The end of 2017 brought the completion of the first of many buildings in our Children’s Care Village – an 800 square foot farm building! It was an exciting milestone for GOF, and the first step in a long journey to bring holistic care to orphaned children in Congo.
February brought the groundbreaking of our next two buildings: a bunk house for the staff working on our farm, and a toilet block.
The bunkhouse will be simple – 300 square feet with room for several bunk beds, a few dressers, and a covered front porch, providing a clean, safe and dry place for our team to sleep.
The toilet block will have four toilet stalls, a shower, and sinks. Flushing toilets and running water in a developing country are somewhat scarce and incredibly important. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country of 70 million, only about 30% of the population has access to toilets that hygienically separate human waste from human contact.
Many residents use a simple hole dug into the ground protected by corrugated metal. Sewage often runs into streets and rivers contributing to the staggering number of cholera and typhoid cases in DRC. The latrines will provide village residents and visitors with a safe and dignified place to use the bathroom.
With the construction of the bathrooms comes the installation of a septic system and a rain water catchment system. The septic system will safely dispose of human waste, while the rain water catchment system will provide clean water for washing hands, showering and flushing toilets.
This kind of infrastructure certainly isn’t glamourous, but it’s so important for creating a healthy and safe village for the children we serve.
Stay tuned for the photos of the completed buildings, which should be done by May!