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In pictures - the Virdee school - raising the roof

We have an update from Bibangwa, DR Congo, where the Virdee School is really starting to take shape. The roof is working its way along the building and classroom desks are being made!

(All photos by Marcel Rukema, School Construction Project Manager for our Congolese partners, Eben-Ezer Ministry International.)

With DR Congo’s rainy season just starting, getting a roof on the school is a priority – This will allow for work to continue without interruption.

With DR Congo’s rainy season just starting, getting a roof on the school is a priority – this will allow construction to continue without interruption.

Window frames are in and render has started to go on the classroom walls.

Window frames are in and render has started to go on the classroom walls.

These smooth plastered walls will be painted, making classrooms as bright as possible in the absence of electrical lighting.

These smooth plastered walls will be painted, making classrooms as bright as possible in the absence of electrical lighting.

Cement work and plastering are water-thirsty processes. This reservoir was collected by Bibangwa’s parents.

Cement work and plastering are water-thirsty processes. We rely on Bibangwa’s parents to provide the school-build with a steady supply. 

Desks & benches. These are such an in improvement to what the children currently have (see photo below).

Desks & benches. These are such an in improvement to what the children currently have (see photo below). 

 

Bibangwa is far too remote to buy and transport desks to. Instead, they’re made on-site using local timber.

Bibangwa is far too remote to buy and transport desks to. Instead, they’re made on-site using local timber

Bibangwa’s children took the opportunity to have a proper explore of their future school…

Bibangwa’s children took the opportunity to have a proper explore of their future school…

… and gave their approval!

…and gave their approval!

This side of the six-classroom school will soon get its roof. Like the desks, the scaffolding is made using local timber. It would be too impractical and expensive to transport poles from the nearest city (a-22 hour round trip, involving six hours of hiking).

This side of the six-classroom school will soon get its roof. Like the desks, the scaffolding is made using local timber. It would be too impractical and expensive to transport poles from the nearest city (a 22- hour round trip, involving six hours of hiking).

Next steps

Once the roof is completed the focus will be on laying concrete floors in the classrooms and making the doors and windows (again done on-site using local timber). Photos to come as soon as we can!

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.