In the ongoing quest to help those in need, the Calvin Ayre Foundation took the initiative in 2005 by adopting a school and transforming it step by step into a vastly improved educational facility. With this, the Adopt a School program, the CAF has made a lifelong commitment to a school that will benefit from the Foundation’s financial aid. This commitment, characteristic of all of the Foundation’s projects, was sealed the very moment that the school was chosen.
Picking Out the Beneficiary School
At the request of the Calvin Ayre Foundation, the Ministry of Education provided a list of extremely poor schools. The Ãngel Calderon School School was one of these schools. It is located in Grecia, and tends to 86 students, all from low-income families. Some of the school’s most urgent requirements were to be able to supply the school cafeteria with enough food for all the children, to have larger classrooms that would adequately accommodate the students, and to provide an appropriate and safe area for the children to play during recess.
Although many nearby schools faced similar needs, the infrastructure at the Rafael Ãngel Calderon School was the weakest, and the students’ poor diets were affecting their ability to concentrate during class. Some children had even fainted from dehydration, since the school is located in a very hot area.
Hands to Work:
As is customary, once the beneficiary school was picked out, the Calvin AyreFoundation drew up a schedule of activities for documenting and reporting on the progress.
The first scheduled improvements were:
The painting and refurbishment of the kitchen. This refurbishment practically meant building an entirely new kitchen. The Foundation donated new appliances and a new floor, and built appropriate storage cupboards for large quantities of foods. The entire layout of the kitchen was also rearranged.
The repair of the school’s electrical system, including exposed cables. Another improvement made was the solution found for the storage of the kitchen’s gas cylinder, which had been kept dangerously within the reach of children.