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The sponsor for the construction of our second house was DOMSPITZEN from Cologne who truly lived up to their motto of caring for children in need. Thus house has been occupied by all of our boys as of August 2009.
All of our children from the former Mbagala house were able to move to our new property after a unpleasant transitional phase.
Since 2003 Markus Brand and the Förderkreis Köln have been supporting the orphanage project in Mbagala. Thanks to his tireless support for a “good cause”, we were able to give 10 children a chance at a better life.
Since 2004, our children and foster mother Penina had lived in the apartment house in the district of Mbagala.
Beforehand, the house had been a chicken coop, which means that chickens were actually kept and bred inside of the house. We reconstructed and renovated the house completely. In return for our work we were allowed to live there without paying rent for 5 years. If the house owner had stuck to the agreement, we wouldn't have had to move out early.
But now the transition time is over! On completion of our second own house all our children live together on our new property! Since August we have a new foster father, Cyprian. He lives together with his wife and his two children on the property and takes care of our boys. He educates them with love and discipline.
In the morning, the enclosed property of our children’s house is swept with a straw broom and the leaves are gathered and removed. This is important so that snakes can be uncovered. Breakfast is served after everyone has washed and dressed themselves. Mama Mirjam or our maid Elizabeth checks the uniforms of the children, and then it’s off to school. They have to cross through the slums and Onesmo, the Big One, goes to secondary school along the main road.
In the evening after lessons, the children play and read in preparation for the next school day. Interns from Germany, Austria or Switzerland are usually on the scene. They always bring along new impressions and above all many new games. Like everywhere else in Africa, the house is locked and the day comes to an end before everyone goes to bed.
On Sunday, all of the children go to church in their respective part of town. Everyone gets dressed up and always look forward to the event. Our children are guided through their lives with the belief of the messages of the bible. The individual churches support this very positively.
A foundation in the christian faith gives the children moral stability, hope, and guidance in their life.