Safety for the children’s home.
When you have 42 children in your care 24/7 you start to think like a parent. Are they well-fed? Healthy? Getting a good education? A very big one: Are they safe?
Despite having double-locking solid wood doors on the dorms we wanted the compound to be enclosed so that people outside and animals couldn’t get into where the children live. The doors are locked but only when all the children are inside for the night. Mostly during the day the kids are coming and going outside to play, to school, to tuitions, to do laundry and for meals. So, we built a solid concrete compound wall seven feet high with gates to prevent anyone but our children and staff from entering the area. Since we elevated the dorms to prevent monsoon rain from getting into the buildings, all the windows in the dorms look out over the compound wall. Also, we can build a volleyball/badminton court in the center of the compound now that outside kids can’t come in and start using it. We just have to wait until the rains end in late December and the land dries so we can set the poles. That gives the girls and boys another fun option to play after school and on weekends.