By Elaine Chagnon
Kafanchan Nursery/Primary School; Kafanchan Secondary School
We arrived at this first location- Kafanchan, the original school in the diocese. The first stop was in the original chapel, built in the 1930’s by missionaries. The building is currently used for an examination hall; however, the interior ceiling is on the verge of collapse, making the space currently unusable. Note the sag in the photo. The building is in need of an entirely new roof.
Also built in the 1930’s were the dormitories, one is shown in the photo. While many areas provide an education at the nursery/primary level, secondary schools are fewer and far between. If further education is desired, students often have to travel out of their immediate areas. As bussing is non-existent, students must board at the school. Many secondary schools offer boarding facilities. The dormitories at Kafanchan Secondary School were also constructed during the 1930’s. One of the dorms is shown in the photo. Students have beds in a common room; note the mosquito netting over the bed frames.
Students who board are provided with meals throughout the day. Food is prepared over an open fire in the kitchen, shown in the photo. A dedicated matron prepares the meals, rain or shine, and often in the intense heat. The Bishop would like to rebuild the kitchen; it is one of many initiatives raised by the building committee. While the diocese has utilized its meager funds well, there is simply not enough cash available to handle the ever-growing student population and need for repairs and expansion over seven schools.