Because Aframano is isolated, the villagers have also asked for a small building to accommodate teachers who stay in the village during the week, and return home at weekends. This will help attract better teachers who are able to spend more time teaching without worrying about facing an arduous and long journey each evening.
There is already a small building with four rooms for teacher accommodation. The rooms are very basic: they have some bedding on the floor, a chair or two, and a makeshift curtain covering the window opening. Two teachers share a room, so currently there is space for eight teachers.
We hope to double the size of the accommodation. The rooms we build will be similar in style, accommodating two teachers per room. We will build to a better standard: there will be shutters that can be closed on the window, and we will also equip the existing rooms with nicer bedding. If we have money left over, we will also improve the quality of the existing rooms.
We are fundraising £18,000 for the pre-school and the teacher accommodation during 2021. We estimate that the pre-school building can be built for about £12000, and the teacher accommodation will cost £6000. We hope to have enough funds to commission the work in the Autumn. All the money we receive will be spent directly on contractor costs (materials and labour) for completing the building work (our admin costs, such as accountancy, web hosting, bank charges, etc., are funded by personal contributions by the trustees). Additionally, if your donation is less than £1000, then Mark Ryan will match-fund it (i.e. contribute the same amount of his own money), until his personal donation reaches £5000.