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2010 School Building Work Begins

teenagers bring wood
teenagers bring wood
In mid-January 2010, local teenagers in Dib Bahir helped carry timber to the new site of Empress Mentewab School.

The playgroup area has already been fenced and work is now underway to build a classroom for the Playgroup 1 three-year-olds. The 15 metres by 7.5 metres room is the first of nine such structures that will be built at the school site for children aged 3 to 11 (from nursery through infants to primary grade 5).

"We use a cheap, traditional construction method - timber frame, mud and straw rendering, corrugated-metal roof, concrete floor, and metal doors and window frames," says Kate. "We procure materials locally where possible, and we use local labour, providing employment for Dib Bahir's inhabitants."

The school will re-open on 13 September 2010.

To support the construction of classrooms and other buildings at the school (toilets, showers, kitchen, assembly hall, play village, paddling pool), please make a donation. For information on how to do this, see the GIVE section.