We received fantastic news recently at Building Trust HQ that the Japan Association for the Mae Tao Clinic (JAM) have been able to provide funding to help us provide a further mobile, modular school to a migrant and refugee community on the outskirts of Mae Sot. Hope school, which we initially visited in the Summer of 2012, desperately needs facilities for a new classroom. We will be building a new school building for Hope in collaboration with Agora Architects in Mae Sot. Their school is located in the valley of a bamboo forest with beautiful surroundings but a slightly challenging environment due to very slippery conditions and the school being very remote.
We discussed in detail with the School headmistress and teachers as to the position of their new classroom, thinking about the position of the sun during the day and the effect it would have on the light in the classroom. The Headmistress advised the size and scale of the classrooms needed and we discussed where they would sit on the school site.
After a few days in the Ironwood workshop cutting and drilling the steel required to create the school structure all components were brought to site on the back of a pick up truck. The local community agreed to dig the foundation holes needed for the structure and helped bring the steel to site.
While the community dug the foundation holes in the drizzling rain, the Ironwood team set the frames out and began drilling and bolting the frames together.
The frames were then carried near to the site of the new school classroom ready to be lifted over the foundation feet and bolted into place.
Next the Ironwood team, Agora Architects and Building Trust members helped to prepare the concrete mixture ready to fill the foundation holes which contain one truck tyre and the steel foundation post.
The next stage will be to fill the foundations with the concrete mix and set the foundations.
I look forward to updating you with the next stages of our third Moving School.
Thanks for reading,