A large part of our fundraising from last Spring and this Fall was to help fund the building of a wall and a gate around the Yofoso Center. Once the wall is completed with a locked fence, Mulenga Cliff, who runs the center will be able to run water through a pipe under the wall and the children will have access to a tap in the yard which will make their lives so much easier. It will also allow the children to grow a vegetable garden and learn new skills in doing this. They will also be able to change the mud in the yard into a lawn which will allow them a wonderful surface on which to play, read, do homework, and socialize.
Below is an email from the Center's head, Mulenga Cliff, about what the wall will mean for the children and their families.
"Here in Gardens (Lusaka, Zambia) homes do not have tap water, so we use a communal tap which is opened twice every day, in the morning from around 08:30 to about 11:00 am and in the afternoons, from 16:30 to 18:00 hours. During these periods families have to draw and store enough water to use for the day. A very minimal fee is charged. Families mostly draw water for cooking and drinking, while that for washing is drawn from wells. Here at our centre, we have water pipes which last had water over 7 years ago. As soon as the wall fence is completed, water will be connected to the pipes and Yofoso will have water. With this water we will plant flowers and grass, and also the kids, especially I should add, those who come to our centre, will have an extra source of water. With this supply of water, we also hope that we will construct two toilets and two shower rooms, for boys and girls.The kids here have to line up with their siblings to bath, and most of the time they end up coming late for the evening program, which is literacy development." Mulenga Cliff
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