Thanks to the selflessness of Saviour's teachers, most of whom are unpaid, the walk is worth it: education is the only way to break the cycle of poverty in which the 5,000 strong community are trapped. The current school is a borrowed building which is terrible for learning: there's no glass in the windows, the desks are broken & the roof leaks during the 5 month rainy season. There is also no clean water or sanitation. Now they stand to lose even this, as the owners want the building back.
The school needs a classroom and a teacher's house. The parents already made 60,000 bricks themselves. And they are happy to provide labour for free too. But they can't afford building materials like cement, windows, doors and roofing materials
Once Simakakata has a school with teacher's houses the government will start to send trained teachers, guaranteeing the community good quality education on an ongoing basis.