While visiting our projects we heard of a fire at a local school – EP Technical Vocational Institute in Alavanyo Kpeme.
Thankfully the students were on vacation at the time so no one was hurt. But one of the dormitories was badly affected. Before the boys went on holiday they put all of their possessions into boxes, along with their mattress, and piled them into the dormitory for safe keeping.
An electrical fault led to the dormitory burning down
Schools are free in Ghana but students must bring their own mattresses, school uniform, books, etc. All of these have been burnt in the fire – only a few bits and pieces are salvagable.
The boys in this dormitory are second & third years (aged 15-17.) If they cannot replace their belongings they will be unable to return to school and finish their education.
The school have completed an immediate needs assessment and found that 195 mattresses are needed for the boys.
Each mattress costs the equivalent of £31.04
The school reached out to us, and other local NGOs to support. So far we have bought & delivered eight mattresses so eight boys now have a bed to sleep on. We would love to be able to replace more mattresses as soon as possible to help the students get back to their studies.
If you would like to help then please donate today https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dormitoryfire
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