While the number of daily victims claimed by the Ebola virus has now vastly diminished here in Sierra Leone (our neighboring country Liberia has just been declared Ebola free) yet it still raises it ugly head occasionally. Nevertheless this deadly outbreak has left its tragic reminders – most notably the rendering of thousands of children as orphans.
Because of the greet need to house some of these children the Mission is working day and night to avoid the coming rain and to start the actual buildings, particularly at our Tower Hill site.
As the name suggests the topography at our Tower Hill compound is difficult. It is multi-leveled and steep. It is therefore necessary to scratch out areas of level ground in order to permit the construction of the various buildings which will constitute the Tower Hill orphanage complex – dormitory, dining hall, school and playground.
For that reason the Mission is now involved in furious tractor excavation work, rapid transportation of soil from the compound by the regular rotation of several trucks at night(to avoid traffic) and the breaking of large loosed boulders into pebbles. This process is happening on an almost twenty four hour basis.
Once the rains come it will be very difficult to continue this type of clearance and leveling work at Tower Hill. Our aim is therefore to put at least the foundations of the dormitory and dining hall before the heavy and incessant rains come. When this is accomplished then we can continue building uninterrupted even when the storms arrive.
On the other hand the terrain in our Waterloo compound, which will be the site of the other branch of the orphanage, is very flat so it is not necessary there to be to be concerned about the coming rains.
We thank our generous Greek Orthodox donors in the USA for making this vision become a reality. The Mission particularly thanks Rev. Alex Karloutsos of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America for his productive networking and intervention in this project. May the Lord grant him many years. We also thank Paradise 4 Kids / USA for their untiring sponsorship of our Orthodox Mission here in Sierra Leone.
I ask for all your prayers.
Christ is Risen
+ Rev. Themi