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A brand new school for Los Maranitos - that was our plan for 2020. Well, the year has been somewhat different than we could have imagined but we have kept our plan despite bad weather conditions on site and the Corona pandemic. This means we have some good news in spite of the challenges. Since August, work has been allowed to continue and our school building is taking shape!
The Dominican Republic redefines the term ‘bad weather’ compared with Germany, when it really rains everything stops. Earlier this year the rains were atrocious bringing all work on site to a halt and then the Corona epidemic dealt another blow to the school construction right into the summer.
The school rises, step by step
The desire of the project leaders to build the first ever school at Los Maranitos and provide the much needed education facility for the local children shone through. From August onwards, albeit on a limited basis in order to comply with all hygiene and clearance regulations, construction restarted. The team have completed the shell of the building and with the roof now completed, work can continue irrespective of the weather. The internal kitchen walls are complete and floor base is compacted ready for the concrete slab to be poured in December. Following that the walls will be completed using wood, which is far more sustainable than using concrete.
Where there is no building, there is planning
The build is proceeding at a slower pace than originally planned but the team are not down hearted. There is many things that need careful planning including the sanatory facilities and their location on site, evaluating the bid for the solar system and many other details. Wherever possible local suppliers are being contracted, often onsite, for the supply items such as, the sustainable bamboo furniture and fencing. Custom artwork commissions have been requested and subject to our final approval, a craftsman from the local town on Jarabacoa will receive the order.
The project team in the Dominican Republic are doing a great job in trying times and delivering this vital school to bring education to the local children. In Germany we are still keen to collect additional donations for the educational future for the children of Los Maranitos.
Please support us in reaching our goal - every Euro helps!