By Sue Beaumont | International Volunteer Coordinator
The finished school
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the school repairs at Tsagnoria School. Through your donations and the help of the Swiss Embassy, Azafady has provided the students at Tsagnoria with a repaired classroom and latrine, as well as brand new benches for the students to sit on.
Before the project the classroom was in such a state of disrepair that it had become unusable. The roof was hanging dangerously over the students’ heads, the majority of the students had to study on the floor, and the constant leaks caused classes to be cancelled and schoolbooks to be destroyed. There latrines were also in a bad state of repair, with little privacy due to holes in the walls.
Now, thanks to the repairs that your donations have provided, the students can learn in a safe and comfortable environment. Lessons will now be able to take place during bad weather and school books can be stored without being damaged or destroyed by leaks. The new furniture includes 40 benches, tables and chairs for teachers, plus cupboards and bookcases. Students no longer have to study on the floor and the school’s resources will be kept safe. The new latrine will also be able to provide privacy and security to students and encourage them not to defecate in nearby bushes, improving hygiene, attendance and the local environment. Azafady’s Community Health team will support this by leading WASH education sessions, encouraging latrine use, hand washing and drinking clean water.
The headmaster, Patrice, said that he has wanted a new school for a long time, ever since the school became too wet to use; with no benches and a broken school the children could not do anything. Student Ania, aged 7, said that she will be pleased when the new school is finished and is happy to be going back to school.
Thank you again for everyone who contributed to save this school - your help will ensure that the children of Tsagnoria have a safe and happy atmosphere in which to study for their future.
Our team on the ground now have a work schedule in place, have sourced materials, and are ready to commence the renovation on the 11th July with completion in early August.
We have a group of enthusiastic volunteers eager to get started! Work will include; fitting a new roof, windows and doors; building a partition wall between the two classrooms; providing 40 new desks and benches and a blackboard; and repairing the school’s latrine block. These activities will create a safe and positive learning environment in which all students will have a desk to work at, and different classes will have separate classrooms to learn in. For more information see the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI_kIoOROtQ.
Thank you to all of you who have contributed to the Tsagnoria school project over the past two years. We are very happy to announce, that along with your donations and funding obtained from the Swiss Embassy in Antananarivo, we now have all the required funds to get the refurbishment underway. We could never have achieved this without your support!
We will keep you all updated with the progress of this project, and for the moment the work is scheduled to be started this coming summer.
Thank you all again for your continued support of both Tsagnoria School and Azafady.
Best wishes from all of us in the UK and Madagascar.
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