Diapers and Grass?

Diapers and grass?  How are we going to change the world for the kids at GLA through diapers and grass?

Two ways.....

The playground - the playground for the big kids at Ft. Jacques is the last thing that needs to be finalized.   The equipment has been donated and will be installed, I believe, in February.   The last thing that needs to be "put in place" (besides for actually finishing construction) is the "grass" for the playground.   

Given the rocky soil, we have decided that putting artificial turf down on the playground would save a lot in skinned knees, broken arms and such as the kids play.   Through the generosity of two school systems relatively near me, we have obtained a donation of over 10,000 sq. ft of artificial turf and the cushion "pellets" that go underneath it.   This will change the world for the kids in that they will have a significantly better place to play while they wait.......

But did you know how much artificial turf weighs?   We're estimating that it is in excess of 20,000 lbs!   So we're going to be sending a container to Haiti from Michigan with the turf in it.

And what about diapers?   Did you know that GLA goes through approximately 450 diapers per day?   And that the most recent information that I have is that diapers cost approximately 4 times as much in Haiti as they do in the Unitedc States.

So, relatively soon, we're going to be looking at shipping a container with 10,000 sq. ft. of artificial turf and 400 boxes of diapers down to GLA.   This will change the world for the kids at GLA.

What do we need in order to make this happen?

  • Diapers - lots and lots of diapers of all sizes.   At least 400 boxes if not more.
  • If someone has warehouse space in West Michigan they can donate for us to be able to store the "stuff" while it comes together, that would be great.
  • The average cost of a container - shipping it down to Haiti and the customs fees is a little over $11,000.   So we'll need help raising that money.

I'll have more details on this after the first of the year, but that's an overview of how Diapers and Grass can help change the world for the kids at GLA.

Thank you for caring about our kids and thanks in advance for your help on this project.

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2 comments (Add your own)

1. Kelly DeBardelaben Berge wrote:
do you know when the container would be leaving so i can do a diaper drive!?!!? :)

Mon, December 30, 2013 @ 6:27 PM

2. Tom Vanderwell wrote:
Kelly - I can't say for sure, but since the turf is current sitting in piles frozen under the Michigan snow (and it doesn't look like it is going to warm up any time soon, I would expect we'll have at least 90 days before it will be thawed enough to roll and get ready to ship.

Tue, December 31, 2013 @ 8:58 AM

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