Virdee Foundation’s help, we can be capable of paintings with Bibangwa’s dad and mom to assemble a new, long lasting, six-lecture room college for his or her kids. The Virdee college could be network-owned and network-run. It could be a secure and dry location wherein destiny generations of kids can hold close their threat to research.
Bibangwa’s present day college
A leaking roof is not able to shield the kids or lecture room poster from the rain.
Bibangwa’s present day college turned into constructed thru enormous attempt from the network, the use of nearby conventional strategies. It’s a bamboo body production with white clay partitions. Though those strategies can paintings pretty nicely for home dwellings, they do now no longer paintings for lecture rooms. The pretty important absence of large, frequently-tended fireplaces in schools, method that the partitions have commenced to fall apart as there’s no warmness or smoke to dry and the keep the clay. The Plateau’s heavy rains have speedy degraded the corrugated tin roof.
As a result, the lecture rooms are bloodless, muddy and regularly moist locations. Especially whilst the Plateau’s heavy rains come all through moist seasons.
The untreated and skinny corrugated metallic roofing sheets rusted thru lengthy ago.
Space is likewise an issue. There genuinely isn’t sufficient room for the college’s a hundred sixty five college students in its 4 small lecture rooms. Though unstable, the bamboo benches do deliver a few college students an area to sit, the problem they face is that they have got no desks to help their books whilst they’re writing.
An absence of desks forces kids into writing into books perched on their laps. The rocks are used as benches whilst the lecture room has end up too full.
The Virdee Foundation’s task statement
‘To relieve the desires of girls and kids who've or who're in hazard of struggling intellectual, bodily or sexual abuse.’
Our file at the situation of Bibangwa’s college, and the situations wherein kids are looking to research, left the Peter Virdee Foundation in no doubt – that their help will convey lasting enhancements to the intellectual and bodily well being of Bibangwa’s kids.
The new college
Bibangwa’s new college could be comprised of long lasting substances; stable brick partitions with deep foundations, galvanized (rust resistant) metallic roofing sheets, cement floors. It could be designed to last, and to shield kids from the bloodless and the rain.
Desks and benches withinside the college’s six lecture rooms will deliver each baby an area to sit. They’ll not need to droop over books perched on their laps. Windows will permit herbal mild to light up the lecture rooms. Children could be capable of research with out distraction from uncomfortable, darkish surroundings.
Partnership could be the using pressure in the back of the development of Bibangwa’s new college; among Children in Crisis, The Virdee Foundation, EMI (our nearby Congolese partners), and the dad and mom of Bibangwa.
The contributions made through Bibangwa network could be specifically important. Bibangwa is one of the remotest locations wherein we've undertaken college production, we won’t be capable of do it with out enormous help. Trucks will need to offload any constructing substances on the stop of one of the few dust roads that serve the area. One of the numerous contributions from the network could be to hold those substances, consisting of metallic roofing substances, through hand or head on a three-hour stroll up steep slopes to Bibangwa.
Work has already begun
EMI, our Congolese partners, have already commenced operating with Bibangwa’s dad and mom, getting ready for the begin of the development paintings. Stones are being accrued for the college’s foundations. The systems you could see withinside the picturegraph underneath are bamboo cages. Each cage carries the inspiration stones accrued through one family – as you could see, there are lots of households worried and girls are very a good deal doing the heavy paintings.
Foundations stones are presently being accrued through network members. Each bamboo basket represents a distinctive family's contribution.
We wish to peer the brand new Virdee college commencing in April 2017. We’ll need to look ahead to digital digicam reminiscence playing cards to get down from the Plateau (after which for images to be despatched through very sluggish net from EMI’s places of work in Uvira), however we’ll publish updates on the development as regularly as we can!
Published by Sherry Troxell