The orphans at Jesus Healing Ministry (JHM) were currently living in rented accommodation. In 2018, the BBK trustees decided that it was the time to secure funds and build a permanent home for them. With the threat of eviction ever present, a long-lasting home ensured that these children would never have to return to the streets.
In February 2018, half an acre of land was purchased in Kenya. A huge variety of fundraising events and presentations took place, from fashion shows at Bethany City Church, Sunderland to Afternoon Tea party at Chester-le- Street Cricket Club.
The plans were drawn and the final cost of £38,000 was agreed with the builders in Kenya.
The first stage of the build saw a 8-foot security wall built around the land including robust metal gates to ensure the safety of the children and their property. The money raised so far had been spent to build the wall, however, BBK was prepared to build the home over many years.
God had different plans.
Trustee and founder Maureen Nevitt, along with many BBK volunteers, decided to hold a Black Tie Fundraising Event, something BBK had never done before! The Black Tie was forecast to bring in about £6000 to £10,000 God willing.
It was a truly magnificent evening of food, auctions, African music, and dance.
We raised a staggering £23,000!
Thanks again must go to all that donated and attended.
Special thanks go to our event sponsors' Smartoutdoor, Intelligent Outdoor Advertising www.smartoutdoor.co.uk, and Sunderland based Video Game Developer, Coatsink, www.CoatSink.com and also to Nikki Atkinson of the Good Cake Company who made and donated all the fabulous cake centerpieces for the evening.
The £23k raised allowed the building work to continue. Septic tanks were installed, foundations laid. Walls erected, a secure roof attached, and indoor plumbing allowed inside toilets to be built. A lick of paint and the building was looking truly magnificent.
With the fluctuation of the exchange rate to Kenyan Shilling and the change of prices in building materials, BBK calculated we needed only £7000 to finish the home.
Fundraising continued with presentations, stalls at differing events, and individual donations from well-wishers flooded in until 21st. March 2020.
Within months, not only did the needed £7000 came in, but more was given specifically for solar panels to be installed at the home. This would run the electricity at the orphanage and may be able to feed some into the national grid for extra cash!
THE BUILDING WAS COMPLETE
In April 2020 the building was finally complete with exception of the solar panels.
The children moved into their new home on 1st May 2020. Unfortunately due to the Corona Virus pandemic, no one will be able to travel from the UK to visit the site for a grand opening.
Finally, BBK would like to thank those who have so generously donated over the years and to our sponsors who donate regularly; your faithfulness is much appreciated, and with God on our side, we cannot fail.