The Goredhunga school project was completed in three stages beginning in Spring 2009.
PROJECT OVERVIEW: Raju (our Project Manager) visited Goredhunga at the beginning of February 2009 and it seemed to him that the entire village had turned out to welcome him and to participate in the discussions regarding the new school building. Their enthusiasm and commitment to improving the education facilities for their children was very heartening for Raju. "I was very happy and impressed with their attitude, comments and the great welcome I received." The local people cleared the proposed school site (free of charge!) and stone was quarried from a location, which required a 45-minute uphill walk back to the village. Wood was also chopped and collected from a similar location. Local people were employed to do this work and villagers volunteered to carry the wood back to the village for free.
The structure of the new building was completed with the new metal roof in place just before the monsoon was due to start. The monsoon period lasts from June to September and during that period all the villagers are busy working on their land planting rice and millet. Work re-commenced around October after the monsoon rains ended and the rice harvest was complete.
The new school building was already in use even though it was not quite finished. Due to the monsoon humidity, the carpenters waited to complete the doors and window shutters to ensure the wood had completely dried out. Once installed, we moved on to Phase 2. The woodwork was painted and protected with a weatherproof varnish, the interior walls were plastered and a cement floor was laid. The ground in front of the new building was cleared and the old building demolished. Stone from this building was used to construct a perimeter wall.
Work started in October 2010 to build toilets for the school and these were completed in March 2011 with the villagers running water to the school.
The children are very proud of their new school building telling us it is one of the best in the area!
|The old school||Goredunga children with teacher in class||Children relaxing in the school grounds||Doorway into class|
|The whole of Goredunga school with parents posing for a photograph during Febuary 2009 visit.|
|The roof has just been put on the new school||Goredunga children outside new school||School site showing old building ready for demolishion (on Left) new building (centre) and old to be retained building (on right).|
|The new building with the site nicely cleared.|
|In class with newly plastered walls and window shutters||Goredunga children outside new school, note the new window shutters and doors.||In class with teacher.|