis.

“Being a qualified football coach, I then spent time with two of the better little footballers and put them through their paces, watched by quite a few of their fellow orphans, volunteers and visitors”, Says Steve, “My visit to the Jodie O’Shea Orphanage was an amazing life experience. Words cannot describe how deeply moved I was. I personally will try and support in every which way I can including another visit in the not too distant future”.

“This visit was one of the highlights of my holiday and very rewarding.” Said Diane, before adding:

“It was a pleasure to meet those who work there and who dedicate their time to such a fulfilling endeavour, helping out children in need who have no one, and need opportunities to become confident young adults with skills to take them through their lives… I could see how happy they are due to those who have dedicated their life’s work to the orphanage. The care and love between the children and the staff was apparent”.

See lots more photos here.

And a video here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE GIANT FOOTBALL FENCE

As Steve mentioned, this month with YOUR donations, The JPP has funded the construction of a very large fence around the football area at the orphanage. It may seem an odd choice, but this will make a huge difference to the moral of the kids, who have lost many precious footballs onto next-door’s roof. It was a costly project, as the materials needed to be imported, which was one of the reasons that it has not happened in the past. YOUR support is really making a difference to the lives of these kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHARITABLE STATUS

The JPP is currently in the process of registering as a Charitable Association which will allow us to benefit from tax reliefs and other concessions, including Gift Aid on your donations and access to matched funding. All of which will increase the support we can provide to under-privileged kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

INAUGURAL CHARITY CRICKET MATCH

You may have seen that we are holding a charity cricket match at Murton Green on the evening of 22nd July. Please do your best to attend and watch the match (no tickets required) – starting at 6pm, then join us at 7pm for a BBQ and raffle at South Gower RFC, Bishopston. We have a great selection of raffle prizes, including a signed Swansea City shirt, kindly donated by Alan Curtis at Swansea City FC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTUMN FUNDRAISER

We are moving ahead with plans for our big fundraiser in November at a venue yet to be confirmed. We have received some fantastic donations for the auction, but are still looking for more, so please be generous! Details of the event will be posted as soon as we have finalised things, so WATCH THIS SPACE!

As always, THANK YOU for all the support and donations, which can be using the link above.

Lots of love from Richard, Claire, Katie and The JPP team x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
ALL HANDS TO THE PUMP!
The new water pump is up and running! Plenty of happy smiling faces for another job well done.

I refer to exhibit photographs to your left. It reminds me of that age old tradesmans adage, “If in doubt, use an upturned bucket and a patio slab. Job’s a goodun!”

The video is well worth a look. The kids are naturals.

 

 
 


Broken water pump

 

 
WATER, WATER, NOT GETTING THERE!
We have another knackered water pump on site. This one is used for pushing the water supply up to the girls toilets and washing facilities which are on a higher level to the boys area.

This is trouble for all sorts of reasons, hygiene being the foremost. The other problem is that these pumps have to be imported and are therefore very expensive. These are not items that their current budget has room for.

This is where we come in! The cost to replace the pump is around £400. We have enough left in our pot to finance this, so I’m going to send the money straight away. We might as well put it to good use.

Thanks again for your support and I’ll be sure to post the photos and hopefully another great video clip when the work is complete.

Kindest regards,
Richard, Claire and Katie. X

 

 
 
new horn

 

 
AND THEY'RE OFF!
The van has been fixed. Now the kids can been seen and heard on what’s loosely termed as the road!

As always, photos have arrived with proof of work completed, along with a brilliant little video, which you can see in the gallery section.

For those of you that are wondering, I’ve been assured that the kids find this as funny as we do!

Keep checking back for more news, as we have another project coming very soon.

 

 
 
 

new handle



 
BEEP BEEP!

The van/mini bus used to take the kids to school and do the food shopping run needs a little fix me up. The door handle has broken and the horn has given up.

No big thing you may think, but the Balinese use their horns like we use indicators in this country. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen an indicator used on the roads over there!

As far as they’re concerned, if you have no horn then you’re invisible on the roads. As a result, they can’t use the van for transporting the children.
To the locals, the horn is by far the most important thing on a vehicle. It even trumps air-con and a thumping stereo system!

The cost of this is just £50, so I’m going to send it to them.
Every little helps.

I’ll keep you posted as new projects unfold.

Thanks again.
Richard.

 

 

 

 


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