Grinding over a rural dirt road, team members from RISE and ExxonMobil, along with local government officials, pulled up to a gathering of kids, teachers, parents and community members, to lay the first stone for an 8-classroom school at Sope. Funds donated at the 2017 Benefit were combined with those from the local Administration and the ExxonMobil Foundation, as part of our partnership with Educate A Child, to build this school.
Construction began in June 2018, and was completed in November. The school was dedicated on 11/11/2019, Independence Day in Angola. Many, including the Governor of the Benguela Province, Administration and Ministry of Education officials, RISE Angola, parents, teachers students and the community, joined in the dedication of the school at Sope with much celebration! Children will have access to education in their beautiful new school.
We are currently fundraising to build the Lalula school. Our goal is to begin construction in 2022. This school will educate 1000 children.