After our visit, Lotus School Foundation committed to sponsoring 100% of the rebuilding efforts for a new school. Our team worked with a local partner, Mrs. Nga Le Duong who is a part of a non-profit organization called Ket Noi Trai Tim to help supervise the construction process and ensuring that the project was completed on time and within budget. Ms. Duong provided LSF with weekly update reports and pictures of the construction development to guarantee the integrity and quality of the project.
The schools that LSF seeks to impact are typically located high and deep in the mountains, so transporting materials is a huge challenge and can be very costly.
In order to keep the cost economical, we worked with a local builder that employs corrugated aluminum as the external cladding for both roof and walls. Aluminum is easier to transport up the mountains and it’s one of the most energy efficient and sustainable construction materials. Aluminum also provides insulation and allows daylight and fresh air into the building. Most importantly, it helps protect the building from the fierce storms and harsh winter weather conditions.
The new school was efficiently built at the cost of 229,162,00 VND, which is approximately $9,800 USD. The cost covers five small classrooms to serve 65 children, two restrooms, a water basin, and a concrete surface for the playground. This project was definitely a community effort with parents and local villagers involved in the building process and volunteering to plant 100 trees around the school.