Ban Pyin Village is an on-land village in Inle of 49 households made up of 128 men and 116 women. There were 28 children attending primary school and 14 children attending preschool in the old facility. The village urgently needed a new school due to serious damaged to the old building by termites and the weather. The old school had an inadequate old toilet of bamboo wall cover and thatch roof. After four years, the village had raised money that when combined with the help from GCSF and University of Virginia, could help build a new school with a solid foundation and proper roof.
This project fulfills the GCSF mission of increasing access to education by providing a community with a school building they would not have otherwise had. This new school building had seven rooms, six for classes and one teachers office. In addition to educating the children of Ban Pyin, the school can accommodate up to 20 children from neighboring villages.
At GCSF, we focus on health as well as education. That’s why the building has a functioning toilet and our partners at University of Virginia School of Nursing have sent nurses and medical professionals to the school to provide medical assistance and trainings.
The community not only identified a need for this school, but has taken ownership for the project and have a method for raising money to contribute to its future maintenance.