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Karibuni our new dorm!

Charlotte Bourdillon | PostedMay 24th, 2011 | Africa

For weeks all the staff have been inundated with questions. “Teacher, what day will we move into that building? Have you seen isn’t it beautiful?”

Today, the waiting came to an end. I wanted to just quickly share a few photos especially for those of you who have been fundraising for and worrying about and anticipating the building for months now.

a pupil shows off the new dormitory
a pupil shows off the new dormitory

The campus was abuzz with hyperactive excitement. Even at 6:30 pm the pupils wanted nothing to do with dinner or evening preps --they just wanted to be inside their dormitory.
The campus was abuzz with hyperactive excitement. Even at 6:30 pm the pupils wanted nothing to do with dinner or evening preps --they just wanted to be inside their dormitory.

Making the beds with special care.
Making the beds with special care.

The building isn’t entirely finished, and a little work is still taking place to make the top half inhabitable, but we decided to move the girls into the bottom half anyway. And from the looks on thier faces they won’t mind being a wee bit crammed for a week or two.

Girls moving into the new dormitory
Girls moving into the new dormitory

pupil with her luggage
pupil with her luggage

pupils work together to move their bunkbeds
pupils work together to move their bunkbeds

Class 5 and 6 enjoying the new rooms
Class 5 and 6 enjoying the new rooms

Leah holding her mattress
Leah holding her mattress

6 Responses to “Karibuni our new dorm!”

  1. sara mccracken says:

    the photos are just brilliant. I cannot help but smile as I looked at them yet again.It is impossible not to share in their enthusiasm. Thank you for helping them see the world with optimism and hope.

  2. Pegah says:

    I’m so happy for you Charlotte! Finally being able to see the fruit of all of your and the organizations hard work, and the look the children’s faces must be so rewarding. I’m so happy to see that everything is finally coming together, it’s truly inspirational.

  3. John says:

    Great to see these kids so excited for the power of education. I hope they take full advantage of the opportunity, and realize the sky is the limit. Congrats on the completion of this project, with, I’m sure, many more to come.

  4. Write this up into an ebook or something… this stuff is Gold!

  5. iain says:

    This is very cool! As you write, this is the culmination of a lot of hard and dedicated work. You capture it perfectly!

  6. To think that not so long ago, these girls were living in impoverished conditions, ignored by their teachers, with most of their lives consisting of doing chores with not a thought to themselves nor their futures. Today they are thriving in a unique school dedicated to girls, where they are thrilled to be learning and finding their own dreams. Thank you, Charlotte, for capturing these precious moments of joy!

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