Nhlengelo Primary School

Nhlengelo Primary School

Past and present, built for the future. The existing Nhlengelo school building (right) was not only too small to serve the children of the region, but it also lacked water and electricity. The new facility (left), built by ARC, provides for the community’s needs and offers opportunities for future growth and development.

Nhlengelo Primary School

Past and present, built for the future. The existing Nhlengelo school building (right) was not only too small to serve the children of the region, but it also lacked water and electricity. The new facility (left), built by ARC, provides for the community’s needs and offers opportunities for future growth and development.

The community of White City approached ARC founders about their desperate need for a new primary school. The closest school was 5 miles away and grossly overcrowded. Parents and community leaders formed a steering committee to look for solutions. Initially they pooled resources and came together to construct a building with two classrooms. The problem was that there was no electricity, no water and three classes of students—one of which was holding class under a tree.

Working in partnership with the Department of Education, the community and the Mnisi Tribal Office, ARC developed a plan, raised the funds, hired a builder and oversaw the construction of a new school. Phase One of this project was completed in four months—on budget and on time—for the start of the new school year in January 2013.

ARC is completing fundraising for Phase 2 of the Nhlengelo Primary School, which includes a second classroom building, a playground and structural renovation of the original building. Phase 2 will be completed in 2013 to be ready for the 2014 school year.

Phase 3 of the project, planned for 2014, includes the construction of a library/computer lab and an administration building.

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