MAMA classrooms taking shape in Honiara!

On 21 May 2014, the MAMA team was thrilled to announce the details of our ninth project. The partnership with the Mercy School in Burns Creek, Honiara, will include the building of two new classroom buildings to accommodate a rapidly growing student population. Located in an underdeveloped settlement with limited access to basic services, the Mercy School provides free education to impoverished children, who otherwise would have no access to schooling.

MAMA launched the project in Canberra with a representative from Mercy School, Leigh Pirie.

Leigh (Large)

4 July 2014

Honiara firm Pacific Architects supplied the plans for the two classrooms.

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21 July 2014

Funding agreement between MAMA and Mercy School signed and finalised.

Chairman Dickson Koke signing the MAMA funding agreement. He is surrounded by fellow board members and building supervisor (L-R: James Qwauna, Joyce Boykin, Dickson Koke, Fred Kinata, Patteson Amos (Builder), Grace Rifasia and Hamuel Abeta)

Chairman Dickson Koke signing the MAMA funding agreement. He is surrounded by fellow board members and building supervisor
(L-R: James Qwauna, Joyce Boykin, Dickson Koke, Fred Kinata, Patteson Amos (Builder), Grace Rifasia and Hamuel Abeta)

 

Signing the Building Contract. (L to R: Leigh Pirie, Patteson Amos and Acting Head Teacher, James Qwauna)

Signing the Building Contract. (L to R: Leigh Pirie, Patteson Amos and Acting Head Teacher, James Qwauna)

22 August 2014

Year 5 and 6 students from Mercy School assisted with preparing the site for the building.

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One of the Year 6 students, Kevin, demonstrated remarkable commitment to the task, working solidly in high temperatures to get the job done.

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The students and teachers have also started working on the new sanitary block, including digging 2m-deep holes for the new dry pit toilets.

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4 September 2014

After the site was prepared and levelled, the foundations were laid and piers inserted ready for the bearers.

Mercy (4 Sep)

10 September 2014

The classroom structure commenced and the floor made ready to raise the walls.

Mercy Foundations

The construction crew working on the project: Philip Toside, Stephen Pafet, Mark Ata, Patteson Amos, Henly Anika, Gensis Suka, and Benjamin Waneta.

Mercy construction crew

12 September 2014

Starting to really take shape.

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1 October 2014

Framework complete and roofs installed.

Roof

8 October 2014

Roof is complete, with walls being fitted with fibro sheets.

Honiara outside

Honiara inside

22 October 2014

Classrooms are almost ready!

Mercy

31 October 2014

One of the Year 5 classes enjoying the new classrooms, looking forward to moving in after the shelving and joinery are finished. The children in this photo are also benefitting from a letter exchange with students from Gold Creek School in Canberra.

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