socialwelfare - projects
NURUL HUDAA GETS by David Goodbody, Co-Director of ANZA Social Welfare photos by John Purnell There is always one more thing, isn’t there? Some readers may remember that ANZA Social Welfare, in conjunction with the Priscilla Hall Memorial Foundation (PHMF), was able to assist this school to complete a classroom extension project. They school is in Luar Batang, a fishing community near Sunda Kelapa. Several of the children at the school come from families that recently lost their homes as part of the land clearance in the area next to the old fish market (Pasar Ikan). Back in 2014 the school had added a second floor on to their building but had run out of money before they managed to put doors and windows on the new classrooms. They also could not afford to purchase the desks and chairs that they needed. ANZA and PHMF were pleased to help.
There was just one small problem – it turned out that the new classrooms leaked! The problem was that the building has a flat roof. This works well for school assembly, the weekly flag raising ceremony and other activities. But in Jakarta in rainy season the water was tending to pool in areas and seep through the concrete damaging the ceilings of the shiny new classrooms below. So off we went to PHMF again. After discussions with the headmaster and the ever supportive Pak Samiran, which were coordinated by ANZA volunteer, Claudia Matthews (we are really going to miss you Claudia!), it was agreed that in order to ensure a waterproof surface that could still be used by the children we would need to tile the whole area. So we did. The workers arranged for the surface to slope slightly to the edges so the rain water drains to the edges and when it was all finished they painted a Futsal court on it so the children now have a more waterproof school that they can play soccer on. ¿
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