The orphanage renovation project for the bathroom areas is nearly complete! This downstairs one is almost finished, and the upstairs one is about 90% there. We should be finished with everything in just a few days. It’s great to see such amazing progression on the ground here in Ethiopia. Have never been so thrilled to see brand new working toilets in our lives ; )
These are definitely some rough visuals, no doubt – but as our team strips the bathroom of what the children at this orphanage have been using for years, we are thrilled about the simple dignity of clean, new bathroom fixtures. After all is torn out and the new equipment is installed, we can move on to managing plumbing and drainage leaks and tackling fixture issues in the kitchen.
Big thanks to Larry Leuallan, Erin Elizabeth Costa, Rangefinder Magazine/WPPI, Lauren Wendle Tricia Kelly McCormack, Diane Rausch Belden, Sarah Coppola, Tom and Laura Witt Fenn, and Teresa Prociuk for your major contributions to this specific project! Your donations have been extraordinarily impactful.
And, of course, grateful for the major donations and the ongoing support from Lush Albums.
(Literally!) broke ground on the first phase of our bathroom renovation projects at Kidane Mehret orphanage in Ethiopia.
Lots more to go but the work is officially underway!
The project will include renovating 7 bathrooms and making small upgrades to the kitchen.
- Replacing the toilet stalls and pipes
- Repairing the water damage
- Applying a finish to the floors, walls, and ceilings
- Painting and adding a mural
- Updating fixtures in the kitchen
Demo just got underway and we will post progress photos soon!
Donate Today! Kidane Mehret Orphanage – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Bathroom Renovation and Sanitary Improvement Project
Our 2015 Summer Campaign is dedicated to supporting Kidane Mehret Orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We are raising funds to purchase needed supplies for this orphanage that currently supports over 60 children of various ages. And to maximize local economic benefits to shopkeepers and contractors, we will be making all purchases and work agreements in-country to not only help the local economy but also maximize the value of the funds we raise.
The core project will provide the children of Kidane Mehret a clean and safe bathroom that they can use while they either wait for families or live at the orphanage ongoing.
The project involves completely renovating the bathroom. Renovation includes replacing the bathroom stalls to healthier, more sanitary options, as well as repairing the inner and outer walls where significant water damage has developed, to protect against mold. In addition, the project will open up the space so that there is a cleaner, more sanitary flow of water and sewage. And of course we will be adding a bright, fresh, clean coat of paint.
Current expectation for the project is $7,500