A second, larger home for 18 children was completed, intended to eventually be used as a transitional home to bring new children into the orphanage’s care.
Security Wall Completed
The security wall with razor wire and gates is completed, providing much-needed protection for the orphanage. A big undertaking considering it is no small feat to fence 2 acres brick by brick.
Ana Mbilizi was the first child under Grace Orphanage’s care to graduate secondary school. Congratulations Ana!
Communal Kitchen Completed
The communal kitchen was completed, providing facilities to cook efficiently for all the children.
Septic System (Phase 1) Installed
The septic system for the first 2 homes constructed was installed.
Construction Starts on House #3
Construction got underway on the 3rd home for 10 children at the new site. So far, the foundation and exterior walls have been completed, with fundraising ongoing to cover the balance of the estimated $25,000 construction cost.
Solar System Installed
The Congo (DRC) benefits from an abundance of sunlight, so the new solar system providing electricity at the new site should ensure the facility has the energy it needs each and every day.
Fresh Water at New Site
The well was drilled, the water tanks were installed, and the plumbing was hooked up, providing fresh water to the new site. Good quality water will go a long way in preventing waterborne illness.
The Outside Community Receives Access to Fresh Water
Not only does the well drilled on-site provide clean water to Grace Orphanage, but a tap was hooked up to provide fresh water to the outside surrounding community.
Move to the Permanent Home
A dream years in the making, the move from the temporary rental accommodation to the Orphanage’s permanent home has taken place, just in time for the holidays! The children are so thankful for their new home.