This past winter, our board members loaned $9,000 to facilitate the installation of two new septic tanks. We feared if we did not, we would be closed down by the government. The next project was to raise funds to build a new latrine for our boys to replace the one destroyed by the road comission in addition to their septic. However, after the construction of the tanks, we found the girl's latrine was sinking and needed to be competely rebuilt. We have achieved that, but now we are at a standstill with no more funds available. The boys are all using one stall that was built for the preschool for their long calls. It is not sustainable.
In the middle of all this construction, we were faced with closing our schools and housing all our children at the center due to Covid 19. We were fortunate to be able to purchase necessary handwashing stations and involve our older children as teams to help with sanitizing the buildings daily. The children have also learned to make hand sanitizer and soap to be placed around the compound. This has futher depleted our finances, leaving us to make difficult decisions about going forward.
Eveyone is pulling together by doing extra work in caring for the children and the farm, but we must raise the funds for the boy's latrine very soon before we are faced with a government inspection. We have 150 kids in our projects who have no where to go if we can't care for them.
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