01 Our Plan
We think our initial cost estimate of $60,000 is low, but when we raise this money it will go a long way to making the basic improvements.
As a first order of business, we’re anxious to have a U.S. contractor make a full assessment and an estimate of the actual cost of doing all that is needed. Making arrangements for a contractor to help us is in the talking stage now. Whereas the overall supervision of the project will be carried out by our contractor, most of the labor will be supplied by local workers; our contractor will work in conjunction with material suppliers in Labasa, Fiji whom we have already contacted.
So based on our first general assessment, we plan to do the following:
- Renovate the main school building; the doors and windows will be replaced; the entire building will be repainted; the narrow sidewalk running along the length of the building will be replaced with a four foot wide elevated wooden walkway so the school is safe for children coming in and out of the rooms. If this walkway is not feasible, new and much wider stairs will be constructed.
- We will add two new, large water tanks and redesign the school water system, by putting all 6 water tanks above the school on the hillside with proper plumbing. Gravity will provide the necessary water pressure. We’re holding our breath, hoping we can perhaps tap into a spring or a better source for water. This would be costly, but would assure a more consistent source of water.
- Complete renovation of the teacher living quarters; a complete makeover—new doors, screens on windows, indoor walls replaced, new laminate flooring, baseboards, plumbing in order to provide water—shower, sink, flushing toilets. The small building needs to be completely painted.
- Construct two small, freestanding classrooms (one for computer training) and one for advanced student learning.
- Eight Whiteboards will be purchased and installed (two for each classroom). New blackboards will be installed, again two for each room.
- Each room needs new chairs, desks and bookcases. (4 bookcases per room x 4 = 16 bookcases. 90 new desks / chairs. 4 teacher desks and chairs.
- The teacher’s office and library are woefully inadequate and need remodeling, paint, 10 bookshelves and cabinets.
- An electrical power source will be engineered perhaps through solar power or gas power.
- Renovation of the head teacher’s home.
In addition to improving the buildings and grounds, there is much else that we can do—hygiene kits, school kits, school uniforms, dental care, book satchels, backpacks, etc., etc. I’m working with an Elementary School in the U.S. as a possible sister school—giving local children here an opportunity to help with pencils, pens, paper, etc.
02 How can I Help?
We need money to do just the minimal work to make the place a functioning school for the wonderful teachers who live at the facility and for the students who attend the school.
So, the Millstone Initiative goal is to raise $50,000 to bring the school up to a minimal standard for the teachers and the students. I’m appealing to you, my friends and family, to give generously to help. We’ll gladly accept a donation of $100 dollars but, hopefully, you can see your way clear to donate $500, $1000, $5000, $10,000 or more. Our goal is to raise the $50,000 by 1 November, 2017.
Importantly, you can be assured that 100% of the money donated will be used for the project. In other words, there are no “overhead” or “administrative” costs. We are working also to obtain a tax number so that all contributions will be tax deductible.
And we are aware of humanitarian efforts by many corporations and entities which can possibly help. We are planning to contact such agencies as doTerra International; LDS Charities (already contacted); Humanitarian EFY, etc.
You can donate by clicking the buttons above or you can send checks to:
c/o Wayne Shute
P.O. Box 307
St. George, Utah 84771
1 435 668-2630