Children from Wellsville Elementary help Visoki Decani Monastery
children and Decani monks give their humble contribution to
On October 16th US soldiers from Camp Bondsteel (Kosovo) brought to Visoki Decani Monastery several hygiene and medical packages as donation by children from Elementary School in Wellsville (Utah). The children first heard about Decani Monastery from one of US soldiers who was serving in KFOR and later learned more about the Monastery and its community browsing the Decani Web Site.
Message to Decani Monks
On the initiative of Heidi Jacobsen, a multi-cultural education Specialist in Wellsville Elementary the children from Wellsville Elementary soon launched an action "Help Decani Monks" and began earning money to buy supplies for Decani Monastery. They worked for their families and neighbors in order to earn money by their own little hands. As the diagram on the school wall shows, the action was progressing with a lot of success as the response from all children was better than expected. At the end they bought various hygiene articles and medicines, packed them up and sent to Kosovo. The packages arrived to US Bonsteel Camp and were soon after brought by US soldiers to the monastery together with a large paper covered with signatures of the kids which took part in this action and their message to Decani Monks.
Nestled at the base of the Wellsville Mountain lies Wellsville - Cache County's (Utah) oldest settlement. The distance from Wellsville to the Utah State capital Salt Lake City - the city of Olympics 2002 is 54 miles and the population of this beautiful little town is around 2200.
These two pages are only a humble expression of the gratitude of Decani monks to their little friends in Utah and their teachers. We pray and hope that day will come when Wellsville Elementary children will come to Kosovo and be our guests.