Lacking only some internal painting…the boys will be moving in very shortly. (The outside painting is finished but not shown in these photos). The rooms for six boys each has louvered glass windows, bug screens, and ceilings. This will be Heaven on earth for the boys who may have been on the streets and have been staying in a rented warehouse until this time. Praise God.
The 20 boys of Stream of Hope Home currently sleep in two rented rooms in the trading center along the road a little over a mile from the SOH property. A 10 room structure with capacity for 30 boys, a caretaker family, an office, and a library is being pushed along so the boys can live with the rest of the children in safety and cut about 3 miles of walking per day from their schedule. We plan for completion and move in by the end of November. You can imagine how excited the boys are to have a permanent home. The building was underway during our trip in August. Current photos are below.
Comforts of a Home bring a sense of value to a child. We can’t imagine sitting in the dirt to eat, play, and study. I saw something come over the children’s eyes when I watched them have their first meal at the new tables…I think it was a contented “I’m Home!” look that I get when I have been away from my home for a while on business or something stressful and have just returned.
So far I’ve shown the Electric Light project and the Water Well project that we complete on our August trip but providing tables and shelves for the home touched my heart the most.
Waterborne diseases, common diarrhea, contaminated water supply and containers, missed school, missed work, wood too precious to boil drinking water, hours spent each day to obtain water, skipping tooth brushing, body cleaning, dish washing, and clothes washing due to scarce water. The Stream of Hope Home and neighbors live this way every day…..that is until…
We had the pleasure of implementing a giant blessing to these precious people. When we left to return to the US, chlorinated water under pressure was flowing to the orphanage and to the distribution site at the gate for the community. The sun provides the power to automatically pump water to an elevated tank when needed. It is a reliable system only requiring some sunny days which is not a big problem on the equator.
This is how it happened…All praise and Glory to God for His Provisions and Grace.
Scott Agnew, Gene Coleman, Jon Zavodny, Greg Perkins, and I completed the last of a 3 part mission to the SOH Home, Uganda.
One of the Directors of the Stream of Hope Home described our work as “Pushing back the darkness”. He was referring to the 700w of Solar Panels, 400 amp-hrs. of batteries, and LED lights in all the rooms, kitchen, and church. However, I see that statement as much more metaphorical and general. I know that God is working through us to improve health, give hope, and show the light of Christ Jesus and it is making a huge difference, brightening the futures for these kids and community.
We returned last Thursday from nearly 2 weeks at the SOH orphanage and we completed several important projects. We did not have internet available and I could not send updates so I will do so, one key project at a time over the next few weeks. Praise God with us!