Improvements to Sabuli's Children Center
Through your partnership, CongoVoice has the amazing opportunity to serve Sabuli’s Children Center through 4 vital projects:
1) Repair the building foundation of the children's center
2) Build a restroom facility complete with toilets, showers, and sinks
3) Equip the garden with tools, storage, and water
4) Upgrade the solar system and battery
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About Sabuli’s Children Center
Sabuli’s Children Center began in 2004 with simply providing meals to children on the street. Within months, Sabuli had dozens of children sleeping on her living room floor and eating food from her own garden. She began raising these children as her own. Today the children's center is home to 85 children served by 18 community staff members. The mission of SCC is to provide refuge to vulnerable and orphaned children – affording the children access to food, safety, education, and care.
About the Improvements
The Sabuli's Children Center building was built in 2013. The foundation and the walls are erected of baked clay bricks and cement mortar. These were the most durable building materials available in the region at the time and have served as a solid shelter for the children for many years. Due to high amounts of rain and a lack of a structured drainage system, the foundation has significantly eroded. The erosion of the building foundation is at a point of structural concern and needs immediate repair. Cement and other materials are now more accessible in the region and shall be used to reinforce the foundation.
Improve Hygiene and Safety
At the children's center, all of the children share a communal shower and outhouse with a total of 2 shower stalls and 3 latrines. The structures are in an unsafe condition and the latrine capacity is not sustainable for daily use of the number of children in the center. A safe, hygienic, and sustainable solution is required. The center is seeking to build a new restrooms facility equipped with: 6 toilets, 6 showers, and 4 sinks; a large septic tank to ensure adequate capacity for the daily use of 100 children for up to 25 years; and, direct water source to be plumbed to the facility to eliminate the need for transporting buckets of water.
Expand Nourishment and Sustainability
Sabuli's Growing Garden has served to provide the children's center with nutritious food while also generating income to cover expenses of the center. The garden that exceeds 120 acres has grown exponentially. With fruitful harvests and expansion in the variety of crops, the garden is in need of tools and equipment in order to keep up with and maximize the opportunity of the garden. The garden is seeking to build a storage depot for the produce that has been harvested and is waiting for transportation. The garden is also in need of a well at the garden to provide clean water to wash the produce prior to transportation. Water is currently manually transported from the river. Drilling a well will ultimately save in time and money, serving as a more sustainable solution.
The children's center is equipped with solar-powered electricity. The solar provides access to lights, the internet, and electricity for other everyday necessities. Due to the age of the solar system, capacity and function have diminished and are now extremely limited. The battery to the solar system needs to be replaced and components of the solar system need to be upgraded.