Annual report 2015.pdf
Annual Report 2015
We have added new music equipment to replace our aging inventory. Instrument where
purchased with money donated by ex-volunteer Paul who also provided funds to help pay
for a professional music instructor.
In October, Medecin Sans Frontiere (Doctors’ Without Borders) provided us with a generous
donation of office equipment such as benches and desks as well as 4 bicycles. We intend to
place the benches in the computer room that will be constructed in 2016. The desks serve
as teachers’ desks in each classroom.
OBT is also involved in child care, that’s why they decide to adopt two children this year to
give them the possibility to follow a normal scholarship. Both of them came from the same
family, the adoption was also a way to protect them of domestic violence and forced work.
Now both of them live in a family in Chiro village and go in the public school and follow
OBT’s program in the afternoon.
During the last term of 2015 OBT was granted a $15,000 grant from National Geographic
organization thanks to the assistance of Tom from Lindblad Expeditions. All of this money
will go towards the construction of a three rooms building that will house the library,
computer lab, and OBT office. Building is set to start in December 2015 and is targeted to
be completed within one year. In addition to that, OBT is indebted to the generous help
from Manuel and Fredo from Germany who have provided funds to cover for the director’s
salary, drinking water for the community and also provision of breakfast for OBT. We are
grateful to have also donations from Kevin Vadden, Jane Broadbent, Silvia, Dida and Blanca
for their assistance in making operations run more smoothly here in OBT. With donations,
OBT has been able to focus more on the children’s education and ways to improve the
organization to also bring benefit to the community.
Alongside all of our student-focused projects, we also have a number of community projects
to improve practical knowledge and resources to encourage sustainability for Chiro villagers.
This year we had about 90 visitors stay with us in
our homestay or guesthouse. The local businesses
and individuals such as fisherman, tuk tuk drivers,
restaurants and local shops have benefitted
greatly from this project as they help and
accompany the guests in discovering the beauty of
Chiro village. On a daily basis, there is a full cross