When we visited Hope Center in Sepember, we made visited the Homa Bay County Road Commission to see if we could receive some compensation for the latrines and bath house that had been destroyed during the construction of the highway that had cut through our farm, directly behind the boy's dormitory.
At first, we were denied an audience with the assistant commissioner, but we refused to leave. He finally admitted our Kenyan Board President and one of our American staff. After listenting to the issue, he agreed that they would dig new holes for construction of both latrines, but the installation of them would be our resposibility. We shook hands and he guaranteed it would be completed before our team left Kenya.
We received an estimate for just the latrines of $7,400. The bath house would add another $1,800 minimum.
A few days before our departure, the equipment needed to dig the latrines was moving off site. Determined to get results, we again traveled to the road commission office several hours away. During this visit, we were joined by the Chinese project engineer who accompanied us back to our children's home, Hope Center, to survey the damage. He promised the latrines would be dug the very next day by sundown. In addition, he promised to tarncak the entry drive to the gate to reduce dust.
To date, the latrines have been dug, but the paving has not and they have moved on. We have no funds to build the latrines or bath house. Our school has over 130 students using outhouses with no septic system, we are worried that the government will close our school if we can't promise a date of installation.
We have a long waiting list of orphans and endangered children given us by the Children Services Department that we cannot accept until we are able to provide them with proper sanitation. Our resident children are being experiencing lack of bathing facilities, and proper toilets. We need help!