Because Wellington is a very resourceful community leader, he learned of Volunteer Africa 32 South and the work they did to uplift and develop rural African schools. He reached out to them for assistance. They agreed and made a commitment to help him, which is how we connected to his project.
Before our arrival, Volunteer Africa had previously connected a group from Germany to work on Wellington’s project. They were successful in building the fence around the property and refurbishing the inside roof in the shelter. They did not stop there. Because the shelter was just one room, there was no bathroom. The children were using a little potty that was outside on the side of the shelter; no privacy amongst each other or anyone else. The Germany group saw this as a priority need, when they were working at the crèche and they collected funds from their friends in Germany and purchased outside toilets (portal potties) for the crèche.
By the time we arrived, installing the toilets was next on the agenda. The Germany group had already completed digging the holes for the toilets.
The next step was building the foundation for the toilets, which included making and laying cement.
Wellington had different piles of rocks and sand on his land. We needed to transport the rocks and sand across the road to the creche grounds. We used one wheel barrel and filed it up with rocks. After it was filled, Ronald, one of the project helpers or Denver would walk it across the road to the Crèche.
Next, we had to mix the rocks and sand. Then add water, cement and mix it all together.
Next, the board for the cement had to be laid.
Then tailored with a hole for the toilet.
Next, the steps for the cement to be added.
Next, the cement was poured onto the board.
And that was the end of our week. The work continued with the other four of our group, the next week. When we returned for our second week, the toilets were installed!
Now, the kids can have privacy when using the toilets! Denver had to teach them to stand in a line.