I wanted to update you all on the progress of the new orphan facility and at the same time let you know about an idea that some of us came up with.
Some of the photos below show us putting in the concrete floor for the orphanage. We hauled in some dirt, spread it and pounded it down, hauled in some gravel and then poured the concrete. To date, the entire floor is poured in the phase one structure (except for the area above the cistern which is not yet complete).
We desire to tile the entire floor of the kitchen/eating area but we don’t quite have enough money to do so.
So here was our idea.
We are going to be laying down one square meter sections of tile. Each section, including all materials and labor, will cost about $25 a square meter. And we need about 130 of these one square meter sections. To date, we have about 5 different families that are going to “sponsor” (pay for) a section of the tile and for doing so, we are going to engrave or etch their names into the corner of the tile section so that each “sponsor” will forever be a part of the work here on the orphanage.
If you desire to be a part of the orphanage for as long as the structure stands, then please contact me and let me know if you desire to sponsor a section of tile…and if you want you can sponsor more than just one section of tile.
By the way, I am well aware of the financial situation in the United States and because of that we have been thinking about various ways that we can still raise support for the orphans down here without trying to be a burden. In the days ahead we are going to be launching our “Adopt an Abandoned Child” program, as well as, developing a website or blog site that will show various ways to help down here in south Mexico. Be on the lookout please!!!!!
Then there are some photos that show the progress of the cistern to date. This will hold the water supply for the orphanage. There are no water lines out to the site, so we will have to have a truck come and pump water into the cistern on a regular basis.
The next two photos show the countertop that we poured between the dining area and the kitchen. This is where the children will receive their food on trays and then when they are done, they will pass the trays back so that the dishes can be washed.
The last pic shows one of the doors that we just put on (three in total). We were able to get these doors for almost half price so please praise the Lord with us for His everlasting faithfulness.
Blessings to all,
Lance, Sarita and little 5 month old Joshua
leveling the dirt we brought in...
pounding it down to form solid base...
first test of the concrete...
almost done with the pouring...