Summer 2003 Newsletter
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May 2003 News
Millstone Basin's Tithing Helps Build Houses in Kyrgyzstan
Giving doesn't just stop with the people living within our area; it's a global phenomenon, including with our brothers and sisters in Asia, specifically in Kyrgyzstan. Our affiliate recently sent a tithe of $1,300 to HFH Kyrgyzstan. The following is a letter from that affiliate.
Greetings from Kyrgyzstan!
How time flies! It seems like yesterday it was hot, the sun shined brightly and the sky was blue. At the moment the weather is wonderful it is not cold and not hot.
The work on our site is going on. The internal fences (made of metal nets) between houses are completed. The houses are surrounded by this metal net fence to protect the homeowner's garden from animals wandering around -- cows, sheep and dogs. And the brick fence is put just in front of the house with entrance gate. At the moment we have built brick fences around 14 houses.
On our site we digged 100 meters trench for laying the waterpipes. And the exterior waterpipe is finished almost for 90%. We are working on sewage system as well. The City Hall agreed to help us in laying the roads on our site.
We hope to finish before winter comes and let our homeowners move in their houses.
Be blessed, friends, and thanks again for what you are doing in Kyrgyzstan. We so appreciate your generosity and you are changing lives all the way here in Central Asia.
Aida Bazarkulova for Habitat Kyrgyzstan Foundation
Beth Chaim Continues to Lead Way In Supermarket Receipt Collection
Congregation Beth Chaim in West Windsor continues to be the most active group in the affiliate's supermarket receipt-collection program.
Many of its members faithfully bring their food receipts to temple each week. Then, a heretofore unheralded office worker sends them quietly by mail to our affiliate on a regular basis. Volunteers, often partner families or high-school volunteers, then sort the receipts by size, tally the amounts and record the totals.
We then send them off to the kind folks at McCaffrey's in East Windsor and Princeton and now Genaurdi's in East Windsor as part of those stores' community outreach programs.
This is a significant ongoing source of revenue for the affiliate. We receive 1% of all receipts tallied. We are grateful for the support of these two fine area businesses and encourage you to patronize them.
But more importantly, if you think your house of worship or other group could get involved in this simple and lucrative program, we ask that you talk to your pastor, rabbi or group leader and suggest that they contact us (or you can plant a bug in our ear and we'll call them). All it would take is an email to Jerry Ford, fund-raising chair at email@example.com to get the ball rolling.