Two Livingstone community interns, Shelby and Liana, have been inspired to raise money for Maunga School since they began assisting with teaching there. They initially wanted to generate funds for new desks and sports equipment but, noticing how dirty and dull the walls were, they also felt the urge to paint! Shelby and Liana launched two fundraising websites; one in the UK and the other in the US and then send the links to everyone they knew, hoping for the best. Friends and family rallied round and helped to raise an amazing GB£ 1,678/US$ 2,824. The next step was to venture into town to buy a LOT of paint; bright blue for the bottom of the walls and white on top to brighten up the learning environment for the children.
Last Saturday, the interns ‘borrowed’ eight volunteers from Lion Encounter to set to work painting…and painting…and painting. Altogether there were five classrooms to decorate, plus the new preschool building. Although there was a lot of work involved, the day was also a lot of fun, with help from the local community and of course the Maunga schoolchildren. After three days of hard work, only two rooms are currently finished. The job is going to take a lot longer than expected, but will definitely be worth it. Already the school is looking so much better.
Funds are still available for the sports equipment, but Shelby and Liana are now working hard to raise more money to purchase new desks. Although they will be sad to say goodbye to the students when the time comes for them to return home, both interns are very happy to know that they will be leaving behind a better learning environment for the whole school.
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