The prominence of the new dininghall is amazing. In just over a year we have gone from Chicken Shed to Dining Hall. With space to seat a third of the school each day for lunch, there is such excitement as the Dining Hall is in use.
Thank you to everyone who made this project viable. We hope to bring you some photographs soon of the building inside.
Four houses in the community were identified as in great need of roofing sheets. They only had polythene, a few wooden poles and odd pieces of rusty iron sheets that had numerous holes in. We were able to give them some iron sheets that were still usable, to help protect their houses during the rains. One example was Ruth who has 2 of her 4 children attending Hands of Compassion School. Their father abandoned them shortly after her youngest child, now 2 years old. Ruth has to try and manage on her own. The roof of her house was very bad, we took 20 iron sheets on a wheelbarrow to her home – she was so pleased.
Our Prize giving Ceremony was held at the beginning of the term. The 1st pupil in last terms test results from each class was rewarded with a prize. The children were so excited and there was dancing, drama and singing, finishing with anorange drink, bread buns and a few sweets. Donation of 4 tambourines from UK were much appreciated!
We have the privilege to bring you an update on a story we published earlier in the year with regards our new dining hall. Thank you to the generous supporters in the UK, we raised a total just over £21,000 to fund our purpose built dining hall before this year’s rains come.
The building will soon be completed with just a few electrics to sort and furniture to be put in. With 50 benches made by a local carpenter in the compound and all building work being carried out by a local contractor, we are very pleased with the overall project. We felt it was really important to remind our pupils of washing hands before eating. Therefore 4 sinks have been installed outside the dining hall so that children can wash their hands before they go inside to eat.
The new dining hall will give enough seating for a third of the school to have lunch inside, making a tremendous difference to when they had to sit outside.