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I’ve been home for a month now which feels much longer. Several people asked if they some how missed it on my here that I was coming home. Well..the reason I didn’t post it is because I surprised my parents! And my nieces too since they can’t keep secrets. My dad retired and when I was looking at tickets to come home the end of June, I looked to see what the ticket would cost to come home in just 3 weeks and the price was the same! So, I decided that coming home a month early to be there for my dad was best. And I’m so happy I did. I was feeling ready at that point but 5 months went by fast. It was hard to say goodbye to the girls but I knew I was coming back.

So that being said, I’m headed back mid August and coming home before Christmas. A lot of people are asking me what I’m going to do when I go back and why I’m going back. Well, the what part is teaching english and supporting them in every way I can. The why…well I really love them and I believe in them. I believe they can have normal lives and I want to encourage them through that. The girls make every sacrifice worth it.

I’ve set a goal at raising 5,000 to help cover my flight, living expenses, supplies for school and as many books and art supplies that I can fit in my suitcases. Some other things I want to take with me are a few Disney movies and special combs and products to treat their lice.

If you’d like to donate I created a fundraising page here: http://www.gofundme.com/backtobangladesh

If you’d like a tax write off, you can donate online through: http://speakupforthepoor.org/

I added a few pictures that always remind me how different we live life. The first picture is a common thing men do that I will never understand: coloring their hair and beards bright orange. Weird right?  The second picture is how they do all their cooking. Everyone cooks outside and sits on a wooden seat attached to a large knife. And the third picture is a typical tea shop that are everywhere is Khulna. You can only imagine the looks I got when I went.

Thank you so much for all the encouragment and support! It means a lot to me. The girls will be so thankful!

If you have any questions about anything you can email me: maggiemanl[email protected]

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