Problems have been encountered in supplying water to the village and in getting permission to lay pipes, so the sanitation project has been put on hold for the time being. Since there is obviously no immediate prospect of going ahead with the sanitation project, we asked Father Dominic whether there was another project he could suggest which would be of lasting benefit to the school and its pupils.
‘...Meanwhile, the chairman of the village has drawn my attention to a very urgent need provoked by termites eating up from the inside key timbers of the original school building. It has two small classrooms and was built a couple of years before Anna’s building but with a thatch roof. After the roof was lost in a hurricane in October 1991, it was replaced by second hand corrugated iron. The immediate concern is that the building could fall during lesson time.
The dream of the village chairman is to replace the building with a hurricane shelter. I am willing to help them in the long, slow process of applying for grants … However, the safety and uninterrupted education of the children are needs which must be addressed quickly.’
We are delighted that there is a viable, alternative project that we can support and after consulting as many donors as possible we have agreed that the funds raised by the sponsored walk and ebook publishing guide can be used for that purpose. The existing classroom will be replaced, reusing any timber that is still good and we are hoping that additional support will come from local Rotarians.
You can be assured that your money is being put to good use for the sake of the children.