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Project Africa school opens

Nov 16th, 2012 | Category: Campus News

Children of Kessana, Africa hold a plaque in front of their newly built school that reads: “The school was built by Project Africa, an organization formed by the joint efforts of faculty, staff, and students of the University of the Incarnate Word, located in San Antonio, TX, USA.”

Project Africa, a student organization that raised $32,000 to build a school in Kessana, Mali, Africa, received an exciting report from their partner BuildOn, a nonprofit organization that builds schools in developing countries, that they officially broke ground on the school March 9, 2012. Now construction is finished and children are attending the school.

Completed in June 2012, the school consists of three classrooms built with cinderblocks, metal roofing and a poured concrete foundation. The first BuildOn school block in Kessana was built in 2007 and some of the older dilapidated mud rooms were still in use due to the need for accommodating facilities. The new school helps make it possible for all 203 students enrolled in grades one through six in Kessana to attend classes in a safe, dry classroom.