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In pictures - building The Virdee School

Our colleague Marcel Rukema has just travelled back down from the South Kivu Plateau in DR Congo.  He made the 22-hour round trip to survey progress on the construction of the Virdee School in Bibangwa. He has brought some photos with him which you scroll through below. In short, things are going well!

The foundations for the new school have been completed – a significant stage in any construction process. A sign acknowledging the generous support of The Virdee Foundation stands next to the site of the future school.

The foundations for the new school have been completed – a significant stage in any construction process. A sign acknowledging the generous support of The Virdee Foundation stands next to the site of the future school.

Another view of the schools’ foundations, with Bibangwa’s old (current) school in the background.

Another view of the school's foundations, with Bibangwa’s old (current) school in the background. 

Duck Marcel! Soil flies as the ground works continue at a good pace.

Duck Marcel! Soil flies as the ground works continue at a good pace.

Mothers from Bibangwa and surrounding villages delivering building materials to the storeroom. They’ve each carried a bag of cement on their backs up from Marungu. That’s two and a half hours’ walk away.

Mothers from Bibangwa and surrounding villages delivering building materials to the storeroom. They’ve each carried a bag of cement on their backs up from Marungu. That’s a three hour walk away.

Inside the storeroom. At the time of taking this photo there were another 73 bags of cement to be carried up from the vehicle drop-off point in Marungu.

Inside the storeroom. At the time of taking this photo there were another 73 bags of cement to be carried up from the vehicle drop-off point in Marungu.

Bricks for the school are being fired on-site. This is one of the two kilns being used.

Bricks for the school are being fired on-site. This is one of the two kilns being used.

The community has collected firewood for the brick kilns – it’s not all that abundant on the Plateau.

The community has collected firewood for the brick kilns – it’s not all that abundant on the Plateau.

The community still still working hard collecting rocks, to be used in the school’s construction.

The community still still working hard collecting rocks, to be used in the school’s construction.

The girls of Bibangwa are happy with how work is progressing on their new school!

 

The girls of Bibangwa are happy with how work is progressing on their new school!

Raising the roof

Marcel should be heading back to Bibangwa within the next two months, this time to supervise the construction of the school's roof. We'll bring you an update as soon as the camera memory cards make their way down from the Plateau.

 

About The Virdee Foundation

Construction of Bibangwa's primary school is generously funded by The Virdee Foundation. If you’d like to learn more about their aims and other work that they have supported, please visit:

www.thevirdeefoundation.com.

 
  The Virdee Foundation