Several weeks ago, we realized that we needed to raise the kitchen and dining tents since we are in the midst of the monsoon. The dining tent is the largest public space and it is extremely important for everyone to have a dry place to eat and gather to escape the Kathmandu rains. As luck would have it, IOM (the International Organization for Migration) had visited the camp and we asked for their help in this project. About five weeks later, IOM informed us that they would provide the materials.
Finally, we broke ground and started the construction today; bamboo was cut, bricks and roofing were delivered. Our camp members are providing the labor and are helping in all phases of the building. We anticipate it should be finished in a few days.
If you have been reading the blog, you will know that Saturdays around Camp Hope are some of the most enjoyable days. We had an art therapy communal painting session where several of the children painted on a large board that will be posted in the dining tent. Everyone enjoys these visits as it is so important to raise everyone's spirits.