Each morning the girls will start their day in this room. Studying God's word and praising together. Our dream for this room is to give the girls a place to sit together and chat. To bond as sisters and create a family all their own. To do homework. To work with tutors to exceed the expectations of the local school. We would love to see these walls lined with shelves full of books. Computers full of learning software. Headphones and iPads to allow the girls to gain fluency in English. This is the room where many dreams will be realized and bonds formed. Because it is currently being used for storage, we will begin by cleaning it out. There are some chipped tiles and windows to replace. The plaster repaired and whitewashed. After a good cleaning and fresh paint, we will put in comfy furniture and desks through out the room.
The dormitory originally consisted of 12 bedrooms and two small bathrooms. We took two of the bedrooms and combined them with the existing bathrooms to make a much larger space. We replaced all doors and windows, plastered and painted the building. A security fence was installed along the front of the building. Finally, solar water heaters have been added to the existing water tanks.
Room Mother's House
Once used as a Guest House, we were able to convert this existing structure into housing for our House Parents on one side and their office on the other. This started with a fresh coat of paint, new doors and windows and a complete revamping of the bathrooms. We then installed a covered patio made of pavers and this once abandoned building is now a cozy home for our House Parents and their two adorable daughters. Everyone at Grace House enjoys gathering under the covered patio where the girls do their homework and have an afternoon snack and often in the evenings sing and dance together.
Currently, there is no designated space for a laundry facility. Our plan is to use two existing structures - the Mother's House and future Clinic - and build a laundry room between the two. It will be large enough to house two commercial washers and dryers as well as hanging space for wet garments and plenty of room for folding and ironing. Amount needed for completion $3,000.00
Having just returned from Grace House we can say, without hesitation, that our most pressing need is transportation. Currently, all the girls are being transported in a vehicle similar in size to a Toyota 4-Runner. The vehicle is old and unreliable. We have found a brand-new bus that can accommodate all our children with room for growth that will cost us just under $17,000. Both our Project Manager and Security Guard are qualified to drive the bus. In addition to transporting the girls to and from school, we will use it on Sundays to get the girls to church as well as getting girls back and forth from doctors appointments and other daily needs.
Each of the ten rooms will house 4 girls. We have painted, installed cabinetry and desk and a ceiling fan. They all have two sets of bunkbeds and one electrical outlet at the desktop. Our goal was to create a cheerful, happy space that the girls would be happy to call home. The looks on their faces at the ribbon cutting were absolutely priceless. Total needed for completion is $16,950
Because the facility was originally built for young men, it took quite a bit of re-configuring to make it suitable for 40 girls. The existing bathrooms which are located in either corner of the dormitory were combined with the adjacent dorm room. Each is now be equipped with 5 showers, 4 sinks and 5 commodes. This is well above the state's requirement for the number of girls we plan to house.
Our plan with the dining hall is to repair plaster and whitewash the exterior. We will paint the interior and clean up the beautiful soapstone countertops already in place. We will need to install refrigeration and a cook-top, the building is plumbed but we need to install two commercial sinks. And then outfit the kitchen with pots and pans, cooking utensils and serving pieces. We will also need dishes, cups and flatware. Finally, we will procure 10 round tables with 8 chairs per table.