Waanki Gopo Community
Waanki Gopo is a remote village in the Oromia region in East Africa. The majority of the population work only to provide enough food for their family by growing and harvesting maize, sorghum or beans. Very few people are involved in trades. Most buildings are affected by termites, water is scarce and of poor quality and there is limited road infrastructure which makes it difficult to deliver basic resources for healthcare and farming.
We conducted a needs assessment in September 2012 to identify the needs of the Waanki Gopo community and Village school. The community identified five key challenges affecting the overall development:
Following the needs assessment, we scoped four projects:
- Waanki Gopo Road Project,
- School Building Project,
- Water and Sanitation Project,
- Child Scholarship Program.
The Road Project
In 2015, a bridge was constructed on the outskirts of the village which reduced a 27km journey by car from 3.5 hours to 1.5 hours. The bridge has had a direct impact on trade, the ability to receive healthcare and has assisted with getting materials into the village for the building project.
The School Building Project
The centre of our focus for Waanki Gopo is improving the access to quality basic education.
The village’s school has approximately 1,400 students and 24 teachers. On average, a child will walk 38 minutes to get to school and they will share their books between 2 other students.
In August 2015, construction began on building three new classrooms, two water supply points and a block of six toilets. All of the buildings are built using cement, steel and brick to make them immune from termites.
Right now, the foundations have been completed and the brick-work is well underway with the project scheduled to complete in February 2017.
Child Scholarship Program
The Village School Project also partners with individual students to provide scholarships. We currently support 37 kids. Here are a few stories:
What it has done for students and community
The Scholarship program has made a lasting positive impact on the community and its students. Since the program has been active teachers have observed a number of improvements which include:
- Reduction in dropout rates
- Regular school attendance
- Improved class participation
- Improved motivation
- Improved protocol (Sanitation, clothing and style)
- Improved follow up and improvement on doing homework and class work
$11/month can provide a child and their family with access to the education that they deserve.
The Village School Project is 100% volunteer based so you can be confident that your donation goes towards the needs of the community.
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