My brother and I have been here for over a week and a half already. So far we have been able to see smooth strides forward toward the opening of the safe home. After my last visit to Malawi over 5 1/2 months ago, I returned to a number of things that had advanced. Our in-country director, Newman, has done such a wonderful job “holding down the fort”. The most impressive accomplishment was the extensive and nearly finished wall covering 850 of the 900 meters around the perimeter of the land.
We have initiated the building of a water tower that will hold the well water and be mostly used for watering the garden and orchard. We have also attained about half of what we need to install the submersible pump in the well that our friends drilled for free.
We are in the process of negotiating with the electrical company for the purchase of a transformer that will allow the home, as well as surrounding villages, to have electricity. We are also making a few minor construction adjustments and additions to make the building as “homie” as possible.
On top of that, the committee has gathered together to discuss many other details of moving forward. We will keep you updated as things progress.