Work on the construction on the new orphanage site for Midlands Children's Hope Centre (MCHC) is gathering pace, with the Durawall fencing close to completion and work beginning on the rest of the fencing structure. Return volunteer, Reece Walsh, along with fellow New Zealanders, Don McLellan and Garry Howard, have been kept busy at the site building chicken runs. Once the fencing and runs are finished, MCHC will be able to expand its on-going chicken project. The Centre purchases day-old chicks which are raised at the orphanage and, when old enough, are sold to the local community. At present, there is insufficient space to house the amount of chicks needed to generate a profit, but with the provision of new runs, the boys will be able to look after many more chicks. Through this and other income-generating projects, MCHC is working towards a sustainable level of self-sufficiency.
In other exciting news for the site, the building plans have been finalised and approved by the Vungu Rural District Council and the Environmental Council. Steps are now underway to have electricity connected to the site and to source quotations for the building work. The boys recently assisted with slashing overgrown grass around the existing foundation and are very excited that this will one day be their new home.
22 boys currently live at Midlands Children's Hope Centre, which is run entirely on donations. Sponsorship of the new orphanage will make a real difference to the lives of these boys, allowing them a brighter future. Donations are urgently needed to cover the cost of the electricity installation and the construction of the new building. If you can help, please make a donation here. Your support is greatly appreciated.