The number 13 might be unlucky for some but 2013 is off to a great start for the St Andrews Baby Unit. Having been open for five years and home to more than thirty little ones, the unit was in need of a facelift.
One of our volunteers fundraised to allow us to put terrazo flooring on the outdoor and covered play area, the bathroom and the kitchen. This instantly lifted the look of these areas but we were left with the main hall and bedrooms looking very drab and with damaged flooring. A local tile company then offered donate all the tiles needed to refloor these areas and even got a cement company to provide all the cement required to do the job! The floor is now much better suited to the young ones and the mothers love it saying it is not only better for the children but it is easier to keep clean as well.
The next stage of the makeover is to have the unit painted. This will be done by students from another of Vision Africa's projects who require to raise funds for exam fees. The paint is being funded partly through donations and partly through a voucher won by one of our supporters which entitles the bearer to about $170 worth of paint. We look forward to the transformation being completed in the next few weeks.
Another great piece of news is that a donor has offered to install a biogas system which will power a cooker for the baby unit. This will reduce the need for charcoal and firewood and will be powered using manure from cows and pigs. The system will be installed this weekend so we look forward to reporting on that in the near future,
The babies are doing well and enjoying their new environment. Priscillah had been very reluctant to walk but is now taking her first steps while Cecilia and Peter are crawling around now. Moses and John are the two smallest babies at the unit at the moment and are making good progress.
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