March 2017 Newsletter

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Success And Other Updates

Date: 21 Mar, 2017  No Comments

Groundbreaking Ceremony Success!

We had our official Groundbreaking Ceremony on Feb. 24, 2017 and we were pleased with the success of the event. We were honored to have present Vice Governor Mark Macias, Negros Oriental Provincial Administrator Atty. Froilan Pinili, representing the Office of the Provincial Governor, Tanjay City Vice – Mayor Jovencio “Ben” Bumanglag and City Councilors, representing the office of the Tanjay City Mayor Mrs. Jessica D. Arangorin, Representative from the office of the DSWD NIR Director.

Groundbreaking ceremony group photo
Groundbreaking ceremony photo. From left to right, front row: Architect Rainier Garcia, DSWD official, Brgy. Capt. Rufino Reyes, DSWD Regional office representative Jessica D. Arangorin, Vice-Governor Mark Macias, Atty. Froilan Pinili, CEA President Elmer Palacio, Mrs. Palacio, Vice-Mayor Bumanglag, CEA Activities Director Gigi Brown, CEA Managing Director Ron Brown, representative from Prince Supermarket. Back row: Tanjay City councilors. Foreground, kneeling: CEA Communications Director Emmanuel Gonot.

The weather cooperated at the very last minute and an enthusiastic gathering of board members, staff, government officials, local business people, friends, neighbors, and family kicked off the start of construction on the first of four proposed children’s homes leading the way to Casa Esperanza of Angels becoming operational.

CEA groundbreaking ceremony photo
From: L to R: Atty. Froilan Pinili, Vice-Governor Mark Macias, Vice-Mayor Jovencio Bumanglag, Mr. Ronald Brown, Mr. Elmer Palacio, and Barangay Captain Rufino Reyes Jr.

A special “Thank You” to all our donors and supporters who have made this possible through your generous donations and encouragement! Bringing HOPE to the lives of children in need is our mission and the dream is becoming a reality! Visit the Groundbreaking Report page for full coverage of the event.

Children’s Home Construction

A few days after the ground breaking ceremony we began construction of the first children’s home. The footings have been dug, steel reinforcement installed, and concrete poured for the foundation.

Steel reinforcement installed at children's home
Steel reinforcement being installed on the first children’s home now under construction.

We also now have columns poured and the concrete foundation wall is under construction. We hope to be pouring the slab (floor) in the next week or two.

Construction photo - first children's home

“Like” and visit our Face Book page often for updates: CASA Esperanza of Angels, Philippine Mission Inc.

Landscaping at the CEA Orphanage

We have been moving our plant collection to the site in anticipation of beginning the landscaping of the 5 acres in areas where we can do that. We constructed a small shed structure for shade and the continuation of plant propagation.

Plants for orphanage landscaping

After many pick-up truck loads, we have almost completed moving all the plants and trees we currently have to the property.

Upcoming Visit to the USA

My wife and I will soon begin planning another visit to the US in late May/early June for several weeks. We would like to present our work to those interested in our mission and visit with current donors/supporters.

World Map

Please contact us ASAP if we can visit your area to give a presentation or just fellowship and discuss the work, and we will try to add your location to our travel plans.

Looking Forward

While we have the first children’s home under construction we are also finalizing the design of the “family cottage” for the property. We intend to construct this cottage (the first of four cottages for volunteers/overseas visitors) for my wife and me to live in and set up administrative offices until the administration building can be built at a later date.

While we considered living in the first children’s home and caring for the children ourselves, we feel that the responsibilities of that hands on work would prove difficult for us to do while we continue on with the many other tasks we must do. Our hands are full with tasks such as: continued construction and landscaping (including: design work, search for and purchase of materials/management of workers), DSWD registration/licensing, government transactions with BIR & SEC, fund raising/promotion, record keeping and other administrative duties.

Because we will need to be on the property to oversee the operation we need to also construct this small cottage. If you can donate towards this structure we would greatly appreciate your donation of any size. The estimated cost of construction is about $26,000 USD.

Romans 15:13 ESV

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Our Sincere thanks and God’s Blessings to you all,

Ronald and Georgia Brown

Tanjay City, Philippines
March 2017 Newsletter
Volume 2 Issue 28

Read the January 2017 and the February 2017 issues of this newsletter