December 24, 2016
2016 has been an exciting and important year for Basis Children’s Village.
Thomas Saverimuthu and I started off in February, volunteering for a week with a project similar to ours. We particularly wanted to learn about the construction methods they were using.
In May we traveled to India to progress Basis. A primary goal was to make the rustic farmhouse on the acreage where the Basis homes and facilities will be built habitable, so that we can manage the project in 2017 without having to trek to and from Bangalore (which can take up to four hours).
In just two weeks, we replaced the entire roof of the house (in addition to addressing power issues)!
With a second trip in October we were able to take care of many more details – electrical work, cement work, painting, and also preparing the foundation for the caretaker’s house.
Two fundraising events, one in Berlin and one in Gifhorn, played a big role in funding this year’s work – and we are so pleased to have made new Basis friends! We really want to thank everyone who supported us in 2016; your help and effort is deeply appreciated. To see our support base growing is encouraging; we can only hope this will continue in 2017!
So, to all friends, colleagues, and every single supporter of Basis Children’s Village: we are wishing you a joyous and peaceful Christmas and a happy and successful New Year!
2017 is knocking on the door, and we are very excited about the future! Our highest priority is to build the first family home… we will be in touch soon with the details of that campaign and goal!
Thank you again!
Christina de Jong
Basis India Foundation