does need a Minibus (March 07)
our recent trip to Brazil one of the things that came through
as most needed was a minibus. Ana is worried about the children
walking to the centre, particularly the walking bus from
Maria's. I have just had an email from her (8th March 2007)
where she reports that two of the children broke holding
hands and ran across the road.
we were over there, Maria also asked us for a minibus or
car for the shopping and bread deliveries. No one involved
in SOMAR has a car, and it is not easy to run everything
without some form of people and goods transport. It would
also allow groups of children to be taken out for educational
and fun visits, and enable more collaboration with other
local NGO's. We would also use it to transport visitors
and volunteers. In short, it would be well used.
have a dilema. We have enough funds in the bank to run the
Refuge and The Centre until August, leaving a shortfall
of funding year. Whilst we are confident that we will meet
this shortfall through fund raising activities (and with
the invaluable support of our friends) we are not confident
enough that we can take the £4,000 needed for a second
hand minibus out of the available funds.
are expensive in Brazil and despite a low general cost of
living prices are comparable for a Minibus to here in the
UK. £4,000 is about the minimum for a servicable safe
Minibus. We do rent one occasionally (see picture) but this
is very expensive and not something we can do often.
anyone might have useful contacts, know a company or organisation
who might sponsor a minibus, or even be feeling amazingingly
generous please do let us know.
would be delighted to feature a companies logo on the vehicle.
Ana is also persuing this locally in Brazil but the sooner
we can organise this the better and safer for all.
also hope to make it available to other local NGO's working
with street children such as Viva a Vida to enable them
to take days out and move local donations.