...the harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few
Having taken over the school in January 2017, we assessed the key areas that would require additional work to bring up to standard for registration. One of the key projects was the complete refurbishment of the kitchen area and the installation of cooking boilers, sinks and water supply. The school kitchen project was also a great opportunity to work with the young men from school, during the school holidays, and rescue a tired building after years of service!

This project was an interesting challenge and not something you encounter often. There was no ventilation in the room, so the walls were completely black from smoke damage and the tin roof was warped from the heat.

We basically spent the first week or so stripping back the building to its bares bones. Cracks in the walls were fixed, the black walls were scrubbed, and the plastering began. As the cooking generates a lot of heat, we also took the opportunity during the renovation to insert buffel wall to provide increased airflow.

Afterwards we turned our focus to the roof! We kept the old roof as long as we could to allow for working in the shade, something important near the equator! The new roof structure was made from steel and was built to endure the heat from this commercial kitchen and we trust stand the test of time.

During this renovation work we had the pleasure of working with Rev Creane and his wife Jayne, who both really got involved in the work. They helped get supplies, lay block, fit the sinks, lay some tiles on the floor and by painting the kitchen. We are extremely grateful for their help and are happy to report that with the stoves fitted just before they left, the school kitchen is now in use!
The stoves look great and the cook is getting used to the new way of doing things.

We have a few small things to do to finish and I will look forward to sharing the finished project in my next prayer letter. Click Here  to see more photos in the Gallery.

We would also like to sincerely thank everyone who financially supported this project – it will make such a difference to the lives of everyone at the school.
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