We are raising funds to rebuild the Childrene's Center. On September 9th, a severe rain and windstorm destroyed the roof, interior furnishings, solar panels and Internet dish at the Children's Center. We need your support.
The Sabuli's Children's Center has been in operation for 6 years - a building to provide a secure home, furnishings to provide some comfort, then running water to replace the daily walks to clean water, solar power to extended light to read and study, and then the Internet to provide communications & educational content. On September 9th, a massive storm went through the Bokonzo, Gemena community, destroying the Children's roof, heavily damaging the recently installed solar panels and satellite for Internet connection at the orphanage. This Children's Center is home to 85 abandoned children and now the children are displaced finding shelter within the local church and some neighbor's homes. Thankfully not one child at the Center was injured.
The children's beds and mattresses at the Center remain soaked as the rain continues to fall. Everything is wet inside the building. Their notebooks and clothes were scattered outside by the storm. When Sabuli, the director of the Children's Center returned from her garden in the afternoon she tried to calm the children as they were screaming and crying. The entire roof had blown off their building while children were inside. Sabuli is overwhelmed, discouraged and exhausted. Her and the children desperately need your support.
Some of the solar panels can be reused but many new ones will need to be replaced. A new Internet dish is required to restore communications. We have been in communication with engineers to assess the damage and plan for the reconstruction of the Center. The primary task has been to immediately repair and secure the roof since the rain is continuing to fall. Current materials, such as mahogany wood are being borrowed to quicly rebuild the Center as CongoVoice manages to raise support and repay the repair costs.
The estimate including labor cost to fix the roof is $12,585. Before labor cost the estimate to replace the satellite is $9,200. 4 of the solar panels were critically damaged and will cost $ 2,400 to replace before labor costs.
We are asking those who pray to pray for the protection and comfort of children and the staff who serve them. Please keep these children and caregivers close to your hearts. We can only imagine what they have all experienced. We are committed to restore their lives as best we are able.
Please consider donating to CongoVoice.org to rebuild the Children's Center and provide HOPE and OPPORTUNITY to the Congolese.
To give, click the donate button below. Designate the purpose of your donation to the Children's Center and note"Repair/Rebuild" OR you can send a check made out to CongoVoice and designate Children's Center repair - mail to 2805 St James Road, Belmont, CA 94002.
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