The building is so close to being finished. First, we praise the Lord that this construction project was approved to continue even in the midst of the Covid-19 lockdown. This work employs 60 men, thereby providing for their families in a time when they would not otherwise have income. The first and second floor structures are complete. The first floor has all of the electrical wiring in place, and wiring is currently being installed on the second floor. Thomas is working to procure plumbing supplies and bathroom fixtures. The majority of Indian construction materials come from China, and, unfortunately, those supply chains have been disrupted due to Covid-19. While we understand that these supplies are still available in India, it’s just a matter of finding them at a reasonable cost.
We just met our fundraising goal for the building! We’re so thankful for God’s provision and so many people’s generous giving. Please pray with us that we can purchase the remaining materials at a good price to stay within our original building budget. Once the construction is complete, any additional building funds received will go to furnishing the Children’s Home.
The building was just inspected by local officials from the Juvenile Welfare Department who license all of the orphan-care facilities in our state of Andhra Pradesh. The Juvenile Welfare Department has given their full stamp of approval to our facility. As Thomas shared with them his vision for holistic child care, they declared that we will be the model care facility for orphaned and abandoned children in our district. These are the same officials who have inspected the Children’s Home for years at the rental building. They know the quality of care that we provide for the children, and they are excited for us to occupy our own facility on farmland, so as to make an even greater impact in the lives of the area’s children.