The drawings that you see here are for the additional house we hope to build at Ahadi, Lord willing (AS GOD ENABLES YOU TO HELP US), for extra staff, and for housing high school
boarding school boys during their school breaks.
Right now, we have one houseparent for 20+ boys, which is really too much for one person. The board decided some months back to add an extra house parent. But, that meant that the cook who currently lives in the Ahadi house, would need to move out for the new house parent to move in, and since his work day begins 4:30 AM, the cook must live at Ahadi since we are in a remote area with no rentals nearby. It also means that the person who is presently a relief person for both the house parent and the cook on their days off, would now need to become a relief person for both house-parents, meaning we would need to hire another part-time relief person for the cook’s days off.
We also have had some over-crowding in the house when boarding school boys come back for mid-term breaks and breaks between terms. (In Kenya, most students go to boarding schools when they reach high school.) So, what seemed like a simple thing of adding a house-parent, has become a big project. We have town and county approvals on the drawings so can begin construction. In the drawing, you will see two bedrooms ensuite for two staff, and two bedrooms, each with two bunk beds (double deckers) for the 4 boys in each room (8 total), also ensuite. 6.100
ALL WE NEED ARE FUNDS. The estimate for this stone structure with metal roof (same as the existing house) is about $80,000 US (8m Ksh). When we first started dreaming about the cost, we thought it might be half that, but Quantity Surveyors and Contractors said, “No way,” even though the finishing isn’t fancy. We have $25,000 that was designated for capital improvements and the new addition, that we have been accumulating, so that leaves about $55,000 left to raise.
Of course, a contractor will not want to get started unless he can be assured that construction will continue. SO, WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! Can you please consider this worthy cause, and remember the tough job that our house parent faces on a daily basis of getting 20 boys off to school each morning and checking their homework at night, and seeing to their clothing repair, health issues, etc. as well as problems that may come up with the house such as plumbing, electrical, etc. It’s a daunting job. He needs more than prayers. He needs help–soon.
Each of these boys has psychological and spiritual issues as well, due to problems in their families of origin as well as the difficulty of living without a parent in a group home. Most of these boys are orphans who need special love and attention; others were abandoned or have parents who are in prison or mentally incapable. All children, of course are vulnerable, but these boys are especially so.
See the giving options at the end of this update with ways you can give. Please help us as soon as possible with your generous support, and spread the news to your churches, Bible study groups or Sunday Schools, and school classrooms, to see if they can make a fund-raising project to get funds.
NOTE THE NEW MAILING ADDRESS FOR ALL CONTRIBUTIONS MADE IN THE US. THANK YOU TO DAVE WASSENAR FOR 16 YEARS OF KEEPING TRACK OF CONTRIBUTIONS. WELCOME TO ROLLY GJELTEMA.
BTW, OUR MONTHLY NEEDS CONTINUE, SO PLEASE DO NOT CHOOSE TO DIVERT YOUR MONTHLY CONTRIBUTION TO BUILDING EXPENSES. WE ALSO NEED TRANSPORT MONEY TO SEND BOYS TO VISIT A RELATIVE DURING THE SCHOOL BREAK IN AUGUST AND SCHOOL FEES IN SEPTEMBER. THANKS.