As we wait for the companies who may donate building materials, I began to price the stuff that we would have to buy to rebuild these homes. By far the largest expense will be.. Sticks. Well, more accurately 10-18 foot eucalyptus poles for framing and supporting the roofs. They will be stripped and stained with used motor oil to protect from insects and provide fire protection.

I knew going in this was going to be expensive but right now I’m stunned at the cost. My trusted carpenter quoted me 25,000/= per pole. Barb, a wonderful lady I met yesterday took the matters to her crew and got a quote of 7,000/= per pole. I’d like to take a moment to thank our trusted carpenter.

Anyhow, that gets us to 2,100,000/= or just under $1000. This is a big number. After a generous private donation of $200 from someone here in Jinja we still need about $800 which would drain the HFC Fire Relief fund.

This photo shows a thinner version of the poles we need. This Photo shows approximately where six homes would be placed, as each home was approximately 8′ x 8′ x 8′. The lady in this photo guards her poles (which she had as spares and saves from the fire) all day and all night. I’ve never seen her leave the remains of her home.


This photo shows some of the children who lived in the burned homes. They are standing inside the square that made up the boundaries of one home.


So that’s where we are. We are either going to drain our fund or someone will step in and help with the foundation of the homes: the poles.

Thanks for following along with us on this journey. We are moving ahead in faith. :-)

As always, we are thankful for your donation.