From this drawing on paper to moving the girls into the new Blue House: you've made it possible. Additional orphans will be accepted during the next year.
What your donations have built Construction of the new Blue House began in September, 2009 and was completed in March,2010, preceded by years of planning the dream.
The drawings were done by a nonprofit firm, MSAADA which is based in Minneapolis and has offices in Kenya, Madagascar, Tanzania and India. We also contracted with MSAADA to supervise buildingthe project in Uganda, and Jeff Potts, a young architect from Tennessee, was on site in Kazo for six months.
Visits to the site in 2009 helped to get ready to build. The contractor chosen was Balex, a corporation from Mbarara, who had done some construction in the Kazo area and many large projects throughout Uganda.
Because of good planning, we were soon under construction. The project consists of four buildings—a dormitory with 11 bedrooms for 4 girls each, a private bedroom for the housemother, an office for the director, a sewing room and a large, central common room with a designated reading area. That community space will also be used for meals, study, and group activities.
The second building is a cooking “shed” with a locked storage room for food and cooking equipment. In Uganda, cooking is mostly done outdoors using wood or charcoal stoves.
A combination laundry and shower building and a separate latrine are the third and fourth buildings on the site. When the second dormitory is constructed, it will share the same cooking shed, laundry/shower and latrine.
In the summer of 2010, a big part of Beatrice's dream came true: The new Blue House opened the girls moved in. New staff and the Ugandan board began consideration of new orphans to move in.
The finished house, just as planned
Our next challenge: Getting ready to expand to about 44 girls.
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