Sunday, July 8, 2012

day 26: home stretch

Although my meals today were enough to keep me going, it was a hard day and I don't have a lot of energy to write tonight, so bear with me. However, overall I'm extremely encouraged and I'm on the home stretch now--just 4 more days to go!

I'm dedicating day 26 to this girl in the slums of Hyderabad, who holds a sign in English which reads, "I am beggar, not eating food." This is in one of the city's estimated 1,400 slum colonies composed of make-shift tents constructed from sticks, tarps, vinyl banners, palm branches--anything they can find to try to keep the rain out--as seen behind her. This one colony in particular is right in the midst of a trash dump on Medak road.

I really felt like what I wrote yesterday (day 25) sums up everything I would want to say tonight, so between the photo above and what I wrote yesterday, I'm going to let it rest at that. Please go back and read my thoughts if you missed out.

A great fundraising update tonight. Again we received several smaller donations that added up to $250, bringing us to a total of $5,475! So we're just $25 shy of an 11th scholarship! You could be the person that makes that difference to bring us up over the top of the goal for the 11th child to come out of a life of child labor and into The Children's Hope Center. Donate whatever you can afford--it will make a difference!

And I don't want us to stop with 11! Let's keep going! You all are doing a remarkable job of spreading the word and I appreciate every tweet, facebook post and instagram shout-out you all continue to provide for this campaign. Keep it up, let's go! We can do this--we can continue to bring these treasures out of the trash heaps!

On to the recap of what I was able to come up with for $1 today. Getting more challenging to think of variations, but thanks to a recommendation from a comment on the blog last night, I got a couple of new ideas.

Breakfast. The photo was out of focus (as were my eyes at this point, probably) but what you're seeing is a tostada with a bit of a new variation--no re-fried beans, just brown rice and one scrambled egg, seasoned. Usual oatmeal with raisins. The tostada is still my current favorite. There's just something about baking the corn tortilla with seasoning that provides an amazing base and strong texture for the meal.

Lunch. Thanks to the comment on the blog from Tabitha last night, I tried cooking some carrots with raisins and a few dashes of cinnamon, and it was similar to the flavor of sweet potatoes. Very nice addition to the variety list. Also really enjoyed a tostada with re-fried beans, brown rice and one chopped hard-boiled egg. Super delicious. It was double egg day!

Dinner. I don't know which day it was I didn't use one of my rations of ramen noodles, but tonight I discovered that I had an extra 1/3 of a brick of noodles! As I was really hungry, this was unbelievable news! So I created a pasta/ramen noodle fried rice dish that was very generous in portion, all things considered. With a batch of homemade corn tortilla chips, this was a solid little meal.

Take Action!

1) Please consider giving toward my goal to donate scholarships for children of the Indian slums. We surpassed our initial goal of $5,000 to cover 10 scholarships, but I want to keep going to see how many more scholarships we can come up with! Every little bit helps!

2) Please visit my unofficial sponsor, through this link. 7% of your purchases made through the link are given to Peace Gospel. If you're in the UK, use this link.

3) If you're compelled by my effort here, please share it with friends. One of the main goals is awareness. So if you can help with that, huge.

4) Leave me feedback. Please comment on this post, especially if you have any ideas about what I should try to cook with these ingredients I have available. I love hearing from you! It really helps!


  1. I'm sorry yesterday was a hard day, Kirby. I hope today is much better my wonderful friend. And wow, you're almost done. I'm really going to miss reading your blog each day. It's been very enlightening. I honestly don't know if I would be strong enough to see what you've seen with your own eyes. Definitely something to think about. Be well and have a wonderful day!

    1. Thank you so much, Michelle, it's very encouraging to read your words! Really appreciate you! To you as well, have a great day!