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. So far, we have raised $240,000 of the $340,000 to complete the project.
- April 2017 – purchased 2 acres of land for $69,000
- June 2017 – prepared land for planting and drainage during rainy season.
- July 2017 – built fencing for the agriculture area
- August 2017 – planted first crop of cabbage, eggplants and lenga-lenga (wild spinach)
- November 2017 – guard house completed within budget
- September 2018 – completed first house for 10 children.
- November 2018 – completed foundation for security wall around property
- April 2019 – completed second, larger house for up to 18 children
- May 2019 – Security wall with razor wire and gates completed
- August 2019 – Completed communal kitchen
- September 2019 – Water well drilling started and foundations for third house.
- December 2019 – Children moved to the new site – a home of their own!
- December 2020 – Completed a third house.
- January 2021 – started construction on the Reading Centre.
First Phase of Construction completed!
First phase of construction, including 2 houses, security fence, guard house, kitchen and water towers was 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 a third house and have started on a Reading 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 plan includes adding three more houses for a total of 6, so that we can take more children off the street.
Our Orphanage manager, Hosea, has a diploma in agriculture. A large part of our sustainability program is fresh vegetables and pig farming. Hosea has grown our pig rearing project to 8 sows and 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.