Rodney Times : February 10th 2011
5 RODNEY TIMES, FEBRUARY 10, 2011 NEWS Homes For Sale For further information: phone Dianne (09) 424 2719 Email: email@example.com www.baycrestvillage.co.nz Baycrest Village, Walbrook Road, Whangaparaoa. Z Sunny Z Generous storage Z Spacious Z Private indoor/outdoor living Z Garage Z We have Low Weekly Service Fees For Sale: 2 Bedroom Homes from $340,000 Baycrest Village is a Registered Charitable Trust With: A Friendly Atmosphere Supportive Community Christian Values ROTARY CLUB OF OREWA ANNUAL MONSTER BOOK FAIR MAY 27TH -- 29th 2011 Please donate your books now! Phone for pickup or drop off Ph Doug 09 427 0456 Year away will be life-changing By CARALISE MOORE Bolivian visit: Peter and Judith Melvin visited the orphanage last July. Adventure: The Melvin family is on an adventure to Bolivia to live in an orphanage for a year. A STRUGGLING COUNTRY Bolivia is a landlocked country in South America. It is bordered by Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru. Bolivia struggles with political instability and economic woes. Its main economic activities include agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, and manufacturing goods like textiles, clothing, refined metals, and refined petroleum. Bolivia is wealthy in minerals, especially tin. A Wainui family of five is going on the adventure of a lifetime. The Melvins are off to Bolivia on Sunday to live in an orphanage for a year. Dad Peter, owns and runs Coast Physio Group. Mum Judith is a criminal barrister and sons Isaac, 12, Jed, 10, and daughter Erynn, 7, attend Wainui Primary School. The family is heading to Cachabamba, five hours drive from capital La Paz. They will stay at and run a Bolivia Youth Min- istries orphanage set up by an American family who are going on sabbatical for the year. Peter and Judith visi- ted Cachabamba last July in preparation for the big family adventure. We had sponsored a child from the orphanage for about four years and we decided that we wanted to take our fam- ily on an adventure and to help other less fortu- nate people,'' Judith says. The American own- ers, Jonathan and his wife Linda, have lived in the country for 15 years with their four sons. They built the orphanage 13 years ago and were looking to go home for a year and have a break. It was a perfect fit.'' The family will arrive in the rainy season and stay in the village 2591 metres above sea level. The nearby valley has a population of 500,000 people, around 80 percent in poverty and with 50 orphanages in the area. The Bolivia Youth Ministry was initially set up as a women's prison ministry, but a huge problem was soon realised -- there were children having to live in prison with their mothers because there was nowhere for them to go,'' Judith says. Jonathan and Linda offered to take the chil- dren and raise them in the orphanage.'' There are 31 girls between three and 17 in the orphanage. They have a place to stay, go to school, are fed and taken care of. Prison is no place for a child,'' Judith says. Major problems in the area include poverty, drugs and crime. Around 50 percent of people in prison are still waiting for their trial. It's ter- rible.'' The Melvins say the experience should alter the family's perspectives. New Zealand is an amazing country, and it is good to realise the privileges we have. We take so much for granted.'' The three children will do New Zealand corre- spondence and once settled may attend a local school to experience the culture. Silverdale Rugby Club gave us some balls and rugby jerseys to teach the kids some rugby,'' Peter says. Peter and Judith's role will be similar to camp parents at the orphan- age, with two women on staff called house mums. I'll be doing mainten- ance work and visit a local boys orphanage every week. We will also help teach English at the school,'' Peter says. Visit www.byministries. org for information about Bolivian Youth Ministries. Go to www.rodney times.co.nz to view the work that sister organisation Bolivian Prison Ministries does.
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