The term “Home Improvement” means a project to improve the house to us but at the Stream of Hope orphanage, it literally means an improvement to make it more like a HOME.
I talked about the exciting gift of new beds for the kids in my last post….Just as exciting to the kids, and something we take for granted, new toilets and bath houses were built for the boys and girls dorms. I personally used the old 3 foot tall, doorless latrine and the well ventilated 3 sided bath stall so I know how much it is a valued improvement.
The community is taking notice about the blessings that God is bringing to these kids. Better floors, latrines, bath heigyne, beds, and mosquito nets, shoes, medicine, and a food budget are adding up to these kids feeling valued and being healthier. Thank you for your prayers and support!!
New latrine and bath house for the girls
Pastor at the new boys latrine and bath house
Old doorless latrine and bath areas
For the first 6 months since opening in December, 2012, the 40 kids in Nawantale, Uganda that were housed in the new Stream of Hope Home slept on the floor in crowded conditions. They were safe, fed, and went to school but were on an unfinished floor with just a blanket. Sickness spread easily among the children and Malaria was common because mosquito nets were not able to be used.
Recently the children were moved into two buildings and separated boys and girls. We purchased 14 new triple-decker steel bunk beds for all the children and 2 double-decker beds for the caretakers as well as new mattresses, blankets, sheets, and towels. Mosquito nets were then installed to protect the kids at night.
I can only imagine the feeling of warmth, peace, comfort, and security that these kids must have felt, sleeping for the very first time in their own bed. It is a privilege to provide something so simple that we take for granted, beds will make these kids feel at home and valued as well as keep them healthy and rested. Thank you all for your prayers and support….and praise God.
New Triple-decker beds and bedding
Mosquito nets to help prevent malaria
Kids celebrating their beds
Kids giving thanks to God