The house

An idea is growing

When the German supporters had been struggling to pay off the rent of the Family for 10 months the tenant raised the rent by 100%. He realized that Milly got financial aid and that it wouldn’t be easy for her to move home with so many kids.
And so the idea to get a house the Family would own was born. In the long term this seemed to be the safest and cheapest way. That’s why the idea didn’t die even though nobody could imagine how to organize and finance such a project. A survey via mail showed that the friends, supporters and godparents of the Havilah Hope Family were in favor of trying to undertake it.
There were two options: to build the house in a cheap and simple way or to build a sturdy house. Since the cheap house was said to have a “live expectancy” of 5-8 years the decision was made to build a sturdy and long-lasting house. Some supporters really sacrificed a lot in order to finalize the financing quickly! Milly took care of the property and the proper paperwork.

The new home of the Havilah Family …

… has two main wings. The first is the main house and consists of a porch, living & dining room, a bedroom for Milly, 2 guest rooms, a kitchen and a small storage place.
The second wing was built for the children. It consists of 6 cube-shaped rooms, a porch, bathroom and toilet. Altogether there are 13 rooms plus two built-in toilets, bathrooms and 2 porches.
There is an outside kitchen, more toilets and washrooms outside the house. It’s all very simple but practical.


  • 25.6.2014: Alienation of the property
  • 26.6.2014: The decision about the quality of the house is made
  • 06.7.2014: Milly is meeting with some architects and comes to an understanding with one of them. All questions concerning the property are settled.
  • 15.7.2014: The cost estimate for the house is here.
  • 21.7.2014: Visiting the site and surveying the land for the orphanage.
  • 21.7.2014: The first building materials arrive.
  • 22.7.2014: Start of constructions
  • 17.9.2014: The foundation walls are standing.
  • 08.10.2014: There’s a new cost estimate – the house is going to be more expensive. This is due to calculations with wrong prices but also due to deviations from the construction plan: the house was built bigger than originally planned.
  • 08.10.2014: Start of constructions for the toilets and washrooms outside the house.
  • 28.10.2014: Heavy rains slow constructions down (rainy season)
  • 24.11.2014: Cables are laid inside the house.
  • 25.11.2014: Plastering the walls. Further work being done in and outside the house.
  • 05.01.2015: Moving into their very own house.
  • 08.01.2015: Not everything is finished so it’s very cold inside the house. The water supply isn’t finished yet. This is a big problem since all water has to be bought now.
  • 20.07.2015: One of the construction workers is severely injured while doing some work on the house (Sharon’s brother, he wanted to install the ceiling)