New Girls Dorm – SOH

We launched the project to build a new Girls Dorm at Stream of Hope Home in Uganda in June.  The project was needed for a number of reasons.  The original house that came with the property is too small for the girls and needs renovations to meet the Ugandan Children’s Home Standards.  The new building is a copy of the Boys Dorm and will provide space to increase the number of children that we can serve.  This building will be completed in early October.

We started this project in faith, having no choice, and with 1/2 of the funding.  If you are led to be part of this project please contact us at missionservants.org.

Here is a months progress in reverse….

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Kitchen / Dining Hall Rapid Progress

The Kitchen and Dining Hall building is progressing rapidly and all are excited.  In the last few weeks it has progressed from footer trenches to being ready for the ring beam.  The ring beam is a concrete ring, reinforced with steel that bands the building and walls above the doors and windows, we would call it a “Header”.  The ring beam can be seen in the brick walls of the building in the background.

Framed in floor foundation of large rocks, small stones, and steel mesh.

Framed in floor foundation of large rocks, small stones, and steel mesh.

Floor foundation.

Floor foundation.

PVC for drains and power lines.

PVC for drains and power lines.

Concrete poured over the foundation, one wheel barrow load at a time.

Concrete poured over the foundation, one wheel barrow load at a time.

Floor pouring complete.

Floor pouring complete.

Raising the walls.

Raising the walls in the kitchen cooking end.

Walls with doors evident in the dining hall part.

Walls with doors evident in the dining hall part.

Walls are now ready for the ring beam.

Walls are now ready for the ring beam.

Old kitchen in the shadow of the new one.

The old kitchen in the shadow of the new one.

Groundbreaking for the new Kitchen/Dining Hall

We are excited about the next step in the building process of the Stream of Hope Home in Uganda…a new Kitchen and Dining Hall which will also function as a Church building and community meeting place.  It is a 35′ x 70′ structure, the same as we built at the Lord’s Servants Home in Kenya.  We signed the construction contract during our trip there a month ago and the foundation is set.  We expect completion by July.

Footer trenches for the kitchen end of the building

Footer trenches for the kitchen end of the building.  The current dining hall / Church structure is in the background.

Dining hall end

We are using bricks made in the community helping the local economy.

Wall base on top of the footer

Wall base on top of the footer

This is the current kitchen

This is the current kitchen

Pushing Back the Darkness…SOH Uganda Update #4…New Boys Dorm

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.

View from the back of the compound showing the Boys Dorm on the left with Girls House and other buildings to the right.

View from the back of the compound showing the Boys Dorm on the left with Girls House and other buildings to the right.

Cement covering inside and out as well as installation of windows and doors is next.

Cement covering inside and out as well as installation of windows and doors is next.

The inside is finished well and has a nice ceiling.

The inside is finished well and has a nice ceiling.

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A new latrine/bath house is being finished as well.

A new latrine/bath house is being finished as well.

The 2 doors on the left of the center building is where the boys sleep at night.  We want them at SOH ASAP!

The 2 doors on the left of the center building is where the boys sleep at night. We want them at SOH ASAP!

Pushing Back the Darkness…SOH Uganda Update #2… Clean Water

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.

Drill rig on site in early July

Drill rig on site in early July

Hit a good water source at 150'.  Praising God!

Hit a good water source at 150′. Praising God!

Installed an AC/DC pump, 700W of solar panels and an automatic control system.  The wellhead is below the panels.

Installed an AC/DC pump, 700W of solar panels and an automatic control system. The wellhead is below the panels.

The instant that water was flowing (just out a hose) the community members filled containers for hours each day.

The instant that water was flowing (just out a hose) the community members filled containers for hours each day.

We designed and had a tank stand fabricated locally to hold a 5000 liter tank about 16' off the ground.  This was an event of Egyptian proportions.

We designed and had a tank stand fabricated locally to hold a 5000 liter tank about 16′ off the ground. This was an event of Egyptian proportions.

Eager plumbers helping Greg.

Eager plumbers helping Greg.

System working...God is good!

System working…God is good!

Chlorinator system.  Tank drain valve in upper right, provided the 1st shower after 2 weeks in Uganda.

Chlorinator system. Tank drain valve in upper right, provided the 1st shower after 2 weeks in Uganda.

View from the tank toward the home.  Boys dorm under construction on the left.

View from the tank toward the home. Boys dorm under construction on the left.

Fresh pure water piped to the home.

Fresh pure water piped to the home.

View toward the community distribution site.

View toward the community distribution site.

Community getting water.  Site to be improved but providing clean pure drinking water.  The Community was excited and supportive.

Community getting water. Site to be improved but providing clean pure drinking water. The Community was excited and supportive.

Water is Life.  Clean for drinking and cooking, available for cleaning, on demand to allow life to proceed.

Water is Life. Clean for drinking and cooking, available for cleaning, on demand to allow life to proceed.