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Building Tuburan

Tuburan’s permanent home is located on a 9,046 square meter property with no running water, electricity, and an access road that becomes muddy and impassable when it rains. These challenges, however, have only made the Tuburan community more determined to find creative ways to develop the school site.

Bringing Nature Inside The Classroom

Nature is a big part of our curriculum. This is why we’ve integrated into the structures the materials growing around the school – like cocolumber and bamboo. We’ve built big windows and high ceilings on raised platforms with each building having rainwater harvesting catchments – for water recycling and cooling. We wish to be able to add solar panels too and develop the entire site into vegetable gardens and a mini forest.

Soon to Rise

While we have already built some of our infrastructure — thanks to your help — we know that there is a lot more to be done.

The Office and Grade School Classrooms

Our grade school classrooms are built on raised platforms, have big windows, high ceilings and rainwater harvesting catchments. (Photo by James C. Bautista.)

Tuburan has been able to construct an office building and classrooms for Class 1 (Grade 1), Class 2 (Grade 2), and Class 3 (Grade 3) with help from some national and international supporters who’ve donated cash, materials and their time. Although some of the rooms are being used already, the Tuburan school community is raising Php 300,000.00 more to make each room completely ready.

Work that needs to be done:

• Install grills and screens in the windows.
• Install a sliding door in the office.
• Install grills in the office’s built-in storage area.
• Turn the spaces below the classrooms into spaces for storage/meetings/work/play.
• Install electricity.
• Install plumbing.

The Kindergarten Classrooms

One of the kindergarten classrooms that need urgent renovation. (Photo by Lilli O. Breininger.)

In 2015, twelve workers built two classrooms of light materials in 10 days. In 2016, civic groups and businesses helped raise Php 50,000 in just two weeks to renovate them into kindergarten classrooms. The Tuburan school community is raising Php 70,000.00 more to complete the renovation.

In ten days, twelve workers built two classrooms of light materials. Civic groups and businesses have helped raise Php 50,000 in just two weeks to renovate them into kindergarten classrooms. The Tuburan school community is raising Php 70,000.00 more to complete the renovation.

Work that needs to be done:

• Renovate the windows.
• Renovate the roofs.
• Renovate the hallway railings.
• Install tiles in the toilet.
• Build a kitchen sink with drawers and cabinets.

The Kitchen

What used to be a makeshift outdoor kitchen undergoes a make-over thanks to support by Yoshimi and Love Me Foundation. (Photo by Lilli O. Breininger)

In 2015, a makeshift outdoor kitchen was constructed from recycled materials. This is where our Food Committee and visitors stay to help cook the children’s snacks and lunch. They sit on logs placed over tree stumps and slice away at a borrowed table. When it rains they huddle under the kitchen’s sheer tarpaulin cover. Thankfully, a screened outdoor kitchen is now being built with the help of Japanese supporters. We are raising Php 150,000.00 more to complete the construction of the outdoor kitchen.

Work that needs to be done:

• Install a ceiling with an opening for smoke to pass through.
• Install electrical wires, outlets, switches, and lamps.
• Install grills and screens in the windows.
• Install plumbing a drainage system.
• Install sliding doors.

The Multipurpose Areas

There’s enough space under the Class 1 classroom to store materials and even hold informal meetings. (Photo by James C. Bautista.)

The grade school classrooms are built on raised platforms just like in traditional Filipino buildings. We wish to be able to use the areas under the grade school classrooms well by converting them into spaces for storage/meetings/work/play. This will cost around ₱30,000.00.

The Perimeter Fence

The school’s property is surrounded by a creek on one side and an access road on the other side. We wish to be able to secure the property day and night with a perimeter fence. This will cost around ₱45,000.00.

 The Access Road

Children walk on the access road in their boots. (Photo by Jo Haresh T. Tandora.)

There’s a 400 meter access road leading to the school that has been opened, widened and flattened with help from business, government and civil society groups as well as the landowners themselves. It’s a huge relief, we are grateful for all the support.

But when it rains the access road still transforms into a muddy pool. This has been a major factor affecting enrollment. The Tuburan community hopes to change this and raise at least Php 500,000.00  to build an all-weather road this 2016.

Work that needs to be done:

  • Conduct a geodetic survey of the road lot.
  • Construct canals.
  • Construct the road.
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