This school was built in partnership with Baker Hughes, a top-tier oilfield service company with a century-long track record. They invest in places where they work as part of their commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility.
Construction of 5 classrooms was completed and a dedication ceremony was held on Thursday, November 6th. The Mayor of Bocoio and Baker Hughes representatives participated, along with those from RISE Angola, the Ministry of Education, the community and students. The Ministry of Education provided desks, chalkboards and textbooks, as well as hired and pays the teachers. Three additional classrooms have been constructed to help accommodate the need, funded through the efforts of Team RISE 2014 and Baker Hughes. The dedication celebration of these classrooms took place on June 17, 2015. Additionally, Willow Creek North Shore donated funds to drill a well at the school site where they have clean water for the first time – the kids and community are thrilled!
Sibol, about 7 km outside of Bocoio, was a Portuguese farm in colonial days. The community desperately wanted a place for their children to learn as they had been schooling under trees and in a dilapidated and unsafe old school building. There are 542 children in grades 1 – 6, and another 201 students in grades 7, 8 and 9, and they are excited about their new school and well.
Well drilled at school site
TOMS Shoes diistribution
We are currently fundraising to build the Sope school. Our goal is to begin construction in 2018. This school will educate 600 children.