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.
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