Sunday, May 22, 2011

Make a REAL difference!

PHOTO: A bright rainbow over GPS Matamaka.

We still have a long way to go to reach our goal to complete the GPS Matamaka School Infrastructure Upgrade. This is a joint partnership with the Peace Corps Partnership Program and people of Matamaka in Vava'u, Tonga. All donations are 100% tax-deductible to all US citizens/residents, but everyone from around the world can donate to the cause. The GPS Matamaka School Infrastructure Upgrade is an excellent way for you to help the children of Tonga. A detailed description of the project from the Peace Corps Partnership Program website is available below. On behalf of everyone in Peace Corps Tonga and Vava'u, thank you very much for your support. Donations are accepted online at:

School Infrastructure Upgrade

The principle goals for this project are to repair and improve the physical infrastructure of the Government Primary School (GPS) of a small outer island in Tonga. This small island GPS received substantial damage after Cyclone Rene ravaged through Tonga in February 2010. The project comprises of three components: the repair of the fall school wall, the production of outdoor benches, and the construction of a reinforced concrete shed.

The island's Parent Teachers Association (PTA), teaching staff and current Peace Corps Volunteer are working cohesively to ensure the long term sustainability of the proposed construction. Factors such as inclement weather, natural disaster, and maintenance have been factored into the construction. For example, the shed will be
assembled with reinforced concrete, versus tin roof siding material in order to sustain heavy winds and rain throughout the year. The PTA will be providing all of the cement, gravel, labor and transportation of all materials to the island, valued at $1,652.97 USD. The PCPP funds will cover the cement blocks, timber and other construction
materials valued at $2,781.70 USD.

Upon completion of the fallen school wall, a special mural will be created to honor all those who helped make the School's Project a reality. Each donor will have a special cement block commemorated on their behalf with their home country flag. The Primary School has an active Postcard Project with participants in over 50 countries. Photos of the finished cement blocks, benches and shed shall be made available via the PCV's personal Blog.

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