Kinshasa has a very hot season and a very rainy season. Prior to June 2015 the grounds of Centre Emmanuel included three buildings: the girls dorm and infant room, the boys dorm and office and a simple lean-to shelter with a concrete floor which was used as the general area for school, eating and all other activities.
All cooking, cleaning, educational efforts and dining happened outdoors. It became clear that exposure to the elements was difficult not only for the children but also for the "mamas" (nannies) caring for them.
A kitchen / dining area was built where the mamas could prepare food out of the elements and the children could eat. A quote of $4100 was offered for the project, with a breakdown of costs literally brick-by-brick. The total cost totaled approximately $5000. This project was funded by the generosity of a few families.
The kitchen and dining area is now used as a school building, often for drumming in the case of rain, for eating, gathering, celebrations, and cooking.