Silatsha school is situated around 50kms from Chintsa and receive support from VA32 volunteers as often as possible, through building and maintenance of the school facilities, sports initiatives and computer literacy classes when possible.
Silatsha currently has five small classrooms in which to teach 8 classes of children from Grade R - 7. In 2010-11 VA32 worked with ISV volunteers to build their fifth classroom and 2013 marks the start of a sixth classroom.
Silatsha Schools New Classroom - Phase 1Volunteers undertook one of the most challenging phases of work to prepare the area and ground for building to commence. Work completed includes:
- Digging foundations (which was an extremely long and difficult job on REALLY hard ground!)
- Removing rubble and rocks from the ground
|A difficult job! The foundations and land clearing for the new classroom|
- Mixing and throwing the concrete for the foundations
|Delivery of sand for concrete mix|
|Mixing the concrete|
|Throwing the foundations!|
|Well done team! :)|
- Builing up as far as to two courses of blocks
- Backfilling (prepping the floor for the concrete slab to be thrown
As well as beginning this large project, volunteers also did some basic maintenance on the existing facilities which was much needed. These tasks included:
- Repairing the goal posts on the football field
- Repainting the burglar bars and gates
- Repairing and adding a new section to jungle gym
- Building three benches by the sports field for spectators and sports teams
We received a great reaction from members of the community in Silatsha village which was a real highlight to working there; local fathers of current or past kids of the school volunteered their building skills to help with the work and they were happy to just share their experiences and to work with no pay, just to be involved. Group four was also extremely hard working, motivated, enthusiastic and fun to work with. They left Chintsa on 5th July to explore Southern Africa on a well deserved adventure tour.
The new Silatsha classroom with be developed further this winter with two additional groups of volunteers working on the project. Completion is estimated for Summer 2014 when the classroom will open its doors to young learners of the village.
A huge thank you goes out to an awesome group of volunteers, to Silatsha school children and teachers for being so welcoming, to Silatsha community for their enthusiasm and help and to ISV for continuing to send enthusiastic volunteers to our community development projects.
Denver & April