Mr. João Herculano Neto, the Chongoroi Municipal Administrator, a committed man with whom RISE has had a relationship over many years, requested that we partner to build a 7-classroom school in the village of Bolonguera. The school will accommodate approximately 700 students and begin to meet the huge need in the area.
Bolonguera is a remote village located 6 kilometers from the nearby town of Chongoroi, and 216 kilometers from the Provincial capital of Benguela. Many make a living by sustenance farming and raising cattle. The village has never had a school or any kind of education. Even after the war ended 18 years ago, no one dared build a school at Bolonguera, as the access was difficult, and impossible to bring in the supplies. The community has felt forgotten, but now they are very excited to see RISE coming to build a school. Adriano Huambo, our RISE Angola Country Director, shared, “This excitement was reflected by a little boy, 10 or 12 years of age, offering food, valued at 500 Angolan kwanza, and two girls bringing two chickens for our workers. They are really the first donors.”
Construction is underway despite the situation with COVID-19, because the building team works and lives at the site, apart from their families.
Well drilled - funded by Willow Creek North Shore