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THE WATER TOWER (2012)
Water is one of the essentials of life. However, HOTPEC could not be guaranteed the constant supply that we in Britain enjoy. There were times when the orphanage was without running water for several days, as the Water Authority had to ration the mains supply to the area.
When two of our volunteers, Barbara and Lynda, were there in October 2011, there was a period of five days when there was no water. You can read a little of the story of their visit on the VOLUNTEERING page on this web site. Barbara decided to raise the money for a water tower, so that water could be stored on the days it was available, to be used when the mains supply failed. On returning home she set about raising funds, and one year (and £4,000) later the water tower was built and operating.
VOLUNTEER AND TRAINING CENTRE (Opened November 2013)
As the number of children increased, more (residential) volunteers were needed. Following the completion of The Baby Unit we began to raise funds to provide a building that would accommodate both local and international volunteers. The original estimate for this ambitious project was £47,000, however, the design was revised to make full use of the steeply sloping site and the final cost was over £65,000.
In November 2013 David and Joy Bark, accompanied by Barbara Watson (see ‘Volunteering’ page) officially handed over a huge building that will serve HOTPEC for many years. Eight bedrooms for volunteers, a communal living room/kitchen, and a one-bedroom apartment for founders of the orphanage, Reverend Zadock and Matron Beatrice Mugri. On the lower level full advantage has been taken of the sloping site, resulting in an enormous tiered hall, level space and full width ‘dais’. It is used daily, as ‘Church’ for the orphanage and many other activities. It has also been used for major local meetings, as it is the largest meeting hall in South West Cameroon.
NEW ROAD ACCESS (December 2013)
The original ancient ‘road’ from the main road to the orphanage was ‘land grabbed’ and blocked by a Cameroonian person, leaving the only other access (both to the orphanage and a small community housing about 50 people) a rocky hill that was dangerous to both people and vehicles. (The site is about 1 kilometre from the main road). Permission was sought to build another access. It was not an easy project as it was necessary to hire machinery to remove many huge boulders, and a stream had to be ‘culverted’. There was a delay when the excavating machine fell backwards into the culvert, landing upside down in the stream. Thankfully the driver was uninjured, but it was not possible to complete the road in time for the opening of the Volunteer Centre. All the visitors for the opening celebrations had no choice but to carefully negotiate the old rocky road.
BOREHOLE WATER AND ELECTRICITY (2015)
Constant clean water for drinking, cooking and washing was ensured by the water tower, but unfortunately there was not sufficient pressure to operating the plumbing in The Bark Foundation Baby Unit and Volunteer Centre. Buckets still had to be carried around the site for personal hygiene and laundry, and the flushing of toilets. (There are up to 200 people on site daily).
We knew of boreholes elsewhere in the area, so paid for a survey of the orphanage site – and found water, but it was 45-60 meters down through volcanic rock! By August 2015 we had water in plenty coming out of the ground – then we needed to pump it around the plumbing in the buildings and to the water tower (‘insurance’ - water always available, even if there should be a problem with the pump installation). Donations from another source enabled the management to install solar panels, but there was not enough funds for the ‘batteries’ needed to store the energy. We needed electricity to power the pump for the borehole, so we also provided the batteries.
The result is that HOTPEC now has NO WATER BILLS, and NO ELECTRICITY BILLS!
SECONDARY/HIGHER EDUCATION 2016
Education support for 23 secondary age students included purchase of uniforms and necessary school items, plus contribution to cost of school meals and transport to school.
University course fees were paid for seven young people, one of whom has already graduated with a degree in Nursing.
FIRST PROJECT – BABY UNIT COMPLEX (opened November 2010)
The first project for The Bark Foundation was to build a new purpose built unit for the infants of the orphanage, with living accommodation also for carers who needed to be available at all times.
A kitchen, laundry and indoor play room complete the accommodation. The original plans were improved and enlarged, enabling some children beyond nursery age to also be accommodated, relieving the severe overcrowding in the girls’ dormitory. The final cost was £45,000.
David and Joy Bark visited the Orphanage in November 2010 to open the building and formally hand it over to the management of HOTPEC.
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|Photos of progress|
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