In the village of Largo there are about 450 people. There are 35 houses and only one toilet - which is just an outhouse. There is no electricity and no running water. Water comes from a well - and people have to walk to get their water. There are 169 children - 112 of the children are grades 1-6. There are no public schools for the children to go to - so the villages have to create them. The closest school is 3 miles away. This is too long of a walk for the elementary children.
In 2014 the students of Aiken High School raised $5000 to help build the children a school. Their previous building was bamboo and banna leaves – and it would blow down. They did not have places to sit and the students did not have supplies. The teachers did receive a salary but were paid in rice and vegetables.
Today there is a building – and we raised the money to give the students benches. We have raised the tuition for the students – which is about $5 per student per year. This tuition pays the teachers who now receive a salary. We have been shipping supplies – and we collected 500 books to send to the children for a library for the school. In our last shipment, we made sure that every student had a notebook and a pencil.
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Right now with the current Ebola crisis – after having survived a 10 year civil war – the people are depressed. There is so much fear and uncertainty. This is a way to help by giving hope – showing them that there is a future and there will be a brighter tomorrow.