Orphan care and primary school
During a visit to Dono-Manga in 2010, the District Manager for the greater Dono-Manga area approached us about the possibility of an orphanage. The death of parents due to AIDS, complications during childbirth and the war with Sudan had left many children without a place to call home. Within a matter of months after our return, funds were donated by two families to build our orphan compound in Dono-Manga. We began to care for 41 orphans and that number has now grown to 85 as we are reaching out to more villages.
With clean water and medical care now available, the children stop dying! Clean water was also available in abundance so children no longer had to spend their day searching for water and for the first time in their lives they had the time and opportunity to go to school. The school opened in 2011 with 95 students and soon doubled, then tripled in size until today 782 children are receiving a primary school education.
Our school has the highest ranking in the state, and is the only school in the southern part of Chad to offer both French and English.
Permanent classrooms are being built as funds are available. Since the school began the children have met in thatch huts for classrooms. A third permanent classroom building is now under construction. Each building has two classrooms. We need a minimum of three more buildings to get all the children out of the thatch huts.