2021 – Build #9: Small London Junior High School
Just outside of the suburban area of Ghana's capital city, Accra, along the West African highway is the small farming village of Small London. When we first visited this village in 2010, Small London’s nearest school was over two miles away, and only a portion of the 150 or so school-aged kids in the area were able to attend it, as the journey was difficult, especially during the rainy season when their one dirt road was washed out. Eight years after Small London opened their Framework-built elementary school, the children who started then are about to graduate from seventh grade. But this leads to another new challenge: there is no junior high in their village. These families are facing a tough decision: do they pack up and move, so their child can receive a junior high education, or do they stay put, and their child will only have an elementary one? The students at Small London are just as enthusiastic about learning today, as they were when we first met them, probably more so. This village is desperate for more classrooms, and the Small London teachers and village chief have asked us if we would consider building them two classrooms to serve their, soon-to-be, junior high students. We are so thankful that we could say “yes!” to them. We can make this “dream” come true for a village that values an education for their children, and for children, who are so enthusiastic to learn!
# of rooms: two
Estimated number of students: 75