August 2015 – The Bluefields Basic School, opened in the fall of 2014, serves children age 3-5 within the Bluefields area. It is situated centrally within the community, with a gorgeous mountaintop view. The school provides kids with an early educational foundation, teaching colors, reading, math, science and more. They also provide lunch each day for the children.
The school has three classrooms and employs teachers, teachers aides, a principal and cooks. The dream when building the structure was to be off the grid, and we teamed up with the community to install a rainwater catchment system here. This allows for a sustainable and effective way to have indoor plumbing, a true luxury for a school in rural Jamaica.
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Location: Bluefields Basic Community School, Bluefields, Westmoreland, Jamaica
The ladder goes up!
Adding the first section of gutter…
…and on to the next.
Must have precision!
One of the local welders created this platform to sit the water tank on top of. To spec, 92 inches across!
Adding guttering on the top level, too.
Now, glueing in the connector from the gutter to the pipe.
The end of the pipe shoots off the building, but will be finished once the tank arrives. Note the incredible mountain view.
Hoisting a 2,000 gallon tank onto school roof – to use for potable water along with a solar pump from the clean water source..
Both tanks installed! The top is for potable water and is filled using a solar powered pump from a water supply 1,000 feet away. The bottom collects rainwater from the roof. Both use gravity for water pressure.
The moving truck arrives and is ready to be unloaded.
Back it on up! Everyone grab something and bring it inside!
Hard at work getting the school yard ready for opening day..
The new Bluefields Basic School (ages 3-5). Joy Baker is the principal and the teacher of the 3 year olds the first year the school was opened.
The three classrooms can be opened into a multi-purpose larger room.
An open air hallway connects the classrooms.
The full-service kitchen. Note the water jugs in the sink as potable water has not yet been brought in when this was shot.
Students of Bluefields Basic School
Learning the 10 Commandments and enjoying coloring
Kids of all ages gather at the school for special programming. This building truly serves the entire community!