My recent interview with Desmond Wong on ieat’s Mission to build Schools in Sandakan.
This year we have raised around $65K through the sale of books and makan sessions for our Sandakan school building project and so we are planning trip up in July to see how the new schools are progressing.
The kids in Sandakan live in the slum areas and all they really need are simple zinc roof shelters for them to set up classrooms. The money we donated goes into providing materials for the villagers to build these shelters and Goducate then provides training and the syllabus for mothers in the village to start school. We find that this works very well and very soon the kids are active in classrooms learning to read and write rather than running around aimlessly in the kampongs. This year Goducate’s target is to start schools in 100 such villages. This is still a small number as there are 1 million displaced people in Sandakan, but it is a start.
You can read about our last trip there in our trip report here.
Here are the details of the trip.
Date: 7 to 10 July 2011
Budget: $400-$500 includes Air Tickets and Accommodation
Closing date: 7 June 2011
As always, aside from visiting the villages, there is going to be great makan there as well since Sandakan is a seafood paradise. My fishing kaki tells me that there is an exquisite river fish there that I must try, so we are going to see if we can get hold of it! If you would like to come along, please let me know by writing to me at [email protected]. Please include Full Name, Date of Birth, Passport no and Expiry date and Mobile number.
We can only accommodate 12-15 pax, so please write in early.
You can read more about Goducate here.