There is always more we can do to help the children and their families in need, both large and small. Sometimes it may be as simple as the upkeep of the Boarding home and other times larger projects or outreach work.
When some of the original buildings were built, windows were not installed choosing instead to go with mesh or bars for safety but also to allow the air to blow through to keep the rooms cooler. During the rainy season this doesn’t work so well and we now feel that sliding windows would be much better that can be closed during the wet season. Prices are being gathered and considered as a future project.
The land next to the school became available and SMC has purchased it at a very reasonable price with future plans to provide a small medical centre for families in the surrounding villages. Children receive free medical care provided by the government but we are very aware that due to the remoteness of the villages, many adults do not receive any care and are often left untreated. It is our hope that we may be able to bridge this gap.
The Boarding Home and School is nestled within farm land. To improve safety and to keep unwanted animals and snakes at bay we would like in time to have a wall built around the site. We are currently getting quotes from local builders and will be discussing with the Board of Trustees the possibilities.
In February 2019 work began on constructing a 1.8m high wall around the perimeter of the site. This project is long awaited and needed, but other projects needed for the children have always come first. Finally we are in a position to begin work. The work is expected to take around 6 weeks.