Friday 12 May 2006
From: Claire de Boursac
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Aruna school update
A repaired and repainted Aruna school opened this week to the delight of the children, parents and teacher. It has been an intense project with people working very hard to complete the transformation in just three weeks. This project has shown how much difference can be made with a small amount of money in a short space of time.
A local Government minister spoke of the problems facing pre-schools in the area who were severely under-funded and the teachers who were working with very limited resources. He acknowledged that the parents had low incomes and were unable to provide financial support. Of the 37 pre-schools in his area Aruna was the first to receive charity assistance and, the most in need of it.
The school has been transformed. The health and safety hazards such as the leaky roof, broken furniture and lack of toilet have all been addressed. Local carpenters and masons worked hard to mend cracks in the walls and floor, repair the roof and install a new toilet. In addition an extension to the roof will now ensure that rain does not enter through the open windows.
The insufficient and badly damaged furniture has been replaced and the children were delighted to at their new desks and enjoy some ceremonial sweet meats.
The children of Aruna school provided some fantastic entertainment. Their numerous songs, dances and drama performances brought smiles and laughter to everyone in the room.