In April 2006
Homes of Hope volunteers travelled to the rural South African
province of Kwa Zulu Natal for three weeks. During that time we worked in close collaboration with
Golden Acre to build a new home for orphans and their carer.
The new house was made of concrete blocks on an insitu-poured concrete
foundation. The roof consisted of timbers lashed to the blockwork
with a corrugated tin roof nailed on. The the windows
were metal framed with glass. Internally, the house was decorated
with a whitewash
type slurry to seal the blocks and a whitewash decorative coat.
house comprised of an entrance room, 2 bedrooms and a kitchen area. The
toilet was external as government issue with a 'long
drop'. There was no mains drainage but water is provided from a communal
tap in the street and electricity will be added later. Whilst we
timber front door, the locals often prefer to use curtains rather
than internal doors as it saves space.
We needed to raise around £15,000 to complete the project.
This was to cover all the estimated construction costs including land
and materials, and the costs of making sure that the new home was
sustained for the long term and the children cared for. We hoped to cut
costs as much as possible and any funds we raised above
those that were needed went directly to the children of
God's Golden Acre.