Frequently Asked Questions
Our first school in 2007 cost just under $25,000, with $14,000 of that going to cement, sand, and gravel. Rising materials prices have pushed the cost up to around $35,000 for a two-room 1000 sq ft school.
- $3000 will purchase all the materials for the roof of one school.
- $1200 will buy all 2000 concrete blocks necessary for an entire school.
- $700 will build one new latrine.
- $300 will pay the monthly salary of one of our two on-site supervisors/builders.
- $40 will buy the concrete sink the children use to wash their hands.
- $9 will buy one bag of cement. 1500 bags of cement are required for one school.
In developing countries, scarce resources drastically limit the opportunities available to most people to achieve literacy and basic education. The repercussions of this lack of education are felt through every level of affected societies and perpetuate cultures of political disenfranchisement, cultural isolation, and stagnant economic development.
Rural communities commonly suffer from the greatest economic privation and consequently are the slowest to overcome factors that keep them from emerging from poverty.
Education is the key to development and progress, especially in communities experiencing high rates of teen pregnancy, domestic violence, illiteracy, poor hygiene, and environmental degradation. Project Schoolhouse is working to provide more opportunities for rural children to learn the tools they need to function in ever-changing political and economic environments. More importantly, building schools is a small logical step in the natural development of our recipient communities and represents a step they would take for themselves if only the resources were available. By providing these resources Project Schoolhouse becomes a partner in development driven through grassroots initiatives.
Either through direct contact from the communities themselves or through reference from local authorities the communities come to us for help.
Because we require an enormous amount of investment from the recipient community we only partner with those who demonstrate a strong commitment to the project.
Applicants must submit a written proposal for a school to our offices with signatures of all committed volunteers before we start the selection process.
Our ultimate objective is to promote grassroots development that originates from within the recipient community itself.