Update on ACTIV team's last operation in North Efate.
Following assessment work at Panganisu in North Efate last Tuesday, the team prepared its action plan to bring a school hosting 340+ kids back to operations. Reaching the school early afternoon Wednesday, the first action consisted in building a temporary shelter converted in class rooms for three sections sharing the 60 square meter tent. Since the instruction notice and part of the material were missing, it was a bit challenging but at the end of the day, combined efforts with local community allowed for the impossible. As the day reached its end, the team had also investigated power and water supply issues to fix as well as the material and tools required to re-build a temporary roof until final building is properly planned and starts within a few months time.
On the Thursday it was not less than two teams joining forces to re-build the school. As the men's club was focused on cleaning the bush area and trying to reclaim as much material such as timber, nails and iron straps as possible, the women's club handled the education side achieving a massive job in drying and sorting hundreds of school manuals and books and re-building/arranging the whole library.
Roofing started early afternoon with the reinforcement of the frame and replacement of missing and rotten parts of carpentry. Using the material delivered by Save the Children to cover the roof, the team managed to re-build a water/wind proof roof covering another 4 class rooms, allowing for most kids to come back to school by Monday next week.
Essential services were fixed, the solar panel electricity system was recovered with its iron frame. new concrete blocks were built and two broken panels removed and disconnected before the system was totally rebuilt by our team to provide lighting and power by the sunset time.
On the water side, two big water tanks of 10,000 litres each were re-connected to roof capturing system and field with clear water.
We were all amazed by the motivation of the local community and the work they undertook all day long, relentlessly hammering, cutting and climbing the roof to achieve this big challenge. You guys are hero.
By the night, the school was back in operating conditions, temporary fixed in the waiting for permanent solution to be provided.
I lack words to thank all our friends who put their hands in the dirt today to contribute, each of them in their own way, and support the locals. You guys rock.
Follow our actions in the field in our next report.
The ACTIV team
Panganisu school roof
Panganisu school electric system
Some happy volunteers!
Olivier from ACTIV in action...