Sunday, May 30, 2010

Rennovating BRESMA

My sneakers have a layer of red mud on the edges, which I refuse to scrape off in any of the airports I pass through on my way home. That special, magical mud means so much to me! Just this morning I stood in the red clay dirt of the backyard of BRESMA I and watched the workmen set the lines that will guide the forms that will shape the concrete for our new building. The orphanage building will become a complex. BRESMA will be a different and far better place for children.

Our engineer, who has a BS from Howard University, has studied in Italy and France, and is a consulting engineer on the rebuilding of the Haitian National Bank, is confident that he can complete the entire three story structure in five months if we have the funding, and we do indeed have almost all the funding. Everything will be built specifically to withstand another earthquake, and he's going to shore up the existing building, just in case.

BRESMA's supporters have united to move forward and build a complex to support our children:
  • AEH - France
  • FAMILIAS SIN FRONTIERAS - Spain

  • ITCHING HELP FOR HAITI - Holland

  • ANSWERED PRAYERS - US
  • ALL BLESSINGS INTERNATIONAL (formerly KAS)- US

  • SOLIDARITE FRATERNITE - France

and dozens of individual donors supporting us have raised almost all of the $212,000 needed to build the second building at BRESMA I. Only $23,000 is outstanding. Surely, working together, we can raise that amount before it is needed.

The new building will house a kitchen, work, laundry, and utility areas, a pharmacy and a depot, bedrooms and living space. There will be room within our complex for a regular school for older children and preschool for the little ones. On the roof will be a playground. Behind the new building will be a detached bungalow for our new American or European nurse and young volunteers who will live at BRESMA to nurture, love, and teach the children. There will be running water, electricity, and even a bit of air conditioning! Finally, we will have the facility we've all dreamed of for the kids!

It will still be an orphanage, but at least it will be a comfortable one which will be designed to help the children begin their transition to life in the US or Europe. Glorious mud!



1 comment:

  1. WONDERFUL news for BRESMA and the little lifes that will be blessed because of this new beginning. Praise God!

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