It will be a celebration with a difference for the children of Vangrace Compassion Orphanage;
Pit latrines (outdoor toilets) on the premises were brought into construction. The construction was initiated by the volunteers at the orphanage and the people of the neighbouring community of God’s village (Vangrace Compassion Ministries’ orphanage foster village).
“We initiated this project based on the Fundraising ceremony that took place on 17th April 2015 where the people collected $79.22USD to help in the rehabilitation of the temporary structures and construction of the pit latrines as we want to do something constructive to benefit the orphans”. The members of the community had pitched in to help with the construction. "We decided to take a step on the construction of the pit latrines and the community members collected bricks to be used that were purchased from the income raised among members in the community on the fundraising ceremony,” Ivan explained.
“The older pit latrines were in a terrible condition (full up) and the orphans often found problems since there are many children compared to the latrines.
Work has started towards providing the important sanitation, good health and hygienic facilities for the orphans.”
Ivan says there are 279 orphaned boys and girls, aged between 3 and 17 years old who used to utilize this old single latrine, not forgetting the bad condition that it is in.
However a lot needs to be done as far as the latrine construction is concerned. Cement, iron bars, metal nets and iron sheets are highly needed, and even more bricks since some of the bricks which were collected by community members to start the construct of the latrines were spoilt by the heavy rains we recently had. Iron sheets are also needed to fully complete the latrines roof and with everyone’s contributions we shall solve this noble cause and we even believe our children will no longer suffer with poor hygiene/poor health related diseases at the orphanage with this big hygiene improvement.
As you step out to make a difference today, remember this quote: “The life of a man consists not in seeing visions and in dreaming dreams, but in active charity and in willing service”
-Henry Wdsworth Longfellow-