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CLT Inc., in partnership with New Life Community Church (NLCC) in Fair Oaks, CA, funded and constructed 3-classroom blocks and a library facility at the Sumaman Senior High School in Suma Ahenkro, Ghana. The facility was constructed at a cost of $25,000.
This project was embarked upon to assist by addressing some of the failing infrastructure issues and classroom overcrowding experienced at the school. Some classrooms, built for a student capacity of 40, had up to 100 students cramped in. Most of the school’s classroom buildings are in need of major structural repairs and, in some cases, some of the buildings need to be demolished and reconstructed to provide safe facilities for the students.
CLT Inc. staff and volunteers from NLCC traveled to Ghana in spring 2011 on a construction pre-planning trip. During this trip, our team visited and toured the School Campus, inspected a couple of proposed project site options to determine site feasibility for the construction of the new facility, and planned the logistics required for the successful execution of the project. The School Principal, the District Director of Education (Jaman North District), and the Chiefs/elders of the village took our staff on a tour of the school campus.
Our team, in consultation with school administrators, selected and agreed upon the project site for the new facility to be located. CLT Inc. selected and obtained bids from a local Ghanaian Contractor during this planning trip. The contractor began construction of the facility in May 2011. In August 2011, a team of 24, comprised of CLT staff and some volunteers from NLCC, traveled back to Ghana to assist with the final phase of the building construction. The facility was completed and handed over to the School Principal and the Deputy Regional Director of Education (Brong Ahafo Region) prior to the commencement of the fall 2011 semester.
The facility has provided much-needed room to help ease the over-crowding at the senior secondary school. Additionally, the facility has made it possible for school administrators to add courses to the school’s curriculum that previously were not part of the academic program.