Macala school

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August 2023
Dedication Year
December 2023
RISE International Esso Angola / ExxonMobil


The need for schools and infrastructure in the Namibe Province is significant. The Municipal Administration of Moçâmedes, concerned about the education of children in their neighborhoods, requested that RISE build a school at Macala, a windy desert location. The Administration committed property for the construction of the school. Some children attend class in tin “chapa” rooms, which were recently hit by strong winds, making a harsh situation worse – the children continue to suffer, and are excited to know they will have real classrooms!

In 2022, RISE submitted a proposal for funding to Esso Angola which was approved in 2023, and RISE raised the balance of funding needed for the 7-classroom school. The community, families, students, Administration and Ministry of Education officials, and RISE Angola came together on August 17th to celebrate the laying of the first stone. Construction began immediately, and was completed in early December, with desks, chalkboards, and furnishings provided by the local Administration. 

The school was dedicated on Tuesday, December 12th, and handed over to the community and Ministry of Education. There was a celebration with many in attendance, including the Provincial Governor, local Administrators, Ministry of Education, ANPG, Sonangol, and ExxonMobil officials, RISE, parents, students, and the community. Much gratitude was expressed for this gift of a school, for its quality, and for the efficiency of the construction process. All look forward the difference a school, safety, and protection will make for the education of the children at Macala.

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