Our entrance from the main road is 2 km (1.25 miles) long, crossing through a river and through big trees of the jungle. It’s finished but given the continued rains of rainy season, it seems to need constant repair. We need to add a layer of gravel to avoid runoff and mud. We hope to be able to complete this soon.
Two small bridges have been built over two creeks to install the driveway, as the property has a lot of water (a river, three creeks and several springs) on it.
We have planted approximately 400 citrus trees (several varieties of oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, etc.), 50 fig trees (some of which are already producing fruit!), 1000 pineapples plants which will be producing soon, as well as banana, plantain, pomegranate, cupuacu, blackberry, avocado, soursop, olive, coconut and mango plants/trees. We’ve also started a small vegetable garden to grow our own produce.
DiNING HALL + KITCHEN
We have built a dining hall and kitchen, measuring 33 feet by 85 feet which includes a large pantry and a space for a cold room. It also has a covered outdoor cooking area at the rear of the building for cooking over an open fire. It has it’s own septic tank for gray water, its own solar electric system and is plumbed and hooked up to our well. The building is almost complete, with only finishing touches to be added, such as installing the ceramic tile (which is already purchased) and add one more coating of paint.
We have built a volunteer house (which lacks some finishing touches as well) that includes its own septic and solar electric system. It also houses a small tool shed and work area to repair tools and/or machines, along with an electric room for the solar energy set-up.
SECOND VOLUNTEER HOUSING
We built a second housing unit for volunteers with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, living and dining room, along with its own plumbing, septic and electrical system.
We drilled and installed a well. While we have a spring-fed creek a short distance from the main campus area, it gets dirty when it rains and we needed an alternate water source. We also built a wooden tower to house the 3,500-liter (approx. 900 gallons) and store water to be fed to the houses.
We are building one dormitory now, which is 70% complete. The floor is being poured and the metal roof is being installed now.
Connected to the dorm, we have built a dean’s residence with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, dining room and living room, as well as an office and meeting area.
We are also currently building our chapel with 3 rooms, two bathrooms (one for men and the other for women) and a storage room at its rear. These room will be used for Sabbath school classrooms, as well as academic school classrooms if need be until the school buildings are built. The chapel is 80% complete, having the roof already installed. The floor will be poured, the interior walls stuccoed and painted and the ceiling installed in the near future.
FOURTH VOLUNTEER HOUSE
A fourth house for volunteers (Miguel and Tara’s house) is currently being built as well. The floor, walls and trusses are built and the roof will be installed shortly. Then, the interior dry walls will be built and the exterior stuccoed.
We need still need the following buildings to be built to function best and at capacity:
We are so thankful that you are here reading. We pray that you will enjoy learning more about who we are and what we are up to! We want to thank each of you for your interest in getting to know us and for your continued support and encouragement as we continue to serve God and minister to the young people here at the Eben-Ezer project. We couldn’t do it without each of you!