The construction of the new Mangu High School was a fine example of what can achieved when a motivated, needy community can be matched with a suitable benefactor. The whole Mangu community was committed to the project from the outset. A committee was formed to plan and then oversee the work and funds were sent from the UK for the purchase of the materials. The first funds arrived in 2006 and work to prepare the site was soon underway. The workforce came almost exclusively from the community. A rota was established and men and women from the various clans within Mangu took turns to carry out the work; digging out foundations, fetching water, mixing concrete, making blocks, building etc. The work continued in phases as and when funds and the weather allowed.
By 2008, the shell of the school was complete and the classrooms were ready to receive their first students.
In 2009, Friends of Mangu recruited the services of a Norfolk based charity, HOPE, to help complete the project. A group of volunteers from their charity visited Mangu and, in the space of two weeks, installed electric lighting and power sockets and decorated all parts of the school. They followed this up with a consignment of school furniture and computers. The school has been so successful that the numbers of pupils has increased to a point where there is now a need for additional classrooms and teachers are looking for redeployment into the school, instead of out of it!
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