Safe and Sustainable: Latrines, Showers and Sewing CenterRich Stigall
By: Jake Barreth, from Haiti, and Trace Thurlby from KC
As we’ve discussed, while not glamorous, nor exciting, latrines are an absolute necessity in every orphan village, so at GO, we celebrate projects like toilets. Construction has started on the new SDLG East (Jumecourt) latrines. The new latrines, which we expect to be completed next month, will serve children for many years to come.
Whether in Kansas City or Croix Des Bouquets, getting any young boy to take a shower is no small task. Our house mommas appreciate whatever help we can provide! In addition to the new latrines, construction for a new boys’ shower should begin by summer. The boys are already excited about the prospect of their own private bathing area. It’s basic. Improved hygiene reduces the spread of sickness and disease. The new latrines and shower area make our village a healthier, and therefore, a safer home for our children.
Finally, the Jumecourt Sewing Center and Trade School is opening for business in April 2011. Whether in Uganda or Haiti, these sewing centers get us jazzed! Acting as a for-profit, Haitian-managed business, the sewing center will provide jobs and trade in the local community. Resulting income will underwrite a growing portion of the cost of orphan care. In phase two, we plan to teach seamstress classes, basic money management, and sewing machine maintenance, which will help equip our teenagers with a valuable skill set for a successful life as young adults.
We celebrate these steps forward as we strive with the local church to build safe, sustainable homes for children! Thank you for serving with us.