Phase one of Graceland International School saw the delivery of building materials, such as stone, sand and wood for the scaffolding. These items were delivered by truck and unusually, for us in the west, by camels. Once these materials were on site and laborers hired, the work of marking out the footprint of the first building was undertaken. The school committee has purchased their own concrete-block making machine. They made and stockpiled blocks in readiness for the building. Once the trenches for the foundations were dug and the foundations completed, the work of erecting the walls started.
Before long the walls were up. All was soon ready to begin the second floor.
Our first project is in Zamfara State in north west corner of Nigeria. The economy of Zamfara State is principally agricultural, and the educational opportunities are limited.
Our partners in Gusau are men and women of vision and dedication. Their vision includes providing a co-educational, non-discriminatory learning experience of high academic standard, open to all children regardless of ethnic or religious background. Named Graceland International School, the plan for this project is to accommodate up to approximately 500 children at both the primary and secondary levels.