Children's Village Update
A vision to establish a community for orphaned and vulnerable children became sharply focused in February 2009. Seventy acres of land was purchased outside the town of Kyenjojo in a rural village called Nyarungongo with the intent of developing a Children's Village dedicated to providing the children with reliable medical care, safe housing, and quality education.
The first building to be constructed was McFarland Memorial Medical Center. By God's grace, a medical clinic, a ten-bed hospital, a pharmacy, maternity care, full-time nurses, and a full-time medical doctor now complete the availability of affordable, comprehensive, quality health services to the people near this remote town of Kyenjojo. Since the space for the kitchen was re-designed for a much-needed hospital, we continue to be in need of a kitchen.
The availability of safe drinking water is a concern in most areas of Africa, yet we have experienced a miracle on the land for the Children's Village. God provided us with not only a source of clean water, but abundant clean water on the Children's Land! Partnering with a church in Clarion PA, we drilled a well, erected a 25,000 gallon holding tank, and laid the pipe. Clean, pure water is now being piped into the medical center, and has been made available to the dormitory. As other buildings are built [such as the various schools], water will be provided as funding permits to buy the piping and pay for the fuel for the generator to pump the water.
In the summer of 2012, the children's dormitory was dedicated and now houses 34 of the most vulnerable children. In the summer of 2011, we began constructing the dormitory, called the "Palace of Treasures.". In the summer of 2012, we dedicated this building to the glory of God. The dormitory provides housing for children whose living conditions had been deplorable. We also hope for funding to be quickly provided for the second story structure so that we may house even more children. As we expand on the Children's Land and acquire even more funding, we will begin constructing separate homes and will move the children there.
In February 2013, the first day of school was celebrated in the Children's Village for 155 children whose ages range from three to fourteen! Supplies that had been sent from the U.S. in 2011 finally are able to be used...a dream come true for Alissa Cooper-Sande, who never stops believing that God will educate and raise up these children to become the next leaders for Uganda.