Mount Hope Training Centre

MOUNT HOPE TRAINING CENTRE

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Mount Hope Training Centre was established in 1998 on 17 hectares of land in West Kalimantan, to educate and raise the standard of living of the Dayak people who are considered to be one of the poorest tribes in Indonesia. The Training Centre is expanding and now has 20 hectares of land.

The project includes a:

  • Children’s home
  • Kindergarten
  • Primary school
  • Junior high school

At present there are:

  • 170 (approximately) children residing at the centre
  • 2 kindergarten classes
  • 6 primary school classes
  • 6 junior high classes

NEED

Most villagers depend on the rivers to bathe and wash clothes. There are few health centres and health care is almost non-existent. Many of the 2.5 million Dayaks live hand to mouth as subsistence-level farmers. Most children only complete basic primary school education and soon work in the fields with their parents at the age of 13. Very few have the finances for a high school education. As a result they are poor in terms of skill and therefore poor financially.

We want to build more classrooms plus a senior high school – grades 10—12, with 2 classes for each grade. We have the land but need the finance to begin.

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