QHHC Central Sulawesi trip
Boarding House, Palu
A meeting with Major Usmany and a site visit to the boarding house land was the first stop during our trip.
The title was confirmed in mid May and the builders discovered the need to place very deep footings on the block. We had initially hoped to build cheap Minado style timber building - but after the builders consulted with the Majors office re the land and the need for a strong earthquake proof building - plans where re drawn and the new proposal Is now available. The bottom line for the QHHC and Partners as the donors is that the price for the building will be substantially higher - this is reflective of a few items the first being the more solid construction of the building and the movement in costs through the rise in oil prices in the past two months.
I am very confident that the project will be well built and financially managed correctly through the Majors office. This project also is aimed at celebrating the centenary of the Salvation Army Education Korps bringing education to the Sulawesi Tengah Region.
Boarding house, Palu
The boarding house footings are in place and we are pleased to support this great initiative, allowing students from remote villages around Palu to attend secondary school.
We visited the school and although the students were on holidays, they came along in uniform to meet us.
Kantewu hosted the inaugural QHHC cup, which was a great success. We look forward to supporting this tournament again next year. Support for this tournament can be made by sponsoring one of the teams competing.
Boarding house, Palu
Visit to Porelea and Kantewu
We met with the village elders to discuss renovations to the current school building, and we will be looking a partners and fund raising opportunities for this project to help the Porelea community to establish a better educational environment for their children.
It was then onto Kantewu to enjoy the QHHC funded soccer tournament. We were met by the 8 soccer teams competing and villagers. We received a wonderful traditional welcome. The tournament complete with spectacular mountain backdrop, culminated in an exciting penalty shootout. A huge success, we will be supporting this initiative again next year.
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Dongi Dongi land acquired - School to be built
After a long trip back to Palu and a good nights rest in the comfy beds at the Palu Santika and we where able to get a late start to head to our latest project at the village of Dongi -Dongi - two hours south-west of Kota Palu by car. This beautiful village [in a national park] requires a new primary school [ it is old and floods regularly] and we were able to assist with the purchase of the land - the school is going to be a another building relocated to the site form close by -we will attempt to assist with these costs.
We had great visit with the school kids and teachers and all of us felt a real sense on involvement with these bright eyed and vivacious kids - we really hope the new school will present the kids with much better opportunities in the future.
Ready for departure
The ojek drivers get all our motorbikes ready for the 2 hour journey up into the mountains
We received a traditional welcome from the village including a flute orchestra, women in traditional dress and a chicken on the head. A really special occasion.
Played amidst an impossibly beautiful backdrop of mountains and rainforest.