The fantastic Stevie, Ericki and Dainess were our first group to start school, this past January – and they’re doing fantastically well and thriving! They would never have had this type of opportunity without your help, and we are profoundly grateful, both to their year-to-year sponsors (the Crisps, Butlers, Goldbergs, Harts, and Al-Azawies), and to everyone who contributed towards their two year up-front payment.
We believe in doing everything we can to help willing families to care for orphaned children, reducing the dependency on orphanages and keeping children fully integrated in their communities. To further this goal, we are introducing a pilot project this summer to assist these families to start or expand businesses that will lead to self-sufficiency and allow them to continue to care for their children. Read more about the project and our team here.
Mamas’ Salary Fund
The mamas have expressed interest in continuing their education, and we are only too happy to help! We are currently sponsoring English classes for all mamas who wish to take them. This improves their ability to interact with and manage the volunteers, as well as their ability to help the kids to learn and keep up their English skills. Mama Pendo is also taking an intensive supervisory management course this August to help her develop her skills as she continues to tackle the formidable challenges of running the orphanage.
Project “Light Up the Night”
Through Project “Light Up the Night,” we have completely rewired the orphanage and installed solar lighting, to keep our gorgeous children safe, as well as installed solar lighting in the hospital maternity ward, saving the lives of women and preventing children from being orphaned in the first place. See all the details on the project on our dedicated page.
Through Project MAJI (water), working with Bethan Crisp, we raised over $1,000 for water filtration systems for the orphanage and hospital. The filters can clean over 5,000 gallons of water per day, with no electricity – MASSIVE help to the both the children and the extremely hard working mama’s at the orphanage. This saves the orphanage a huge amount of time and money, given the quantity and expense of gas used to boil untreated water, in addition to the problems that arise when children are thirsty and no water is available. In the inpatient hospital wards, the bucket systems are even more crucial, as there are no facilities to boil water at all, so patients who are already severely ill are at serious risk from parasites, viruses, and bacteria.
We chose this system for the orphanage because it is mechanical and therefore does not depend on tenuous electricity, does not need replacement filters, can be fitted directly into the orphanage plumbing, thereby cleaning not only the drinking water, but also the water used to wash hands and dishes. This similar bucket system, which will be used in the hospital wards and elsewhere, has already been successfully implemented by several international nonprofits in Kenya, Haiti, Pakistan, and Fiji.
Thanks to the great people at Business Connect, we were able to get not just three, but SEVEN bucket systems! So the orphanage has clean water directly from the tap through a plumbed-in system, each hospital ward has its own bucket filtration system, and the local school and Mama Rachel’s orphanage both also have clean water. Read more about our successful installation, here!
Redesigning the playground
The playground had some seriously dangerous features – including a metal slide that tilted at about a forty five degree angle, a metal carousel that was half rusted through and can pin limbs underneath it, and the trampoline that had large holes in it from a tree falling on it last year. With the help of Millie and Mikarla and KATZ Volunteering, we were able to revamp the entire playground, and it looks fantastic! Check out before and after photos!