Last August Oakhill pupils, staff and parents travelled to Iquitos in Northern Peru as part of the Oakhill Peru Mission. A large part of our work was to assist with the reconstruction of a primary school in a very deprived area of the city. We were delighted to receive news recently that the school is now complete. The school is now named the ‘United Kingdom School’ as a tribute to the hard work and donations from the UK.
The school now accommodates around 500 pupils in 17 classrooms. These classrooms are now of permanent brick and concrete construction, having previously been made from salvaged wood and metal. They offer a much safer, cooler and more spacious environment for the children. The school now has proper toilet facilities, significantly improving sanitation and hygiene.
The Oakhill team worked each day on the project, offering assistance to the construction team by shovelling soil, sand and concrete, plastering walls, and digging trenches for new toilet facilities. The funding of the project came from all areas of the Oakhill community who supported charity events and made generous donations. We can be very proud of our contribution to greatly improve this desperately poor and deprived area, and in providing its people with a safer and more dignified place to grow and learn.