Your continued generosity has established the school and enabled it to develop. Through the dedicated efforts of our staff, the school has flourished and now has an ever increasing number of students. In fact, we're ‘busting at the seams'!
The school needs to further develop in order to take proper care of our 220 children. The parents’ expectation and demand is that their children continue with us into higher classes. And there is a waiting list for preschool. So we need to build more classrooms!
With your support three more classrooms were added and furnished during the pause in classes due to the Covid restrictions in 2020, one additional ground floor room and two on our new second story. This is a very significant milestone in the school's development. The cost of this was more than USD 45,000. That may seem high...our original building's foundation was made for a single story, so to add on top required additional and costly excavation and substructure work.
Update 2022 - New Classrooms
The next phase of the school's development is happening now! Ongoing since late September, 2022 renovation and construction works have already created one additional ground floor classroom on the longer side of our L shaped building. The kitchen has been enlarged and greatly improved. The concrete slabs and pillars are in place for the new 2nd story that will provide four additional classrooms as well as more toilet facilities.
We now need to urgently complete those new classrooms, toilets and another staircase. Due to ongoing inflation and volatile exchange rates we can only project an approximate budget. We expect this next phase of work will require US$60,000, and we are targeting $100,000 (to also kick start the next phase – adding a 3rd story with an additional 4 classrooms for junior high school). Fortunately our gracious patrons are providing a matching fund of USD 54,000 to kick start this new round of fundraising. So every amount you contribute will be doubled. We are well on our way! The need is evident. At this time (November, 2022) our classrooms are shared by multiple classes. When weather (and ongoing work) permits our Primary 3 class sits with their teacher outside, under our iconic mango tree!
Your kind support will be deeply appreciated by our children, their families and all the school's staff.