Since St. Clare Centre began in 2004 a proper sanitation sytem has been a dream. The former cess pool was no longer adequate as more and more girls arrived to the safety of St. Clare. About the only advantage of the long drought is it provided long dry days to pour the cement which will be the septic system for the St. Clare Centre.
Each day, in sweltering heat, the men work from dawn to dusk, pouring the cement.The photos taken by Sr. Kathryn show the cement coming down the chute into the forms. Notice the men precariously balanced on the rebar, directing and packing the cement in the forms.
Once the cement is in place it will take 20 days to cure. During this period it must be kept moist. The well at St. Clare makes this possible. Before this well was dug last year, this whole project would have been impossible due to the lack of water.
When the cement walls are strong enough, the pumps will be installed. Each day we inch closer to the dream of a proper sanitation sytem at St. Clare and all this is made possible by the generosity of so many donors in the States, Canada, Germany and Switzerland.