15 June 2007 | Tanya Goodin

The final countdown!

Well, our week’s worth of work here is done now, and we did a pretty
good job if I do say so myself. We didn’t manage to get everything
done, but considering we started on site over 2 weeks behind schedule
(due to the weather), we made up a lot of ground.

The final status of all the jobs we had on our list is as follows:

  • All the repairing and replacing on the existing school got
    finished, incuding new window glass, new blackboards, whiteboards, pin
    boards and a few other bits and bobs as well
  • The building itself of the new classroom was complete, all windows
    fitted (though we ran low on putty towards the end!), paint applied,
    ceiling hung and floor laid. All that is needed now is some final
    cleaning, floor tiles to be laid and another coat of paint.
  • The Basketball court was completely finished and tested by the children at the end of the day
  • The Jungle Gym was completely finished and marked out with a safe layer of bark chippings
  • The wonderful mural was finished and just needs to be hung now
  • The site is 99 percent clear of rubble, so safe for the children to play on when the strike ends

As you will know if you’ve been keeping up with the TV coverage, the
teachers and children weren’t in school this week due to strike action,
but it was a wonderful site to behond when a group of neighbourhood
children came to test the Jungle Gym and Basketball court – there
wasn’t a dry eye in the house, though the rain may have helped!

The teachers and staff at Vuyani made us a delicious lunch of
traditional fair at one of their homes, and presented us with the
official school T-shirts for everybody there. They also performed some
brilliant traditional songs for us, which was really special for us

Whilst we didn’t finish everything we set out to achieve, it was
great news to hear that the guys from Cashbuild, who helped so much
with the project, are going back to the site with some of our Cape Town
staff next weekend to finish everything off, so the school should be
complete in our absense. The final countdown!

Tanya Goodin

Tanya Goodin

Founder of Tamar