I got an update from Molly Bail (my friend of many years and the woman behind Springs of Hope, Kenya), on the progress in completing the Orphanage that so many of you have helped support through your generous donations, and I’ve got lots of great news to report today:
First, the roof is completely done, the security wall around the Orphanage is nearly complete (Molly tells me this wall is very important), and they are set to open in a little over a month; on Monday, June 1st.
Here’s part of Molly’s construction report:
“We are about to lay the tile on Monday. We are tiling the bathrooms, hallway and kitchen. If funds allow we will do main floor, and bedrooms. If not we will use throw rugs. They are finishing up septic tank; paint inside and out. The kitchen still needs appliances (frig, freezer, Stove/oven), and we need to put up the front gate, doors need to be put on, etc.”
I also asked Molly how we can help hit that June opening date. She gave me a list of things they still really need, and their approximate costs:
- Furniture for living/dining areas $2,370 US
- To fully furnish each bedroom is appox. $970
- Kitchen freezer $390
- Kitchen Stove-$960
- Cabinets for entire Kitchen-$2,170
- Pots, pans, silverware-$410
- Chairs and seating for house: $910
- Linens towels-$447
- Playground for the children (Molly says this is very much needed!) Approx. $4,840 US
If you, or if you work at a company that supports really great causes like this, and you want to pick up any one (or more) of those items, you will have done something really impactful in the life of a child.
100% of the money you donate goes to actually feeding and housing children who need us so badly. June 1st is right around the corner, and I hope you’ll consider picking up any one of the items on that list above.
You can donate by using PayPal (here’s the link to their site—the PayPal button to donate is there, or you can send a check).
Molly Bail, who sold her home and all her belongings, and moved to Kenya with her husband and son to build this Orphanage, included this line in her email to me yesterday:
“You all are so wonderful…please thank all your readers from us here in Kenya! We are so very grateful for them!“
So am I, Molly. My readers constantly amaze me at their generosity, and compassion for others. I am humbled by their contributions to this very important building project, and honored that they’ve come on board with Springs of Hope, Kenya in such a meaningful way.