However, through generous donations from volunteers, huge progress has been made. Patrick says, “so many people from around the world donated towards us and it was all due to the work of the wonderful volunteers that have been here.” The Savior Children’s Foundation now has proper dormitories for the kids to sleep and store their belongings, about six classrooms for the school, an office for Patrick and the structure for the kitchen for the cooks. Although all of this was completed within a record breaking six month period of time, there is still a lot of work that has to be done.
More classrooms need to be built in order to give each grade their own space for learning. The office and the kitchen are not completely finished and the children need cabinets for their belongings and more mattresses for sleeping. Patrick’s biggest struggle right now is to finish the construction and to acquire sponsors for the children. This will help pay for their food and their schooling. It costs a total of $720 a year to feed one child and $300 a year to pay for a child’s education fees. With the addition of these sponsors the daily routine will improve immensely. Patrick will not have to worry about where the next meal will come from for each child.
There are no contingency funds at the Savior Children’s Foundation. Challenges are addressed as they arise. Despite this reality, Patrick is still making big plans for the future. He eventually wants to purchase his own land for the orphanage and plant crops as well as have a fish farm on the property. This would allow The Savior Children’s Foundation to be self-sufficient. These goals are ambitious but achievable.