After tapping into a water source on our land, we began to build.
In late 2018, a guard house was erected on the land in order to create a security presence. Shade’s longtime head of security, George, and his family moved in.
A gazebo was also built. Although it may not look like much, this space represented the beginning of Shade’s vision coming to life by providing a place for children from the community to gather.
An after-school educational program was launched in that very gazebo in early 2019!
As the plans were being developed for the next steps of land development, God set up a divine meeting between missionary Mike Fedele and a man named Bill Hebner. Bill is the founder of Hebner Innovative Solutions, a company that designs and builds structures using shipping containers.
Bill designed a five-container structure and coordinated a team to come to Shinyanga and build it. It now serves as the start of Shade School, offices, a meeting space, a kitchen, and bathrooms.
The next phase of building will focus on Shade School. As we add a grade level each year, our facilities will have to expand. Additional classrooms, offices, bathrooms will be built, along with a large kitchen, library, and dining room.