Rebuilding the Airfield School

 

Setting: Volta Region, near Ho along  the busy Lome Road. 6 acres of flat land.

Scope of Project:: 8 classrooms plus office and meeting room, Sanitation facility  with squatting toilets flushed with harvested rain water.

Current Status: Completed March 2010! Our next goal is to work with government officials to see that the school is properly furnished, electricity is provided, and to get children on the meal program. We would also like to work towards shelving and books for a library.

Trees: Shade and fruit trees were planted in 2007 and more in 2010

Cost of Project: $52,000

About the School:


The Air Field School was established in 1990 as a community school and is under the care of the Ministry of Education. It serves about 5 surrounding villages namely Agbokorpe, Mefikorpe, Xedzrokorpe, Klomakorpe, Duncankorpe and Andokorpe.“Korpe” in Ewe means village  and each of these villages were named after the first person to settle there as has been the case of most villages in Ghana.

Students walk between 2 to 5 km to come to school. Parents are mostly peasant farmers and there is a Fulani population that raise cattle.

Classes include Nursery to Primary 5. There is a desire to add JHS classes.

All the teachers reside in Ho and have to take commercial cars to and from school as there are no suitable accommodations nearby. Requests have been made to add faculty housing on the school property.

The children and community of Airfield are thrilled with their new school!

School population: 150 pupils from five surrounding villages.
Parent involvement: PTA – supplied unskilled labor.
Government Commitment: The government donated 10 bags of cement. We have agreed to furnish the school and get experienced and dedicated teachers on staff.


Funding for this project was made largely possible by students and teachers from the Boston, NY and Philadelphia areas and friends and family of Shifra Raz and Benny Rubinstein.

 

Shelby Kay Fantozzi writes about her impression upon meeting the children

All around me were beautiful, smiling faces. I asked, “What should we talk about next?” They all wanted to know about my braces, then my nail polish, then the beads I wore. Then, who was my father, and who was my mother? Where did I live? Where did I go to school? I gladly told them everything I could think of about my family, my school, and my town. They nodded in a way that made me unsure if they understood. I chose to believe they did, and smiled and laughed with them as we joked and talked. I’ve never heard a laugh clearer or more joyful. All of the things we said and did amused each other and faces all around stretched into wide smiles.

Community by Community, Child by Child – You Can Make a Difference.