The Salt, Light and Health Community project in Cobue goes from strength to strength but now is in need of a building of its own.
Up until now the staff have been lent a building for the past eight years for their meetings, trainings, and occasional patient care. This building will now be used as a school, allowing students in Cobue to study in grades 11 and 12 therefore it is crucial to have a health building.
Though the mission department spends the vast majority of its time in the field, it is crucial to have a building for storing documents and materials, for hosting trainings, and for holding monthly planning and evaluation meetings (one week each month). Some training can be done outside, this is not practically feasible during the 4 months of the rainy season. We are also much more efficient when working with tables and chairs than with papers on our laps. When people come for residential trainings, the new building will become a dormitory with mosquito nets hung and mats on the floor.
It will also be used for other church meetings and gatherings and it is hoped to integrate even better the teaching about health and community development to our catechists and priests. The plot of land acquired for this project is adjacent to the government health centre, a new structure was built several years ago.
The proximity will enable continued close collaboration and it is estimated the building will cost approximately £26,000.