Newsletter from Sunrise Children’s Home of Uhekule Village April, 2011
The orphanage opened on March 15th and our first four orphans arrived somewhat bewildered, nervous and excited. I might also add very dirty with just a tiny plastic bag of their personal clothing. We scrubbed, fed, dewormed and dressed them in clean clothes…wha-la, four very happy orphans. Three boys, age 7 and 8 and one girl maybe 9 or 10, no one knows how old she is, and she has never been to school. Now all three are in school, first and second grade, and just loving their new home with three hot meals a day, warm bed at night and lots of attention, things they have never had.
The big problem for me is staffing. The Roman Catholic Sisters, for some reason, did not respond to my letters. One order did respond, but they declined. So, I found three Anglican Sisters to live and work at the orphanage. Three days prior to the opening of the orphanage, I received a letter from the Sisters stating they would not be coming. Of course, they had good reasons, but it left me in a bind. I was able to get a wonderful teacher who was between jobs to help run the orphanage while I traveled to the U.S. for a visit. But she is only available for two months. I am leaving this problem up to the Lord. He will provide, I am sure.
Uhekule Village government wants to send six more orphans to us June 1st, so we definitely need more staffing before then. We have two young women helping out with cooking, washing clothes, sleeping in the dorms, mopping floors and other chores. I will need to hire more help from the village.
The solar power is wonderful. What a treat to have a light in every room of the orphanage and my house. After using thousands of candles for over 5 years, I now have the luxury of solar power. The solar hot water heaters are working nicely, too. In the kitchen of the orphanage, we have a deep freezer (solar) and a refrigerator (solar). What a joy. The house girls cooked about 50 squash from our gardens and froze them in zip-lock bags. (I brought the bags back from the U.S.)
My next project is organic farming. I have the people ready to start building the sheds for chickens, cows and goats. The two organic farmers that I know will be coming to Uhekule Village to build the sheds and teach me and other villagers how to process the manure and make bio-gas. I want the land around the orphanage to be used as a model for organic farming. Not only will the natural fertilizer increase production of potatoes, corn and wheat but will also be more environmentally friendly. The so called chemical fertilizer we use over there is leaching into our river and some of it is just plain “fake” stuff. One never knows if the label on the bag is authentic.
My many thanks to the wonderful Americans for their donations to the orphanage, the sponsoring of village orphans for Secondary School (boarding high school), the sewing group formed in Hot Springs Village, Ar. making clothes and school uniforms for the orphans of Sunrise Children’s Home and your prayers. I am humbled by your generosity.
p.s. I promise to keep updating this website monthly…..sorry for the long delay but I have been VERY busy.
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