Today in Soddo

This morning the power station in Soddo (town in which CCC orphanage is located) experienced a catastrophic fire. The entire town including the CCC orphanage is without power. The really bad news is that the water pumps used by the local water authorities are run by electricity and the authorities do not have back up generators. So we are without electricity and water at CCC and have 60 children to feed and bath. We also have clothes to keep clean, a kitchen to clean and sanitize, toilets to flush, and bathrooms to clean.

Our resourceful staff has sprung into action. Sadly, it is common to not have water for a few days and electricity for a few hours. So the staff knew what to do. CCC has a swallow well which provides some water. The well has a hand pump so no need for electricity. However, the well will run dry by mid-morning everyday since this is the dry season. Additional water will be delivered by donkey. The staff and kids will need to make good use of every drop of water.

The house mothers will cook over charcoal to prepare the meals for the children. Extra charcoal has already been ordered.

CCC has one small generator. Richelle and Nathan are looking into buying two more small generators. They may be in short supply since the entire town is without electricity so they may have to purchase from another area. These will provide electricity for the office and some lighting for the kids at night.

We do not yet know the impact on the schools. We will update this blog when we know more.

Please keep the children and staff in your prayers. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful staff that springs into action and cares so deeply for our children.

Delivering water by donkey

Cooking over charcoal

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