Update about projects
In June 2007, the building where the school was operating had reached such a state of disrepair that the school was temporarily closed. The children have now been relocated to a nearby building, but the facilities there are desperately inadequate, with no dormitory facilities, for instance. Due to the nomadic nature of the children’s families, dormitory facilities are absolutely essential.
We are currently working very hard to build emergency school facilities so that the children, now returned to study after holidays, can continue to study at the school. It would be a great pity if the school had to cease operating.
We have been given some funding for the rebuilding of the school from the Lonely Planet Foundation, and this will assist us in rebuilding, but we need more money urgently.
Architects Without Frontiers (Australia) are providing practical assistance and design expertise to aid with the rebuilding, and we are proud to be part of their exhibition at Customs House in Sydney in August 2007.
NTF also needs to rebuild the clinic, as it is inadequate (both in size and in condition) in terms of meeting the needs of the local people in its current condition.
We urgently need money to assist with the rebuilding of both facilities, but particularly in relation to the school given that the previous facility has been closed down.