Our first project rebuilt a crumbling stick framed school into a durable six classroom cement structure. The school now provides a safe and sheltered environment for over 750 children from around the booming community of Amonfro, Ghana. Drawing on international funding and local talents, the project was successfully completed for a mere $20,000 USD. As an added bonus the construction of the Amonfro Primary School created over 50 jobs over the course of 24 months. The increase in the number of classrooms has also ensured space for 4-5 new educational positions. More importantly the provision of a stable structure and workable teaching conditions has decreased the turnover of the highly valued staff.
Small London Project
Just outside the suburban area of the capital city, Accra, along the West African Highway we discovered a small unpaved road heading north towards a farming village called Small London. This is the location of Framework International’s current school project.
The need for a school was immediately apparent. The closest school is over 2 miles away and only a portion of the 150 or so school age population, in this and the surrounding two villages, is able to attend school. The distance is even more difficult to travel when the one dirt road is washed out during Ghana’s rainy seasons. Each time we visited the village there were throngs of kids who were very excited at the prospect of being able to go to school. It was also clear that it is more difficult for girls of the village to be away from the home for a full day as they are expected to help take care of the domestic duties. Therefore, the new school is especially important and provides more opportunity for their education because they will be able to return home in short notice when needed.
Only a few days after beginning our hunt for a new project, we sat down with the chief and the elders of the Small London village to seal the deal on building a 6 room school adjacent to the village which can educate from 180 to 360 area children. We broke ground two days later and construction is proceeding steadily and the school is on track to open in May for the beginning of the new semester.
picture of the groundbreaking ceremony at the Small London site