The 2nd floor roof on the smaller building of the new St Jean Baptiste Primary School was poured on November 15. Work is now focusing on 2nd floor of the larger building, which should be complete in early January. The doors and windows of the rooms on the 1st floor of the large building have been ordered and will be installed in December. The new building should be ready for occupancy in March 2012.
Jason Krumm, our architect from Schools for the Children of the World (www.schoolsforchildren.org) was in Voldrogue on November 3 to take detailed measurements in order to prepare the construction drawings. We have provided 5 wheel barrows so the community members can collect the large stones that we need for the foundation. The new school building, the first ever in Voldrogue, will have 8 classrooms; an office and teachers’ room; storage facility and a handwashing station. It will be wired for electricity and have a gravity-powered running water system with a large cistern for water storage underneath the building. It will be based upon the standard design that Jason developed for us earlier this year.
We expect to begin construction on the project during the week of December 11 and finish in July 2012. The cost of the construction, fixtures and furnishings, painting and playground equipment is being provided by the German Government Ministry BMZ, the German Catholic charity Kindermissionswerk and the German organization Association for Schools in Hispaniola.