School Building Programme
The first community where we began working with PRDS was in Panikhali village. The building there was basic and comprised of a single large room with a mud floor and the building made from bamboo, fence walls and a straw roof. The building served us well initially but as time went on and student numbers increased we knew we needed to construct a new building to accommodate the large number of students. Construction of the new building began in late 2019 and continued at a great pace over the following months, the lower level was complete by early 2020 and the upper level then completed by June 2020. The building has four dedicates classrooms, library, office, student toilets, vocational training room, visitors room and a community meeting room. On an average day, 300 students will pass through the doors if our new building in Panikhali.
In the summer of 2017, we visited the community of Charadakatia located about 15km from our Panikhali Centre. We met with local stakeholders and they requested that we start an education programme to support their children. Another NGO had recently vacated a building that we acquired through the PRDS President and we decided to begin a programme here called Alor Disha. The building was in good condition but had a sheet asbestos roof that we replaced with a flat concrete roof. There are two classrooms in the building and as student numbers increased we knew we need to expand our building here. In late 2019 we began construction of a new upper level that will allow us to accommodate even more students now it’s complete. We next plan to once again expand the building by constructing two additional classrooms to the rear of the school. There are more than 300 students coming to the centre each day and we now plan to construct additional classrooms to the rear of the school.