Prior to the PoP build, students of Shia, Ghana did not have access to formal classrooms. Instead, some studied inside a makeshift structure made of wood and corrugated metal, while others sat underneath a mango tree. The mango tree provided students with shade but did little to shelter them from flying debris, dust and other distractions from the school courtyard. During rainy days, all students would retreat into the already overcrowded provisional structure. The structure lacked formal walls, which allowed conversations from adjacent classrooms and noise from the surrounding environment to permeate, making it difficult for students to focus and concentrate. 

Community members recognized that these conditions were not conducive to learning and were eager to provide their children with a proper education environment. With your help, such a change was made possible. PoP worked closely with the Shia community for over nine months to build a new school. The run-down dirt roads leading into Shia made it difficult to get construction supplies into the community and the absence of water required additional labor. Despite these challenges, Shia’s teachers and community members remained dedicated to the project. Because of you, PoP and the Shia community were able to build a new three-classroom school that will provide hundreds of students access to a higher quality learning environment, for many years to come.