new sink for our bath-house
The summer camp season is almost here and we have been busy preparing for our families who will join us for a life-changing stay. We don't have an internet connection at our base deep in the Russian countryside so this will be our last report until we come back from our adventures. We can't wait to tell you about how we get on, and about all the new things our parents and children will have learnt.
In our last report we told you all about how our volunteers had struggled through the March snow to deliver new doors and windows to our banya, or Russian bath-house. Since then we have made great progress towards having decent washing facilities, and at some point, access to a washing maching (very useful when we have so many toddlers and young children with us). The photos may not look like it, but there isn't a huge amount of work left to do,
All the plumbing is in place, the sinks and showers are fitted. We've thoroughly insulated the building, fitted the heating system and have even started on the decorating.
Renovating the banya will make a huge difference to us, since the old one was in a dangerous state of disrepair, and we are very grateful to all our donors who have helped make it possible. For those of you who have never experienced a Russian banya, it is a steam room in this case accompanied by showers. After a banya you feel wonderfully relaxed and invigorated, as well as cleaner than you have ever felt in your life. Wonderful as it is, this traditional form of bath-house is also the most practical way of providing washing facilities to groups.
We wish you a wonderful summer and will be in touch when we get back to St Petersburg with all the news from our summer camp.
We've started the decorating!
New, safe stove for our bath-house