Below is a list of some of the major projects that God has provided for….
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NEW GIRLS DORM BUILDING – SOH
In summary, this project is a 10 room dorm building to house the current 23 girls and 3 female workers, with extra capacity to expand to 30 children. This facility is a copy of the dorm building completed for the boys in December of 2014.
The Need: The 23 girls and 2 female workers are currently living in the small unfinished house that was on the site when it was purchased. This was a temporary move, necessitated by urgent timing, until the sequence of planned projects progress to the point of constructing a dorm.
The small house, when vacant, will be finished and made into the office, Director’s dwelling, and guest house (Following project).
The What: Replicate the boys dorm, placed adjacent to it. The design has proven well and is refined from facilities that are in use at the LSH Home in Kenya. Abundant screened windows, ceiling, electric lighting, shelf and cupboards, study and play room, and good bedding provide a positive atmosphere.
2nd SCHOOL BUILDING – LSA
We are excited to see the need to expand The Lord’s Servants Academy. It was founded to bless the community and is doing so. We propose to build a 2nd building to expand from serving kids from Nursery to Grade 5 to up to Grade 7.
The Need: The LSA has grown yearly. In 2015 the Grade 5 was added without an available classroom. This forced Grade 1 to meet in a store room that was cleared for the purpose. Grade 6 is planned for 2016, Grade 7 for 2017. Also, the 4 room Bldg. #1 does not allow space for a teachers office. A new 4 room Bldg. #2 will allow rooms for Grade 5, 6, 7, and teachers office.
The What: Replicate Bldg. #1. The design has abundant windows on both sides of the room, blackboards on both ends of the room, electric lighting, and modern seating and tables providing flexibility in teaching styles.
NEW CLASSROOM BUILDING – LSA,
Problem: The need for additional quality schooling for the community surrounding the LSH is dire. The government schools are poor and the private school fees leave many children out because of high fees. Many children can be seen not in schools during a school day. We plan to build a school and operate it as a non-profit, providing quality and innovative education at reasonable fees as well as provide scholarships and sponsorship opportunities for the orphans in foster homes and most needy. Currently LSA operates a nursery, 1 and 2 Class in the LSH Dining Hall.
Solution: Build a 4 class room building of a design that can be replicated for growth allowance.
NEW WATER SUPPLY – LSH
Problem: The current well on the orphanage property is not producing in the dry season or drinkable water in the wet season. We dug an additional 7’ down and cleaned the bricks in an effort to improve the water flow into the well. That effort did not bring an improvement. The children currently travel some distance to a neighbors well to obtain water when the stored rainwater is depleted. Although the water is clean, the problem is that we are dependent on the kindness of the neighbor and that many people use that well which could lead to problems with supply and sanitation.
Interim Solution: Tanks and gutters were installed on all the buildings to collect 100% of the rain fall on them. A new dug well was begun but the extensive rainy season and water saturated soil has forced us to delay further work. The shallow well on the farm can be used for farm irrigation.
New Problem: The heavy rain fall and shallow water table made the 2nd attempt at a dug well fail also. We expanded our scope to the community realizing that they also do not have adequate healthy water.
Solution: We drilled a 50 meter deep well, erected a 20′ high water tank, installed an electric pump, added a chlorinator to clean the water, and ran piping from the well to the tank, kitchen, washroom, and guard house at the gate. The well is a good one and can produce more water than can be used. An access point was provided near the entrance gate for the community and now nearly 1000 people have access to clean healthy drinking and cooking water. The local Chief and Elders were thrilled. Water is Life!!! they say.
Special Thanks to Joab at Love Mercy Drilling and Moses at Water Missions Ministry!!!
NEW DORM BUILDING – LSH
Problem: The current dorm building is very crowded and currently has 3 bedrooms for boys, 3 for girls, 1 room for Resident Caretakers, 1 for Social Worker, 1 for office, and 1 sick room. We recognize the need to separate the living quarters of the boys from the girls and to reduce the amount of children in each room. We also are led to increase the number of children. Additional rooms are desired for A) Computer training/library, B) Craft/sewing/training, C) Guest rooms.
Solution: Build a twin of the original dorm building. Move the boys and caretakers into the new building. Establish a craft/sewing/training room and guest rooms. Admit 20 additional children.
New Dorm Project – photos
ELECTIFICATION – LSH:
Problem: Solar power capacity would need to be increased in order to keep up with demand from the Dining Hall / Church and new dorm building. In the long run, solar power will not be adequate for electric cooking and security lighting without significant investment.
Solution: Kenya power ran a line to the home and the orphanage on the grid in March. This allowed them to install electric cooking, electric irons, security lighting, and electrification of the new dorm. The grid power will also charge the solar batteries during periods of poor solar charging. A device was installed to automatically switch between solar and grid power. This project was an unexpected blessing and initiative by the local government to push for the home to get connected. The orphanage is the first to be hooked up in the community that is not on the main road.
Problem/Need: The orphanage is located in a rural community dependent on agriculture and pollination by bees. the orphanage farm as well. The children will benefit from being exposed to as many trades, skills, and opportunities as possible before the reach adulthood.
Solution: A beekeeping initiative including the purchase of locally built hives, delivery of equipment from the USA, establishment of a colony, and education/training about bees was completed by team member Diane.
Beekeeping Project – photos
NEW 5 STALL LATRINE – LSH
Problem: Even with the completion of the 2 stall latrine in 2011, facilities are still inadequate for the home and church. The original latrines and septic tank remains full due to ground water incursion.
Solution: Built a new 5 stall latrine that will serve completely even with planned increase in children, nursery school, and church growth.
Problem: Another requirement of the PHO is a separate dining facility for the children, away from their sleeping quarters. We could have been potentially shut down if this issue was not resolved long-term. The kids ate, played, and did homework on the desks we built outside their rooms. A second issue involved the kitchen which is currently adequate but could use improvement in space, storage, ventilation, lighting, and convenience. A third need is for a room to assemble as a group as well as space to use for bad weather playing and training for the kids. A a large need is for a bigger facility to hold worship services and community meetings for the church.
Solution: A 35′ x 70′ hall was built adjacent to the dorm that contains a new kitchen, dining hall, and storage rooms. It is brick wall and steel roof construction like the dorms, has electric lights and outlets for church PA power and cooking. This addition changed the lives of the caretakers and children, allow us to meet PHO standards, and kept the homey atmosphere without overcrowding. The kids all eat together, have room to do homework or have play groups, and can run around at night or when it is raining. This building is a great home to the Liyavo Bible Church and is also made available to be used for community meetings and outreach.
Problem: A common skill most homes in the area practice is the raising of chickens for meat and eggs for consumption or profit. The children’s diet could definitely use additional protein and the children need to learn common life skills. The chickens that resided at the home ran loose and laid eggs wherever they wished and were commonly stolen or killed. A place to keep them safe and make egg collection convenient was needed.
Solution: The rear room of the old church was modified and a fences run attached to provide a safe yard from hawks, dogs, and thieves as well as a peaceful coop for egg laying.
GREENHOUSE – LSH:
Problem: Raising common vegetables like tomatoes and greens was possible but inefficient due to the weather patterns of rain. Tomatoes are used year round but can not be raised year round without a greenhouse. It was desired to sell surplus produce for funds and teach children how to manage a business.
Solution: A greenhouse was built from plastic donated by the Ludwig Svennson Corp. and timber from the LSH farm. Tomatoes are currently being raised year round.
Problem: A station for the 24/7 guard was needed by the gate and required by custom and policy of the security services.
Solution: A guard house was built for the guards to control gate traffic and contact with the community.
Problem: The current 4 stall pit latrine became unusable due to ground water filling the pits. This required immediate action since it is a sanitation issue. The local Public Health Officer (PHO) has also cited that the home is required to have separate buildings for boys and girls. The latrine also services the Church and Nursery School next to the orphanage.
Solution: Build a latrine that satisfy the capacity of the orphanage at full occupancy and satisfies the PHO.
OUTSIDE SHELTER AND TABLES – LSH:
Solution: A shelter was constructed along with 2 picnic tables.
ELECTIFICATION – LSH:
Problem: Electricity is needed for some basic things like cell phone charging and future upgrades like lighting and computers. The promised coming of Kenya line power to the home appears to be not likely. A charge of $60,000 has been asked.
Solution: Install solar power system. Solar panels were brought to Kenya with us and a system including a charge controller, battery, and inverter was installed. The panels installed on the roof and the inverter which makes 220V AC was wired to the building and newly installed fluorescent lights. This system collected solar power during the day and allowed some lights at night and cell phone and computer charging during the day.
Note: This project has been upgraded every trip with the addition of more panels, more batteries, and better inverters. The solar power system is currently a back-up and can provide up to 4 hours of lighting each night if needed.
Problem/Need: A playground for the children.
Solution: A playground was constructed including swings, climbing platforms and ladders, and seesaws. A soccer field with goals was constructed.
FARM LAND ACQUISITION – LSH:
Problem: Without additional land, rented or purchased, the children would not have an opportunity to learn about farming and animal rearing. The current 1+ acre also is inadequate for playground needs and water collection.
Solution: Purchased 3.5 acres of forest and farm land adjacent to the orphanage plot.
Problem: The children eat and do homework in the hallway of the dorm using benches borrowed from the church.
Solution: A desk system that lined the length of the hallway along one wall was completed. Benches and cubby spaces allow the children to do homework, store their school supplies, and eat.
HEALTH IMPROVEMENTS – LSH:
Problem: The children were getting sick with malaria and other illnesses.
Solution: Mosquito nest were installed, a sick room established, and a stock of medical supplies and medicines purchased and stored in a locking cabinet that was constructed.
GATE AND SECURITY FENCE – LSH:
Problem: Security at the home needed to be established to protect the children.
Solution: A fence was established around the perimeter of the plot and a brick wall with steel gate constructed and installed.