Progress Report on the Work of Children of Zion, June 1, 2015
I was made aware of the need for another bathroom and a new septic tank. The children only had one bathroom and their shower stall was outside. The neighbors were complaining because the children were going to the bathroom outside. Because of the great need we moved on this project right away and it was completed in Dec. of 2014. The children now have a bathroom and two toilets.
We also recognized the need for beds, mattresses, mosquito netting, screens and paint. We were planning to build beds for them as soon as we had the finances to do it.
But in March, 2015 the Social Welfare Department made a surprise visit and threatened to close the ministry down because of the poor conditions that the children were living in. Because the facility is not ours, we did not want to put money into it. Our heart is to get the new facility done. But we did recognize the need to get the bunk beds built. While we were there on our visit in September we also saw that the children did not even have tables to eat on. So we had 3 tables, 3 benches and 11 bunk beds built. We put in a clothes line also and purchased 13 mattresses. Social Welfare asked that we fix the doors, paint the rooms and fix the screens to protect them against the mosquitoes that give them malaria. I have included pictures of before and after. Workers were hired by Pastor Paul and they did an amazing job to get this all done.
I put out a plea for finances and over 7 thousand dollars came in for this project. We are so grateful for the immediate, generous response that came in from so many supporters.
The beds and tables were built, the doors fixed, rooms painted, ceilings fixed, screens replaced, and the outside painted.
Pastor Paul and Bless went to Kumasi for a 3 day conference to learn how to properly oversee an orphanage and to do the much needed record keeping.
Gladys Nufesa is a Board Member for Children of Zion, but is also a fully qualified Social Worker. She has been going to Anloga to do the much required record keeping for each child that is under our care. So little by little the work is being brought up to the standards that are required. I believe all of us who are involved with these children, want them to recognize that their heavenly Father loves them and wants the very best for them.
In Dec of 2014 we also began to build the much needed cement block fence around our ocean front facility. Because the property lay dormant for about 3 years, neighbors had begun to encroach on the land. They were actually beginning to bring cement blocks on to build a house. So we began the process of building parts of the wall to protect it and to clearly mark the boundaries of the property. Since then the wall has been completed all the way around the 5 acre property, up to six blocks high. We still need to put another 2 rows on to complete it and have a proper gate made. But God has been faithful to provide all we have done so far. Thank you to all those who continue to faithfully support this ministry and to pray for it.
Dr. Gerrie Armaly
Chair of Titian Ministries Internatioal Board