Fatima, a community longing for education for their children, contributed money to begin construction of 12 classrooms. RISE partnered to complete them, and renovate an additional 8 on the site. In June 2019, the US team arrived to meet the building team, so our Country Director could go over the plans and layout…and as they were measuring and discussing the details, a truckload of sand was delivered; another with scaffolding, tools, and sleeping mats for the team; a goat on a motorcycle; a truckload of cement…and the work began. Kids watched in fascination as construction was underway.
Visiting again in November, the team was in the last few weeks of construction and the site had been transformed. The school was completed, and the dedication took place on February 7, 2020 amidst enormous celebration, joy, and gratitude. The Mayor was stunned by the quality, and shared that finally “our suffering is over!”