Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Letter from David Richardson - Moldova Orphanage

Moldova time; Thursday 9/24/09 7:45am - US. Central time; Wednesday 9/23/09 11:45pm
Here are some of the kids that are in my group, their are also a few babies that are only 1-2 months old. The last 2 pictures are the girls that I volunteer with, live in the same flat with and Vica loves there with us. The girl in my cowboy hat is Ruth, she is 18. The girl on the swing is Jessica, she is 19. We all have a lot of fun playing with the children and outside the orphanage. Both of the girls are from England, they met online while planning their trips to Moldova. They emailed each other for 7 months before meeting for the first time here at the airport in Chisinau, they get along smashingly well for never having met before and the are so funny.
Well I need to get ready to go, I am going to visit a boarding school and sit in on a lecture that Vica is giving today.
in Christ,

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

New Fund-raiser Opportunity Through SendOutCards...the "SOCBox"

Greetings POP Supporters and SOC:

If anyone has been looking at SendOutCards yet felt they could not afford the $398 to get involved. There is a new option now that was just announced at the convention in Salt Lake City called the SOCBox .....

We will be able to market a Party Plan Package as a product it will be a $50 commissionable
sale. We will be able to expand our market through those who want to build SOC through a Party Plan model (Note: Nothing is changing with out current MLM Comp plan). As a SOC Affiliate you will be able to enroll people who want to market SOC through the home party model.

Retail Affiliate Plan
Low cost entry for the Party Plan Model

SOC has made a package called the SOCBox which includes a DVD Presentation
and from that DVD they have a business in a box and account for SOC. Includes
credits to send 10 Greeting cards and access to our card editor Picture Plus.

$25 Wholesale $49 Retail ($100 Bonus if you sell 10 boxes Thats a total of
$340.00 in commissions once) 30 day activation for the 10 boxes.

(This product has been being tested with some of the leaders in SOC with home parties
for several months with a huge success!)

In a nutshell people can come into SOC through the party plan model and those
people who do this will qualify the business builder commissions and bonuses as
the Home Party Model grows.

If you want more information just email me at


Mark White
Playgrounds Of Peace

Thursday, September 17, 2009

FRUA gives POP $5,000 Grant for POP for Poland 2010

The FRUA Board decided to support your playground build in Poland with $5000.  I tried to push for more than this amount, but was unsuccessful.  I am hopeful that this can be the beginning of a relationship between FRUA and Playgrounds of Peace.  Maybe in subsequent years, if you are building a playground in Eastern Europe or Russia, FRUA will provide an even higher level of support.  I will be drafting a formal letter with this amount, but wanted to let you know as soon as possible.

When do you head off to Nepal?  How many individuals will be on your volunteer team on this build?  I know you are super busy with your preparations for this build. 

I am sending you positive energy for your upcoming build in Nepal,

Note: This letter is from my good friend and POP advocate Adele Raade.

Friday, September 11, 2009

9.11 NEVER, NEVER Forget!

Message from David Richardson - POP for Moldova

I have borrowed a camera till I can get mine operational.
A few days after I arrived, Vica and I went through some of the stuff that I bought in Chicago, we organized and separated it to take to a couple of different orphanages. In some of the pictures you will see where we took some of it to "Save the Children" orphanage for the kids.
We also went to a boarding school outside of town the next day, I took pictures of where they slept, ate, played and of the kids. The best picture and story is of a little boy named Mihai, he had a degenerative eye problem and about a year ago they said if he does not have surgery soon he will go totally blind. Vica raised the money to have this procedure done, he is blind in one eye and can only see partially out of the other, but at least he has some vision. You can see them in the last two pictures, you will see a grateful little boy and a bond between him and Vica that goes beyond words.
I am looking forward to the rest of the week. I keep all these children in my thoughts and prayers, I get closer to the children everyday and it becomes a little bit harder to walk away each day. One little boy that I take outside each day ( his name is Mishka ) he has discovered he can walk backwards, so when we first go outside, we walk backwards everywhere. I will get a picture of him soon and show you.
It is late and I need to get to bed, it is 10:00pm my time and 2:00pm your time, but next time I will tell you about and get pictures of Maxium. He looks to be about a 3 or 4 month old baby, anyway, I will tell you about him next time.
in Christ,

Friday, September 4, 2009

Quote of the Day for Play

"We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing." - Unknown

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Playground Equipment from BigToys

Okay, so we're going to build the playground where a corn patch and small hen house currently resides. As long as the they can grow food else where on the property, I'm fine with THEIR selection of a site of the new playground. The piece selected won't fit anywhere else. Please pray that the ground will be prepared as much as possible before our team arrives and that we can get enough sand and border containment material (wood timbers, bricks, rock, etc.) to keep the sand inside the safe use zone. Of course we need concrete and hand tools as well. Thanks again to Tim Madeley, President of BigToys for his help with this project and the generous donation of equipment!

Playground Site Selection - Equipment Shipment is Pending