The school’s headmaster, Peter Genda, showed me a new two room building that has been renovated with the help of the donated materials. The project is well on its way to completion – crucially, I was there immediately after extremely heavy rains and the new roof had kept the interior completely dry. The main job yet to be done is finishing the floor in the two rooms – a classroom and an office. The school hopes to have this completed in the next few months.
The new space is much needed. The primary school has upwards of 600 pupils enrolled and its seven existing class rooms are crammed. There are still significant repairs and building work to be done – the school estimates that it needs an additional five classrooms to operate comfortably – and we hope to continue working with Mangola Juu in the future. The school is around 3km from Blackburn and many of its pupils’ parents work on the estate.
Below are some photos I took on my visit (click to enlarge), and also a short clip of the song that the entire school performed for me! I was very moved by the warm welcome that I was given – a massive thank you to both the school and Michael for arranging my visit.