RENOVATING SCHOOL ROOMS
Whenever possible, WE Charity renovates existing educational structures as part of its commitment to preserving local culture and honouring the founding contributions of the local community.
The structures that WE Charity renovates reflect each community’s collective investment in education. These schools or school rooms are built through a community ‘harambee’ where community members come together and contribute in any way possible including financial contributions, building material, and physical labour to improve the community. In a few instances, a local donor, elected representative or local business also provides the funds to build the initial school or school room structure.
WE Charity respects these community efforts, which demonstrate their commitment to education. WE Charity becomes involved when the structures require repairs and renovations. Renovations often include structural and foundation repairs, walling and floor rebuilding or repairs, roof rebuilding or repairs and the provision of educational infrastructure including new desks, chairs, and blackboards to ensure a conducive environment for children to learn.
Renovations are an investment in a community’s local culture as well as education. Sometimes it is more expensive to renovate an existing structure than it would be to knock it down and build a new structure, but WE Charity believes the investment in renovation is warranted to respect the contributions of the local community.
The impact of schools or school rooms renovations is often stark. For example, in Pimbiniet High School, classrooms were originally built through funding from a Community Development project. Over time, these classrooms needed substantial renovations. WE Charity took on the necessary renovations and repairs, freeing the community to invest its resources instead into full, four-year academic scholarships for ten students.