The Bathabile School's “green classroom” is gathering interest and support from near and far. The rains have slowed progress and project manager Niko Knigge from Doornrandje has had to juggle labour and working times, plus contend with theft of material. The floor was thrown on Monday 22 February so the structure is ready for its roof and the strawbale walls.
Niko arranged a Film in the Veld fundraising evening recently and the crowd of visitors was most generous in their donations. A group visited the school to view progress and those who had joined the adobe brick-making workshop the previous week proudly showed their handiwork.
The floor of the green classroom is completed
More support is needed – “Give a Strawbale”! Each “bale” donated is worth R25 and your name will go on a brick on Niko's drawing of the schoolroom. Donations can be made to the Rhenosterspruit Conservancy, FNB Fourways (Current Account), Branch code 251 655 and Acc No 620 926 378 79. Put Your name/Straw in the reference line so we know who to thank!
Doornrandje and Laezonia will soon have a local depot to recycle their glass. After lengthy negotiations the Glass Recycling Company has allocated a bottle bank to Bathabile School for the collection of glass. The site is ready and all that's needed now is the actual bottle bank. VeldTalk will let all know when it has arrived. Efforts are being made to set up a system at Bathabile for the collection of paper, metal and plastic as well.