Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students

by Ikirwa School Project
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Build a Kitchen and a Dining Hall for 200 students
Dining Hall stoves
Dining Hall stoves

Jambo

We are thrilled with the progress that has taken place these past few months on our Dining Facility and wanted to share with you our incredible progress. A new roof has been placed on the first floor and many doors and windows have been installed. The most exciting news of all is that our four stoves have been purchased and put in place. We are currently working on putting the connecting pipes and lines in place and soon we will be making our meals from our new kitchen.  There are still many areas of our Dining Facility that need to be completed, but these giant steps towards its completion motivates us every day.  

Two years ago our Dining Facility was just a dream, a wish for the future, but today as our structure grows and we watch the daily progress Christopher Reeves's quote, “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable” seems so appropriate. Our progress is living proof to our students that though many dreams do seem impossible, with hard work, determination and the ability to build relationships with those around you dreams can come true. We are forever grateful to all of our generous donors who support our school and never stop dreaming along side us. We will continue to dream and set goals for ourselves, which this years includes bringing our Dining Facility as close to completion as possible.  

Your continued financial support allows our students to enjoy their meals in a dry and dust free environment. As we progress we will continue to keep you informed of all that has been accomplished through pictures and letters.  Please watch our progress and adventures in learning on Instagram@ikirwa.school and on Facebook at Ikirwa School Project. 

With deepest gratitude and warmest wishes. 

Rose Hogan

Our new doors
Our new doors
Our roof and windows
Our roof and windows
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Enjoying a meal with friends
Enjoying a meal with friends

Jambo

It has been several months since we last updated you on the progress of our wonderful Dining Hall and all we can say is WOW!  With your generous donations we have made tremendous progress towards the partial completion of the first floor and are now working on securing a roof that will support our second floor.  The weather has been on our side and the materials for the continuation of construction are available and on campus.  

Every day the students have an opportunity to use the partially completed dining hall for their meals and classroom space and get more excited with each passing moment on the growing structure.  We are blessed to have a world wide community of donors who support our goal of providing an area free from the elements for the students to eat in and that understand our need for additional classroom space, in addition to a library and computer lab.  Locally, our community has gotten involved in the construction and the daily transportation of resources and materials. It truly takes a village. 

Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.” It is with this great notion in mind that our campus continues to grow and our students dream of futures beyond their villages if that is their desires.  A library will provide them with reading material that not only supplements their studies, but cultivates their imaginations.  Our computer lab will provide them with technology skills that will carry them far into the 21st century. 

The learning, laughter and excitement that fill our classrooms and playing field each day is truly special.  Ten years ago Ikirwa School was just a dream that is now a reality. Today we continue to dream about a facility that will house classrooms, a dining hall, library and computer lab and see it take shape before our eyes is truly special.  If there is anything we have learned in these last ten years it is that dreams do come true and the world is filled with truly kind and generous people.  We may live far from one another, but Ikirwa School and the wonderful students that attend it each day bring us all together.  We look forward to your visits, letters and emails.  

Stay in touch and most importantly ahsante sana for your continued support and thoughtfulness.

Rose Hogan

Our first floor is almost complete
Our first floor is almost complete
Materials purchased by our generous donors
Materials purchased by our generous donors
Cement is ready to be made
Cement is ready to be made
Future engineers and architects
Future engineers and architects
Future leaders
Future leaders
Our futures are filled with endless possibilities
Our futures are filled with endless possibilities
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Back breaking work done by hand
Back breaking work done by hand

Dear Friends,

Another great year is coming to a close.  Our students returned home on Dec. 10th and began their month-long break.  Our campus seems so quiet without them, but we are confident that they are enjoying their time with family and friends.  

This time last year we were slowly digging and pouring a foundation for our Dining Facility and now we are celebrating the tremendous progress that has been made over the past 12 months. With generous donations from hard-working volunteers and donors like you we are at the point of completing a temporary roof on our first floor. Our goal of building a two-story facility that will also house several classrooms, a library/computer lab and a dining hall brick-by-brick moves closer to fruition.  As the students attend classes the workers dig large trenches and remove the excavated dirt by hand.  The work is difficult and slow because we do not have large machinery, but it is very rewarding watching the community come together to dig the foundation, haul away the dirt, and transport water for the cement to the site. 

Our students understand the enormity of this endeavor and are amazed by the progress and growth of their campus.  This project has allowed them to see how math and science can be integrated into real life work and most importantly to never stop dreaming.  Many of them were on campus when our work began two years ago and are excited to be able to enjoy a healthy and nutritious meal in the dining hall even as we are building it.  Your kindness has allowed our school to grow and blossom in ways we could only have imagined.  You are the largest part of our change and we are forever grateful. Continue to follow the students progress in the classroom and our progress in construction on Instagram@ikirwa.school and on Facebook at Ikirwa School Project. 

We want to thank you again, and celebrate your support of our school.  GlobalGiving has generously extended their 2x match for all recurring donations throughout the month of December allowing your support to go further. All the best in the coming year.  

 

Stay safe and healthy.

Rose Hogan

An aerial view of our Dining Facility
An aerial view of our Dining Facility
Our students enjoying a meal
Our students enjoying a meal
Our community working together
Our community working together
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Clearing the area
Clearing the area

Jambo from Ikirwa,

 

We’ve had a wonderful year and hope that you have as well.  Our students continue to thrive at school and we have you to thank for that. Academically, our classrooms are filled with inquisitive and engaged students who love to learn about the world and continue to impress us with their questions and enthusiasm for learning.  

Throughout the springtime we were able to make wonderful progress on our Dining Facility. We have the foundation for the entire first floor poured and all of the walls are almost up!  To say we are thrilled would be an understatement. The children are amazed at the progress, as well, and love it when the men working allow them to help dispense of the additional dirt by helping to guide the wheelbarrows across campus. It sounds silly, but taking ownership in the change in their dining hall allows the students to feel invested in its progress. We like to refer back to the phrase, “It takes a village..” when we think of the work going into the new dining facility, because without the continued contributions from donors like you and the support and hard work provided from the local members of our community this endeavour would continue to be just a dream. 

As the year continues and every stone is put in place we become more confident in the knowledge that our children will continue to have the opportunity to eat their meals in a place free of dirt and dust and one in which they will be dry during the rainy season. We are sure that everyone can look back on their time at school and remember the joy in sharing stories and spending time with classmates in the cafeteria.  Our students are no different. Please continue to help our dreams of a new facility come true by supporting our GlobalGiving Dining Hall campaign.  

Continue to stay safe and healthy 

All the best,

Rose Hogan

 

Follow our adventures in learning on:

Instagram@ikirwa.school 

Facebook at Ikirwa School Project

Pouring the Floor
Pouring the Floor
Enjoying breakfast in a dry area
Enjoying breakfast in a dry area
Amazing team work
Amazing team work
Raising the walls on the first floor
Raising the walls on the first floor
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Jambo.

Horray, after a year of turmoil throughout the world we would like to share some good news.  Our dining hall continues to grow and construction is moving forward.  Though the pandemic slowed our progress we continue to work towards our completion with your help.  

We have hit a milestone of being one third of the way to completion.  It is currently one room, in which our students gather for delicious meals and socialization, and at other times it is used for classroom space. Our goal is to complete the Dining Facility with two additional classrooms, a library and computer lab and make them available to all the students by next school year. Though March thru May is our rainy season and construction slows, we are gearing up so when the rain subsides and the sun consistently shines we have all of the materials necessary to continue our great progress. 

Your continued financial support allows our students to enjoy their meals in a dry and dust free environment.  The students laughter and engaging conversations continue to fill our school with joy.  Our playing fields are filled with games and competitions and our courtyard with jump ropes and song.  It is only ten years ago that we put our first brick down and now we have several buildings and a future Dining Facility on our campus. We are truly blessed to have your support and are overwhelmed with the confidence you have in our “little school”.  Your donation does not just help us build a structure, it helps us provide opportunities for local children to grow and learn. It also provides an anchor for the community between the importances of an education and the future opportunities.  The sayings “It takes a village to raise a child” is reflective of our goal.  It is all due to people like you who have been so generous and continue our worthwhile project known as Ikirwa School Project.  

As we progress we will continue to keep you informed of all that has been accomplished through pictures and letters.  Please watch our progress and adventures in learning on Instagram@ikirwa.school and on Facebook at Ikirwa School Project. 

All the best,
Rose Hogan



Enjoying a meal with great friends
Enjoying a meal with great friends
Sitting down to a great meal
Sitting down to a great meal
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Ikirwa School Project

Location: Juneau, AK - USA
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Twitter: @Ikirwaschool
Project Leader:
Maria Skuratovskaya
Juneau, AK United States
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