It was a long, fun day yesterday. At the same time that we were working at the school the road the school is located on was being paved. This is the first time that this road has ever been paved and the timing could not have been better for us. The people of the compound are also excited as they will no longer get clouded in dust every time a car drives by. Joy put together a short video that includes mostly the children who live around the school. These children were new to us as the school is a little ways from Mary's house where we have conducted school up until now. There is definitely no shortage of children in the compound. Many of the people asked about the school and we told them to come back Monday to register their children. Joy and I wish we could be there Monday morning, as we are excited to start the official process of registration and actual classes. We are also providing St. John's Ambulance with an office to start working from. They are an international non-profit organization with a facility in Matero, another housing compound across town, and they have long desired to open a branch in Bauleni. They are the group that provided the wheelchair for Bisa and earned our undying gratitude. Of course, their funds are very limited but the services they will provide far outweigh their inability to pay rent. Among other things they will provide in-home care and assistance for people in Bauleni. They currently have 1,000 people in Matero who receive similar services now. They also have a cadet program where they train children in basic first-aid. Needless to say we are excited about partnering with them. Anyway, the work will continue on the site and we hope to install windows, basic furniture and a fence as soon as we can fund those projects. But school does commence tomorrow. -Ken Hoffman
Masau and the kids are clearing and leveling the front area for a patio and eating area. You can help fund the patio and our other planned projects by clicking on the donate button at the bottom of the home page. (or elsewhere on the site)
Ken and Joy Hoffman. See the'Who We Are' page.