After years of neglect, economic strife and poverty, schools are falling apart: leaky roofs destroy rafters, erosion gradually destroys a foundation, a settling foundation causes walls to crack and even fall.
Below on the left is a photograph of a school in Bulape where you can easily see the open area over the top of the eroded wall. A cement patch has been added at the top of the wall to reattach it to the rafter in an effort to stabilize the structure and make it last a little longer.
Many rural schools walls are made of sticks and mud which erode in the rain or are damaged by strong winds. The picture above on the right shows a classroom destroyed by an April thunder storm. The storm occurred on a Sunday and no children were injured.
Ideas are being pursued to make the best use of donated funds, local labor, and simple technology to restore or rebuild schools. The development of a brick making venture for the secondary school students would provide the necessary bricks to use for the schools as well as other structures like the hospital and clinics. Making bricks or cement blocks also teaches skills and develops self sufficiency in the community.