The boarding dormitories at Kakunyu

When we first visited Kakunyu, the children slept in two rooms in the compound. There were no beds, just blankets on the concrete floor, and the only light came from candles and the odd lamp – incredibly dangerous for the children.

Now there are many more dormitories, and all are equipped with beds, mattresses, bed linen and blankets, so every child has their own bed. They are lit by solar lighting, which has made an enormous difference – before, the sleeping areas were in total darkness from 7pm to 7am. Although the dorms are a bit crowded now there are more than 30 boarders, they are comfortable, and provide a space for each child to call his or her own.

The old kitchen is now a lovely little 2-bed room for two of the girls, who just love the space and privacy it gives them.