Bwe Village Primary School
150 students - 4 teachers
Update November 2007:
Report from our representative in Yangon, Burma
"The school handing over ceremony was held on 22 Oct 07. The whole
village and students turned out in force for the ceremony. Representatives
s of the Education Ministry for the Bagan District and village elders
and administrative authorities for the village spoke. They profusely thanked
the donors ... and expressed joy and satisfaction in getting the school.
They said that the school benefits not only their village but also other
villages nearby -- as all the children (some as young as 5 years) can
attend this school without having to walk more than a mile to go to the
old school in the monastery. There are 150 primary school children attending
this school. The village promised to look after the maintenance and development
of necessary facilities.
The school was built according to the Ministry of Education directive
for primary school buildings in the area. 30' by 80'. The village treated
the guests with food. I did the consecration -- pouring of water while
the monks chanted sermons. As before, in my mind, I did it on your behalf
and the donors from Generosity in Action.
The cost is within the allotted budget of $8,000. In fact we asked the
village to take care of some items that need to be done. I remember the
budget was approved two years ago. During that time costs have skyrocketed,
but saving grace is that the dollar has appreciated in value against the
Kyat. We also did some stringent cost saving measures, like buying timber
and bricks from cheaper sources and asked the village to contribute more
in terms of labour and feeding carpenters and masons, etc. I must say
the village cooperated very well with us. This village subsits on cultivation
of groundnuts sesamum and other crops. Of course they cannot afford to
build a school building costing Ks one hundred lakhs. (Lakhs is generally
used here, one lakh is one hundred thousand.)"
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