Some Stats on the Youth Ranch Home Facilities

New Youth Ranch KitchenIMG_0376

I’ve been continually asked about our home, and what our physical structure looks like, feels like, and is in comparison with an American home. So here it goes.

  • The Youth Ranch Home has one main house where up to 25 boys have lived at a time.
  • The main house is around 3,200sq/ft. The first floor has a kitchen/dining area and five small bedrooms for a total of ten boys.
  • The second floor has beds for six more boys.
  • The boy’s rooms are around 60sq/ft. and have a bunk bed and small closet.
  • The second floor has a living space that will be converted into our small home-school house. There is also a living area where the boys pile in to hang out.
  • The new boy’s rooms will be slightly larger, allowing for about 100sq/ft. of space, giving older boys more freedom, space to grow, and increased privacy.
  • Our guest rooms each have a private bathroom and shower separate from the main house.
  • Our main house has three toilets and two showers.
  • Our new kitchen design will create approximately a 376sq/ft space for the boys to work and cook.
  • Our current kitchen is part of our dining area, and our kitchen area is under 120sq/ft.
  • We do have electricity** (weak and irregular), flushing toilets** (sometimes the boys flush), hot water** (kinda hot…sometimes), a washing machine for bed clothes** (when we have enough water and electricity), and toilet paper.
  • We do not have air conditioning or heating, as it is really not necessary, and we have a dryer but not the electricity yet to use it.  We don’t have cable TV or cable internet in the home.
  • Our home receives 12,000 gallons of water a month, (500 gallons a month per boy or less than 17 gallons a day per person), not taking into account water for the farm animals and crops, which takes up about half our monthly water allowance.
  • In an average American home, showers are typically the third largest water use after toilets and clothes washers. The average American shower uses 17.2 gallons (65.1 liters) and lasts for 8.2 minutes at average which means our boys don’t have the luxury of a shower a day.
  • There are a number of areas of our home that are not yet finished. We urgently need closets built, dry wall installed, and bookshelves.
  • Our current projects are the completion of a water recycling project, four rooms and a bath for older boys, and a new kitchen that will meet standards and codes.
  • We are hoping to raise money for our new kitchen ($9,800)* (already raised $3,000!), we need to pay off our laying hens ($950), complete the older boy’s rooms ($12,500), build the aquaponics complex for food production ($2,500), and the water recycling project lacks about ($800) to be completed.
  • The road running to the Youth Ranch Land is narrow and dirt/mud and about 650 yards in length. We hope to have the city help us gravel the road this year, but we must first level it ourselves.
  • Our roofs are tin and that makes it loud when it is raining hard, but makes a wonderful roar to which one can sleep. 
  • Our rainy season begins around Mother’s Day (May 10) and ends around Halloween. In a good rainy season, it rains every day and this helps our crops, but creates lots of mud.
  • The boys have orange trees, lemon, lime, apple, guayaba, nispero, and blackberry bushes. We are working on planting more coffee, avocados, raspberry, and strawberry. We have about 140 coffee trees.
  • The garden has hot chilis, bell peppers, tomatoes, and carrots.
  • I hope this answers some of your many questions, and allows you to know a little more about the facilities, and why I am working so hard to fundraise while in the US. God has slowly provided the things that we need to make our home safe and functional for all of the Youth Ranch Boys.

If you have any more questions about our facilities or how you can help us complete construction of our home, I’m in the United States until November 22, and I will have this phone number on me: 615-803-1699.  or my email is   

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