The children and young people in care accumulate quite a lot of clothing – for play, for school and for ‘best’. Washing and drying it – often for the next day’s use – can be quite a challenge in rainy seasons. Especially, as in the case of our busiest Home (with 120 children and young people).
But when the last monsoon season, with its long weeks of perpetual heavy rainfall, damaged a flat concrete dormitory roof, letting water seep into the accommodation, we needed to come up with an answer to both problems . . .
And now, after borrowing sufficient funds, we’ve had the builders in to fill the many small cracks and create an open-sided, metal-framed structure over the top of the building (housing about 100). No more damp patches inside, and scored of clothing items can hang, drying beneath the new roofing . . .
It is so successful that we want it repeated on other dormitory blocks.