A year ago I was in Funzi and found nursery children learning in a ramshackled old building , sitting on rocks to participate in their lessons.
Although the trust built a new school a few years ago there is now not enough roof to accommodate the smallest children. That is all changing just one year on.
We are into the final stages of completing the new kindergarten . When we turned up today large numbers if local people had gathered to help with the manual labour. Men mixing concrete, women carrying large buckets if stones and people hammering on the roof. It’s great to know that not only will this school bring education benefits but it will also feed families. The work on the school is creating jobs and putting money into local pockets. In a village where some struggle to feed themselves and schools often hand our food aid this is critical.
The kindergarten teacher was fullsome in her enthusiasm for the new construction and the work of the trust. She said it had been a struggle before and children didn’t concentrate. That would all change she said. The little children have been using the trusts library while the work continues but should soon move into the new building.
There will be in addition to this kindergarten,toilets for the small children
with hand washing facilities. A new cook house and store. Then in a month the whole school will undergo renovation with a paint job from top to bottom. The Trust has always believed in being there for people in the long term. Not doing a job and just moving on. I am delighted that our partnership with Funzi school is an example of that approach. Even the constant rain cannot dampen that enthusiasm.