Rotary Club lends helping hand to Aleisa Primary School

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene ,

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Principal Vaele Ruta To’afa and Mayor of Aleisa Siitagata Hunt with the Rotary Volunteer Team from Australia.

Principal Vaele Ruta To’afa and Mayor of Aleisa Siitagata Hunt with the Rotary Volunteer Team from Australia.

During the past 10 days, a visiting group of Rotarians from Sunnybank, Brisbane, have been renovating the Aleisa Primary school. Yesterday a handover ceremony was conducted.

The project is not fully complete yet, however phase one has finished.

The work done has transformed the school and the village community has rallied around and assisted with this project.  

According to a member of the Group, Joseph Forgone, there are two phases of the project.

 “We came here last August to have a look at the school and we noticed that there’s work that needs to be done there in that building,” he said.

“We then came here two weeks ago and we started working on the building, so now there’s new timber, linings, painting and much more that we have worked on.

“The project is all volunteered and all the materials are donated.”

Principal of the Aleisa Primary School, Vaele Ruta To’afa said the building includes four classrooms and the Principal’s Office.

Students of Aleisa Primary School during the handover ceremony.
Students of Aleisa Primary School during the handover ceremony.

“The building is an old building, we weren’t using it because it was not safe for the students,” she said.

“So the group from Sunnybank were only working on phase one of the project, which includes the actual building and the inside of the classrooms.

“But the next phase, another group will be here to finish the project up because the volunteers had to go back to work and their families.

“That building was used by Year 7 and Year 8 many years ago, but we have decided that once it’s completed, we will move the young students there to use that building and move the older students here because it is closer to the staff room.

“So the next group will work on the roofing, the toilet tanks and the water tank and then the whole project will be completed.

“But we are grateful to this group for their hard work. We didn’t spend any money on the building because everything was provided by them.

“All of this work is for the benefit of the students because we want them to feel safe and be able to learn in a safe and clean environment, so today (yesterday) we say goodbye to the group from Sunnybank and acknowledge all their work.”

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