Thursday, March 14, 2013

P-13 Fees

The Solomon Islands do not have free education.  Each student's tuition must be paid by their families or they cannot attend school.  The people are very poor and many many children do not attend school.  A generous donor has provided school tuition funds for children here who are active and faithful in the Church.  Parents are required to pay as much as they can, so that they will have an investment in  their children's education, and the donor will pay the remainder.  In 2012 and again in 2013 we had the blessing to see that these funds were paid to the schools.  We have just completed the assignment for 2013 of visiting 18 schools and delivering the fees for 70 students.  We feel privileged and blessed to be a part of this process.

The path to Mbua Valley School is carved into the mountain.
Very good balance is required to go up or down these "stairs".

Steps to Shamma School.  These are concrete, but no two are the same rise or run.
One step may be 3 inches high and the next 14 inches high


Panatina School requires two sets of steps, no physical education class required here!

Most of the schools are located on top of the mountain, or at the bottom of a gully.  POURING rain and deep mud, were obstacles faced and overcome.  It's a blessing we have the 4x4 Land Cruiser or we could never have completed this work.


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