SOCH Inn opened in 2016. It has 10 rooms and offers good, clean mid-range accommodation for local travellers. Profits are directed towards the running costs of the orphanage. An ex-student of Collège du Léman, who had visited SOCH in 2014, single-handedly raised a huge amount towards its construction. In 2020, generous donations from an Australian church community and a retiring Principal have provided the opportunity to enlarge SOCH Inn by another 3 rooms.
The SOCH Maize Hammer Mill opened in 2018. It grinds maize for local farmers, providing them with a good local service, and generating income for SOCH. The family of an ex-student of Collège du Léman, who visited SOCH in 2016 provided an anonymous donation for this project. In 2020, SOCH is seeking funds to allow the purchase of a fuel-driven engine since frequent power cuts are resulting in lost revenue and frustrations for local subsistence farmers.
Raising chickens is another project which supplements the diet of the children, offers the local community more choice of food, and generates profits to support SOCH.
The Carpentry Project aims to provide basic woodworking skills for some orphans for whom further study is not an option. In 2021, we hope to commence a similar project involving tailoring skills being taught on-site.
This pond was built as a fish farm. It is sited near a large fruit and vegetable garden, both of which are usually fed by a water furrow which was for some months unfortunately broken. And when the furrow was recently repaired, sadly water flow has remained minimal due to water demand in the local area - SOCH really needs a well with a mono-pump (or solar-driven pump) but the Coronavirus fund-raising limitations have meant that this project will have to wait. Of course, fruit, vegetables and fish are all important aspects of a nutritious diet for the children.