When I had my initial kitchen remodeling conversation with the lady that runs the special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life, she told me for her the main objective was to incorporate a dishwasher into the new kitchen. Her reasoning was based on her observation that when one child gets sick, they all get sick, because she had no way to sterilize the dishes.
I am a practical person, so I was impressed with her practical approach. And I must admit, I was a little surprised that she hadn’t made me aware of that before we were conversing about a kitchen remodel. I am thankful to say that she now has her dishwasher, and hopefully this will help improve the children’s health!
The second item on the prioritized list for the lady that leads the orphanage was an oven. She felt she could offer the children many more options if they had an oven, because all they had before the remodel was a stove top, rice maker, and microwave for cooking. Additionally, she felt the baked food would be healthier for the children than having everything cooked in a wok. Once she had her new oven, she needed pans and baking dishes, and I am thankful we were able to help her with those needs as well.
In the picture above, you can see the new oven, stovetop, and hood. Quite an improvement from what they had before.
We were also able to have a new heater installed. The previous one was an old radiator, and I am not sure how well it worked, because there was usually a cabinet in front of it preventing heat from reaching much of the room. The new one is mounted on the wall, not under a counter, so it takes up less space and performs better than the previous one. It also looks much better than an old radiator, if you remember what they look like!