There is great news – construction of a six classroom block for Piitanga Primary will begin this March. Francis Sappaat, the deputy district director of the regional schools says this is a “dream come true” for the community of Piitanga. Our niece, Britney, worked with the community this January to set up their school lunch program. She writes the community is very dedicated to helping build the school and to the education of their children.

This is only possible with the help of Seth Prickett at Framework International (also a charitable organization in Oregon). Yakote Women Farmers (our organization) will provide $15,000. Framework International is funding the remaining $35,000 for construction. The building walls will be constructed of cement blocks. Before long 5 loads of sand, 2 loads of gravel, and 500 bags of cement will be delivered and the community will begin the many days building the forms, hauling water by hand (100 yards to the nearest well), and mixing cement to make the blocks on site.


this January Marilyn looked at the Piitanga Primary building site with the Headmistress, builders, and teachers.


Look carefully, the kids are carrying firewood to use for cooking their lunch. The mud building is the nearly completed kitchen for Piitanga Primary School.