9 Mar: A New Kindergarten

So far, PeaceTrees has built 11 kindergartens and 6 libraries. Today we celebrated the groundbreaking for the next one. This was an event of major ritual and ceremony: several dancing groups of children

As well as adults dressed in their ethnic heritage costumes

Followed by ritual drinking of rice wine from the common jar

And speeches by all the representative dignitaries: leader of PeaceTrees, US Ambassador, leader of provincial Women’s Union, village head man, and principal for the district kindergartens.

And finally the building of the first foundation footing. This was a big deal. A very important deal. We cemented a much stronger relationship with the Ambassador and State Dept (source of funds for the demining and unexploded ordnance programs) and with the Wonens Union (key stakeholder partnership for ongoing efforts).

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