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LizF, AndrewDavid, pat_woolford, margo_oz, Mucky, Daneille, alice13, Melodie, Neil_oz, johnj_au, 646wyck, LoveItaly, hobbes, Judy_in_Calgary, SusanInToronto, preenyc, tropo, LN, crazymina, Lyndie, Peteralan, gk11b! Help, please!

Jan 10th, 2005, 11:32 PM
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Hey, everyone, we've broken the 100-barrier!
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Jan 11th, 2005, 02:40 AM
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Hello Alan, how wonderful to read your January 10th thread!!! And love knowing that the first parcel has arrived.

Oh if only someone could take a photo - how wonderful that would be!

I should be asleep (3:30in the morning here) but have been on the phone with a good friend in Italy and decided to click on the Australian Board before I called it a night (or a morning?) and saw your post.

Have seen so many children on CNN and truly amazed about their English skills.
They break ones heart though with their beautiful brown eyes looking into the camera with broken hearts. It is tough to keep a stiff upper lip with all the horrendous calamaties they have been through. I am fearful this will affect all the survivors their entire lives.

Many hugs to all of you caring Fodorites.
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Jan 15th, 2005, 02:40 PM
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Alan - Hope you don't mind but I just shared your story & the school address with a mate of mine at 4BC radio in Brisbane. Hopefully that will get a few more packages sent.

Also - my personal experience with Australia Post & the US Postal Service has been very good. I send and receive letters and small parcels between south Florida and SE Queensland. It usually takes 7 to 8 days but I've had letters get here from Brizzy in as few as 5 days.
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Jan 17th, 2005, 10:41 PM
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Hi Alan:

I wasn't ignoring you, I promise! The Australian boyfriend was here for a few weeks, then I just got busy with work. As you can see, it's been a while since I checked this forum.

I haven't had a chance to read the entire thread, but what a wonderful idea. Obviously you were very correct in guessing the posters on this forum had giving spirits. If it's not too late, I definitely have some things to send shortly. You'd be surprised how many corporate logo notebooks are now "worthless" because the calendar inside says "2004".
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Feb 21st, 2005, 10:26 AM
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Alan, how about an update? Any recent news from India?
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Feb 21st, 2005, 12:30 PM
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This is very strange! I just clicked on the Australian forum as I generally do every day. And here is Alan's thread fronm Dec. 6, 2004.

What is strange is I was on the telephone for quite awhile this morning with a special friend that I became acquainted with via Fodors. I mentioned to her that originally it seemed that this school was going to receive more then enough supplies, so I did not send any. But I told her I wondered if in fact the school had received what they needed.

And then one hour later I click onto the Australian Board and here is Alan's thread brought to the top.

So Alan, if you have information regarding whether the school in India has, or has not, received sufficent supplies please post again.

I am more then willing to send items if they are needed.

My best to everyone!
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Feb 21st, 2005, 01:34 PM
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Yep..me too. Cheers Alan.
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Feb 21st, 2005, 01:56 PM
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Hi, everyone!

Happy to give you an update.

I have not actually heard from the school itself, only from the Shahi Palace and Shaitan (Seatn). When I heard last, they had received three boxes of goods, but their English was not quite good enough to make it clear to me whether these were ones I had sent or ones you had sent. Shaitan said that the last shipment came to Jaipur and he had to go there to collect it.... so I guess if nothing else, our work has helped him to see a little more of the world: when I spoke to him in person, he had never been further from the village than Jaisalmer!

I wrote back about two weeks ago saying "I'd love to hear about more packages as they arrive", but have heard nothing since. A bit frustrating, but it's things like this that make you aware of how huge a language difference can be.

Will post again if I hear more -- of course, I check my email every day, as there's nothing I would like more than an excited email from them saying, simply "WoW! I fear, however, it's not going to happen just like that.
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Feb 21st, 2005, 07:10 PM
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Alan,
I had to check what was going on after speaking to LoveItaly today (Hey LI!)

I want you to know that I wasn't able to get my school to partner with the school in Jaisalmer. It looked like it was a go before we broke for the holidays but w/the news of the tsunami, it was decided there was a more pressing need to help those folks. I wasn't able to convince the powers that be that we could have two different service projects--one short term, one long term

I'm going to bring up the issue again but for now I can't commit my school's involvement.

Do you think I should send a package on my own or wait a bit???
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Feb 21st, 2005, 09:03 PM
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This is quite up to you, OneWanderingJew, but I would say wait a bit.... judging from the 108 responses above, the Barna School has probably had to call tenders for an extension block!
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Feb 22nd, 2005, 05:10 PM
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Alan,
Just let me know when they're ready to receive more supplies, and I'll get a package together. And if you hear there are any new items on their wish list, let us know!

What about small globes in addition to atlases??

Debbie
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Feb 22nd, 2005, 06:25 PM
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Thanks for responding Alan.
And Hello OWJ!!!

Alan I too (as I was before) am happy to send supplies, but will wait until you let us know when they are needed and what is desired.

My best to all of you in the Land of OZ.

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Apr 7th, 2005, 07:29 AM
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Alan, any recent news from the Barna School?
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Apr 7th, 2005, 03:57 PM
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Not for two months! I confess that, for a while, I was a bit put-out by this, as I sort of expected a flood of excited emails... or something! But, of course, that was my UN-charitable side taking over... the part of me deep down inside that said that I was doing this, not to be of use, but to be thanked. The few luke-warm emails I did receive -- an acknowledgement that a parcel had arrived, but not even a mention of what was IN the parcel --seemed, on the surface, just a little unappreciative; but then I realised, of course, that if I had to write in Hindi to them, my emails wouldn't be the erudite productions that end up boring everyone at Fodors, either!

And I guess there is a cultural thing here, too. When you're that poor, everyone else seems so unspeakably rich that for them to send a little your way doesn't seem like such a big deal; it's not as if they were giving you the short off their back, so what's to be grateful for? Are the people in Africa and Asia getting the food supplies from our helicopters "grateful" for our countries' generosity, or are they just happy to have the food?

Anyway, the last email (late February) just said that another package had arrived, and I am content that this, at least, means that not all the packages have ended up in the homes of the postal sorters! And we've done one good thing... Setan, who had bever in his life been farther than Jaisalmer, had to go all the way to Jaipur to pick up one of the parcels (I don't know which one, or why)... so at least he has seen a bit more of the world than previously, thanks to the Fodors people!
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