Shepherds Arms Children’s Home

The Shepherds Arms Children’s Home (SACH) aims to provide a safe and stable home like environment for disadvantaged children that offers hope and healing to a damaged life.

SACH provides meals, accommodation and parenting for approximately 30 children who would otherwise be living rough.  Because there is no Government funding, SACH needs to rely on donations and utilise their own resources to raise revenue but also be self-sufficient for their own food supplies.
Following a recent visit, Mark Ward commented: "what did impress me were the efforts to be self-sufficient through SACH's agricultural activities and I think that is highly worth supporting".

Agricultural Fish Farm

Reflecting the desire to be self-sufficient, SACH plans to grow fish from fingerlings in a purpose built fish farm to assist the children’s home become self-sufficient in providing a supply of food.  A revenue stream from selling surplus fish is anticipated.



Project Summary

To establish a purpose built fish farm in Bohol, Philippines in partnership with Humanitarian Projects International and the Rotary Clubs of Gladstone and Bohol. Rotary District 9600 has approved a grant of $1,000 towards the project.
Total budget: $2,000
Project Timing: 3-16 September 2018
Supporting the kids
Our club asked SACH if there is anything we can bring for the children when we visit in September (see 'Are you interested in volunteering' below).  SACH suggested  personal hygiene items.
So each member of our club has been asked to support one of the children and to write a small note to the child.
We are calling them 'kids packs' and due to space requirements will need to fit into a large pencil case.
We wish to thank our sponsors: Adentica Family Dentists; Pharmacy for Life, Officeworks Maroochydore and The Travel Agent at Caloundra.
Project implementation
Mark Ward and Darryl Laing are overseeing this project on behalf of the club for about a week during the construction period  3-16 September.
On the morning of the second day, Darryl reports that alll is going to plan - all the purchasing was completed yesterday after a full day shopping in a very congested town - definitely third world.
Purchases being delivered to the orphanage this morning after breakfast and a walk on the beach.  Let the project start!

Humanitarian Projects International

Humanitarian Projects International Inc (HPI) is an Australian based (in Caloundra), not-for-profit organisation that operates by sending teams of caring volunteer workers wherever needed to relieve poverty and distress, thereby giving hope and a future to orphans and other underprivileged people of the world.
In 2012, Jason and Leanne Buchholz first visited the Shepherds Arms Children’s Home in the Philippines, and since then, many trips have been undertaken with the help of HPI members.  During these trips a new boarding house has been built, a new kitchen, bathroom and laundry.  More sustainable living projects have been started and expanded, including a pig farm, a hen house, water tanks and veggie gardens.  A fence around the perimeter has been erected and a new swing set too.  This is an ongoing project as there is always work to be done.
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