Posted on March 18, 2015
We just learned from Robert, our Aserela field coordinator in South Sudan, that the corrugated iron sheet, which is used for roofing, has dropped in price by about a third (due to the current strength of the American dollar). ASERELA can now buy 1 sheet of roofing for $20USD versus $30USD. We're so grateful for our early contributions. Robert said that if we get to the $1000 level and can forward on that money, that will be an adequate starting amount to hire a truck to do a run to Ugandan for the first load of roof materials.
More good news! The parents of the school children have come together and said if that first purchase happens soon, they also will make a financial contribution of what they can toward roof trusswork lumber. (For us here in the United States, it is hard to imagine they have much to chip in since average wages are under $2 per day. But their eagerness to have a dry school for their young children is resolute, and this certainly shows the wonderful spirit of all the commuity behind the school construction in the village.