In 2017, we purchased 2 acres of land just outside the city of Uvira, eastern DRC. We have been busy constructing a permanent facility in phases, that will eventually house 60 orphans and 5 staff. On the excess land, we are growing some of our own food and have sold excess produce in the process to become self-sufficient. Through the generosity of our donors, we have invested over $400,000 in our property. The facility includes:
- 2 acres of land purchased in 2017.
- Ten foot security wall and guard house to ensure we protect the children.
- Four houses, three for children and one used as a library and admin office.
- 3,800 sq.ft. learning centre completed that also doubles as an event space and dining room for the orphanage.
- Community kitchen that allows for food preparation for up to 200 people.
- Fresh water well and storage tower for 10,000 liters.
First Phase of Construction completed!
The children moved into their new home in December 2019. Here is a short video of their first day at their new home. Since then, we have completed the third and fourth houses and the Learning Centre building, that will also double as a large dining room, where the kids can get together for a family meal.
Children hanging around the site during the construction phase.
Our Orphanage manager, Hosea, has a diploma in agriculture. A large part of our sustainability program is fresh vegetables and pig farming. Hosea has experimented with a small pig rearing project with 8 sows that produced 28 piglets. In addition, we have harvested successful crops of cabbage, egg plant, onions, corn, wild spinach and rice. This ensures fresh food for our children. Surplus food is sold in the market where it is in high demand as very little is grown locally.