It is pouring in Ghana … and I don’t mean it’s pouring “rain” like most of us are experiencing here in the US. What I mean is that it’s pouring cement. Yes, cement! Because the foundation for the Zeemboug school is being poured this month.
This will happen in Zeemboug soon! Workers with Building for Future Generations are using concrete blocks to solidify the base of the Piitanga school foundation.
We first heard about Zeemboug’s need for a primary school from the Yakote Women Farmers, one of our strategic partners. Right now, Zeemboug’s lower primary-aged students are using two crudely-built mud huts for their classrooms, and their upper primary students are studying “under the trees” outdoors.
To even begin construction on this school, however, we needed to raise 50 percent of its construction cost – approximately $20,000. And we are THRILLED to announce that not only have we raised 50 percent … we’ve raised 100 percent! Thanks to your generosity, a grant from the Yakote Women’s Farmers, and a legacy gift from the Beu family, Framework is able to completely fund the building of this four-classroom school.
And because of your support, it’s pouring cement!
This month, the foundation will be poured. And next month, the concrete walls will go up. All this before the rainy season sets in. The kids and community of Zeemboug are so excited!
This is what Zeemboug’s school will look like with the poured cement floor (Phase I) and the erected concrete walls (Phase II). This school represents Phase III – including finishing of the walls and built roof, which will happen next fall.
There is so much positive momentum happening in this rural village. Just last year, the Yakote Women’s Farmers dug wells for them to have fresh water. Now, the Ghanaian government is rebuilding an abandoned primary school that will have bathrooms, equipment storage, an administration room, and two classrooms. Because of this, we were able to change the footprint of our building from a three- room to a four-room classroom. For the first time in its history, Zeemboug will have a fully functioning six-room primary school!
All this is happening because we said “YES!” to the Zeemboug Primary School in northern Ghana. Thank you for investing in the lives of students in Zeemboug.
Yours in empowering Ghana’s youth,
Framework International Founder and Board Chair
P.S. We were able to fully fund this school, in large part, due to the generous legacy gift from the Beu family in honor of their beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Jack Eugene Beu. Education was key to Jack. His entire career was in service to others – professionally, as an elementary school teacher and school principal; in retirement, as a person always looking for opportunities to connect with those in need. We are honored that the Beu family chose Framework International as the recipient of this gift.