Current Needs 2017

Fencing!!! For safety!!!

Beds, vehicle, sustainability!!

 

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Fencing For Safety

1. Fencing for safety is critical in Malawi, for the safety of our children. We need to build a fence around the perimeters of the land for their safety and this is a large cost. 

We have currently completed 51 panels of fencing. Each panel of fencing is 12'Length x 8' Height at a cost of $250.00 Canadian. A donation towards a fence panel can also be made in dedication of a loved one. We need 364 panels to fence our project. The balance is 313 fence panels. 

If you are interested in helping us protect our children click on the donate menu and mark your donation as fencing. Thank you.   

 

2.  Beds.

 

3.  We provide all of the needs of our children in the orphanage. Sustainability includes such basic needs as shelter (including water, electricity, fuel to cook) food, clothing, medical aid, education (includes notebooks, pens, pencils exam fees and term costs for education (3 terms), transportation for medical needs, and uniforms. Under this category we provide soap for clothing and laundry. Other basic needs are hygenic including toothbrushes and toothpaste, pads, soap. Basic food is maize that is milled, beans, soya pieces, chicken, seepa fish as well as fruit and vegetables. For helping us provide these basic needs hit the donate button on the menu tab and ear mark your donation as sustainability. Thank you so much 

4.  Vehicle to provide transportation as the cost of transportation is high in Malawi. If you feel you wish to contribute towards a vehicle please mark your contribution for a vehicle on the donation page. Thank you.

 

5.  Programs, books and increased education.

 

 

Thank you for all your support!!

Without your help we cannot help!!

Every dollar counts and is used to help these children 100%. 

2015

We are 2 km past Msundwe. In 2015 we completed the girls dorm, garage, guard house, well, pump house, water towers, kitchen roof and building of a duplex. 

2017

In 2017 we completed:  

Mattresses, sheets, blankets, uniforms, clothing and shoes again for another year. 

Fencing:  51 panels built now.

Girls dorm:  Plumbing issues.

Boys Dorm: Plumbing issues, parged the walls inside and painted, outdoor skirt, stairs.  

Outdoor Kitchen:  Built sheltered kitchen for cooking and wired.

Kitchen and community area:  finished the floor with a smooth finish coat on the floor, parged the walls, wired for electricity, out door parging, doors and stairs.

Pump House:  piping, new pump due to high useage, water useage alarm. 

Duplex:  Board on the ceiling on one side and a dividing wall built for privacy to the roof. 

Communal Kitchen - still needs windows, kitchen cabinents and counters.

Duplex - still needs blinds, kitchens and one sided boarded on the ceiling

Water storage buildings

Pump House floors cemented, doors placed and locks

Fencing:  313 panels needed still. 51 built YEAH !!!!!

Mattresses, sheets, blankets, uniforms, clothing and shoes again for another year. 

 

 

2016 Updates

 21 panels completed and 2016 we will be working on the next 21 panels as well as finishing more little projects around the home.

 

fencing

 

 

One of our hopes is to bring a energy efficient outdoor stove on site as firewood is very expensive. The stove we have is to small to cook the big pots of food on. We use the stove for small items that need to be cooked. 

The bricks below are made on site and then used for the buildings or fencing. 

Looking to complete the finishing of the duplex as well as paint the boys dorm.

There is a need for tables and chairs, desks, and book cases so we can start bringing books over for the children to start using. 

 

 

2015 Updates

 

Girls dorm with painting, begga bars on the entrance, shelving and plumbing. 

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A pump house is built for the well. A concrete roof on this one as tin they can scrap back and steal the pump. 

 

Kitchen roof going up 2015

 

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Duplex

 

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Other exciting buildings - pump house, boys dorm gets windows, outdoor toilets ....

 

 

 

 

The latest update: 

December 2014 

In September we moved onto the new Agape site. The children immediately started school locally.

Currently we are working on finishing up several buildings. 

Below is the picture of the garage and the first of the dorms. An identical dorm is at the other side of the complex except for the boys.

There is a large kitchen for the family to eat and work together, and completion date should be shortly.

As well their is a foundation build for an administration and duplex building.

We are also building a pump house for the well. Our plan is a concrete roof on this one as tin they can scrap back and steal the pump. 

The cost of any trips is by our own personal expenditure and your donations are directly put towards helping these children. It is challenging at times as all of our personal time and finances are donated to help bring healing to the children in Malawi. Your dollar goes to the children. 

 

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Here they are "pointing" above the ring beam on the dorms for a finished look. 

 

pointing the outside

 

Finishing the Dorm for the Girls

 

building 1      parging walls inside

 

Septic tanks (3 large septic disposal systems completed. This is the first system. 

 

septic                    septic finished

 

The Agape Orphanage Foundation

 

gate

 

Building Foundations are laid for the administration and duplex. 

 

admin building

 Working on the fence. 21 panels completed and only 343 more panels needed at a cost of $250 Canadian each.

 working on the fence

Creating the Driveway Entrance

driveway 2      driveway 1

Brick is moulded, then dried, then fired up in a temporary kiln and baked. 

brick nould    bricks get ready for burning   burning of the bricks   

 

After 3 months we have purchased 14 beautiful acres of land. A new home for the children's home. 

 

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Here we hope to build a Girls dormitory, a Boys Dormitory, a large kitchen with a worship center, an administration building, and eventually mission hut's to bring in mission teams to visit and see a whole new way of life.  We started with a pilot project of the guard house and the garage. As we got to know the local villagers, we were able to hire many of them to work on site. Working through some gliches, we were able to complete the first 2 buildings with red clay bricks. The guard house now sits at the front of the yard were we will build a fence that will have a large gate and it will extend eventually around the property. We are calling this our guardian fence and there is ways to contribute to help the building of the fence. (see ways to donate)  With the garage being built we now had an enclosed and lockable place to store all our equipment and keep it locked at night, with guards. 

The next challenge was to get water.  We dug 3 holes and on the 3rd hole we reached water. 

 

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The next part of this project was to start building with hydraform bricks the rest of the buildings. Hydraform blocks are composed of soil and mixed with cement. Green" (fresh) Hydraform blocks are stacked and covered with black plastic to avoid moisture loss. The blocks are then watered daily to create a green house effect, allowing the cement to harden and the blocks to strengthen. Hydraform recommends 250micron black plastic for curing. Cure your Hydraform blocks for a minimum of 7 days and allow the block to dry for another 7 days before building. This will ensure strong good quality blocks.

Currently we are working on completing the girls dorm and the boys dorm with hydraform bricks. Our workers are breaking up termite hills to be used in the mix for the hydraform bricks with cement etc. 

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Here i am in malawi... Notes From Nancy

Today I want to share some water hauling photos. We have had many occasions now when we have had to haul water. Sometimes we are lucky, and it is only the inside taps that are shut down. Then we can access water through taps in the yard. However, sometimes we are not so lucky. One time we were without water for three days. We collected rain water from the roof for cleaning and bathing, and hauled water from a borehole for drinking and eating. The water board, which is right next door to us, allowed us to get some large containers filled with water during this period as well. It is difficult to be without water when your family is close to 90 people, you do laundry by hand, you walk long distances to school, and you play football(soccer) in the dirt in your bare feet!

Read more: A Friend... experiencing the water shortage at Agape

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