Dr. Murphy and Dr. Osiowy traveled to Malawi in October 2016 to contribute to training Optometry students at the Malawi Optometry school, University of Mzuzu. After we finished our time at the university, we visited a small village in which we embarked upon helping to build a new children’s orphanage and day school for two to five year-olds.
The project left an indelible mark on our minds, wondering how we could help more. It didn’t take long, and our colleague started the process by investing in a plot of land to relocate the degenerated orphanage building to higher ground. Drs. Murphy and Osiowy contributed to the construction of the new orphanage that started in early December 2016. Dr. Murphy returned to Malawi to see the construction underway in January 2017. He was able to work with the chief brick layer to actually build part of a wall, and saw all the hard work that went into making each brick individually. The local engineer kept us updated over the next months as the building with two classrooms, a kitchen, and a central health, nutrition and education assessment area.
Following is the progress update to completion of Sara’s Children Day Orphanage and School in September 2017:
Further to the completion of the construction project, we have initiated creating irrigated garden space within the 1.5 acres of land to assist in reducing food supply costs, but most importantly to give the children hope for learning towards self-sufficiency.
December 2016 – Land purchased to build the new Sara’s Children location by our Canadian Vision Care contributors.
Sara’s Children construction in progress. Dr. Murphy participates in brick laying in January 2017.