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    Default wanted your old or beginner ukuleles for shantytown children in Peru

    I write this begging email with the approval of the moderators, who I thank for allowing this shameless begging.

    If you have a unused ukulele that you would like to serve a wonderful purpose then i am shamelessly asking for it so I can take it to Lima, Peru. There it will be put to great use by a local colleague and dear friend. He is a really gifted musician.

    I am a part time missionary in Peru - about two months per year, having been full time but now age is catching up with me. In December I was speaking with a shantytown pastor and he saw my travel ukulele and asked me if I had any to spare for his young people. This is a pastor who is a gifted musician and to whom I have given banjos and guitars which I have seen him use well over the last ten years. He and his wife work with children from the shantytown that is pictures below. It is on the north side among the dusty hills that surround Lima.

    I am heading down next week (too soon for a response!) and again in March and again in May and again in June. I can comfortably carry two or maybe three per trip. I live in Vermont so that is where you would have to ship any donations.

    Thanks for reading this and bless you advance.
    Ian

    PS - sets of strings are a great help too.
    PPS - There is no tax benefit to you as I am not a 501c3. BUT those who suffer from UAS might feel better about things by giving one away.
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    This sounds like a great cause. If I lived closer than Arizona I’d consider but shipping might be too much
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    I have a Córdoba 15cm I’ll send your way, with bag. PM me the address, and I’ll get it out tomorrow.

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    It is probably too late for this, but send Kala a note and let them know what you are doing, and ask if they would have any Waterman that they would be willing to donate to the cause. I haven’t see Kala donating large sets to education as they used to—but that may just be due to people not saying anything about their donated sets!
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    Quote Originally Posted by igorthebarbarian View Post
    This sounds like a great cause. If I lived closer than Arizona I’d consider but shipping might be too much
    I have found that sopranos can be sent by mail for a fairly modest amount - if shipped without a case they are light. I do encourage you to check at the Post Office. Let me know if you need a box.
    Best - Ian
    PS - shipping would be to VT 05143, not to Peru as I will be hand carrying.
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    Kamaka pineapple soprano gold label - 1950s
    Kamaka custom soprano, gold label. 1960s?
    Koaloha Opio long neck soprano. 2016
    Mele pineapple soprano - koa and mahogany - modern
    Martin SO, modern, Mexico
    Mainland longneck concert pineapple
    No name concert in koa
    Kamaka tenor - 2002
    Mele, Braddah tenor 1990s
    Slingerland banjolele Maybell - 1920s

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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    It is probably too late for this, but send Kala a note and let them know what you are doing, and ask if they would have any Waterman that they would be willing to donate to the cause. I haven’t see Kala donating large sets to education as they used to—but that may just be due to people not saying anything about their donated sets!
    Let me check with them - certainly worth a try.
    Thanks for the heads up
    Ian
    Kamaka pineapple soprano gold label - 1950s
    Kamaka custom soprano, gold label. 1960s?
    Koaloha Opio long neck soprano. 2016
    Mele pineapple soprano - koa and mahogany - modern
    Martin SO, modern, Mexico
    Mainland longneck concert pineapple
    No name concert in koa
    Kamaka tenor - 2002
    Mele, Braddah tenor 1990s
    Slingerland banjolele Maybell - 1920s

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    Ian,
    Thanks for making the world a better place (and doing it through ukes!)
    Can ukes be shipped to you anytime, or only when you're back in town?
    (I still have your address after shipping the tenor to you.)
    Tracie

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeinfused View Post
    Ian,
    Thanks for making the world a better place (and doing it through ukes!)
    Can ukes be shipped to you anytime, or only when you're back in town?
    (I still have your address after shipping the tenor to you.)
    Any time as my wife is not coming to Peru this week.
    I do not know how much I do - IMHO it is a God thing and I just get to play a part.
    Making the world a nicer, kinder, place is what we are working on is it not?
    Thanks and many blessings
    Kamaka pineapple soprano gold label - 1950s
    Kamaka custom soprano, gold label. 1960s?
    Koaloha Opio long neck soprano. 2016
    Mele pineapple soprano - koa and mahogany - modern
    Martin SO, modern, Mexico
    Mainland longneck concert pineapple
    No name concert in koa
    Kamaka tenor - 2002
    Mele, Braddah tenor 1990s
    Slingerland banjolele Maybell - 1920s

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    I have just returned from a week in Lima - there is so much excitement about this small project. While away four instruments have arrived and I am thrilled - THANKS

    I know of another instrument coming and some strings and a gig bag.

    Thanks o much for sharing and being so generous.
    Ian
    Kamaka pineapple soprano gold label - 1950s
    Kamaka custom soprano, gold label. 1960s?
    Koaloha Opio long neck soprano. 2016
    Mele pineapple soprano - koa and mahogany - modern
    Martin SO, modern, Mexico
    Mainland longneck concert pineapple
    No name concert in koa
    Kamaka tenor - 2002
    Mele, Braddah tenor 1990s
    Slingerland banjolele Maybell - 1920s

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    Happy to hear this. I bet there are some smiling faces in Peru.
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