Collaboration at Boys Town
Today was a blessing!!! On what was Teacher’s Day, the foundation teamed up with the US Embassy’s consular section and attacked two major projects at Boys Town All Age School. Also teaming in today’s projects were the hardworking teachers of the school, students and members of the school board Mr. Trevor Spence and Mr. Junior Lincoln. We were privileged to also have the support and participation from members of the police force.
One project was to clear out an area on the grounds that was overgrown with bushes and old school furniture. This area will be transformed into a school farming project which will support agricultural activities, such as, planting vegetables and ground provision to augment the schools’ nutrition program. In that same section, the students are in charge of raising chickens. The cleanup of the area allows the school to expand their program for two reasons; 1. To help the students learn the importance of agriculture, and 2. To use the food grown to help make sure that each student will have a chance to eat breakfast and/or lunch during the day.
The second project that was taken on was to clear out a storage room over at the Boys’ Town Foot Ball club and make it into an Industrial Works and Carpentry shop. This work shop will be used to train youths, whether they attend Boys Town All Age or not, the fine skills of wood work, electrical installation and welding. As with the other project, this too had double importance; 1. By involving the students to do the clean up and ‘supervise’ the clean up, they learned the importance of ownership, responsibility and teamwork. 2. To create a space where members of the community could learn a profitable skill that will enable them to generate income including becoming entrepreneurs.
The volunteers from the US embassy were priceless. It was hard work and I’m telling you, the volunteers did not disappoint. Everyone was getting down and dirty to make sure that the projects would be finished by midday. There were so many hands in the projects that the physical work ended at around 10:30AM, allowing us to gather the students for a nice ‘reasoning’ session. As the saying goes “Many hands make work light”.
Please take a look at some of the pictures below as we try to capture the day’s energy.