The three Dogba School classrooms have been structurally finished and all are in daily use for teaching. The village children - pupils at the school - took responsibility with their parents and the headteacher for clearing the site of
building materials and creating attractive and dry learning spaces. The recent flooding did not enter the building though dugouts were used to ferry pupils to the school.
There remains only the essential plastering and painting of the structure to provide the best chance of sustaining its use for many years to come. Funding of £2000 is currently being sought for this purpose. Can you help please?
It is pleasing to report that following on from the charity's earlier support for children attending primary school within the community there has been significant progress in enabling orphan pupils to sustain an education programme.
We are extremely grateful for the financial support of all donors and in particular for the generosity of one couple who have made the Abopha Orphan Project their personal mission. This year there are 48 young people attending
secondary schools, 7 apprenticeships and for the first time 4 of the group are successfully enrolled at the University of Calavi-Abomey in Cotonou. It is intended to maintain and extend this programme.
During volunteer visits in 2011 it was realised that there were homeless orphan youngsters in the region and so the Abopha President and Committee decided to attempt to seek support for the building of a residential training centre in Affame. Land has been purchased and cleared and a plan drawn up for the proposed centre for, initially, around 20 young people. 5 of the committee have made a commitment to permanently staff the Centre. The training programme will include farming, carpentry, tailoring, the production of 'red oil' and computing.
In order to support the staff and provide a basic level of sustained income, volunteers will visit the community this summer and will be taking a tractor and farming implements, computers and bicycles to facilitate secondary school attendance. All considerations of making financial donations to this next development will be most welcome.
We aim also to continue and extend the programme of support for children with physical disabilities.