If you have read the book Unseen Tears, published by Global Partners in Life (GPiL,) you would know about the needs of the children at the special needs orphanage supported by GPiL. In my last blog, I wrote about the remodeling job GPiL did with the bathroom sinks, and today I want to tell you about the shower.
As you can see in the picture below, there is no shower. To bathe the children, a plastic kiddie pool was used and water was heated in the kitchen. It was then brought through the apartment and used to fill the pool. Then the children would be lined up and one after another they would be given their baths.
What you can see in this picture is a very old clothes washer and some unused space in the corner. Actually, that corner was enclosing some large water pipes, and you can see the old tile on the walls.
When we decided to remodel the bathroom, it was stripped down to the bare walls, as you can see in this picture. You are now looking at the same area where the old washer was.
We knew we wanted to make better use of the space and provide some enhancements, so we decided to add a shower. As you recognize in the next picture, the plumbing started to come into place where the old area was for the pipes.
The final product was a tremendous improvement. We have new tile on the walls and floor, along with a new clothes washer. Additionally, there is a shower and bathtub where there once was nothing!
Above the shower we installed a new ceiling with heat lamps, which has led to a problem. The boys like to turn the shower on and run through it like an outside garden hose on a summer day. The leader of the orphanage doesn’t really like it when the boys do that!
Through generous contributions, Global Partners in Life was able to make the daily lives so much better for everyone at the special needs orphanage!