BADP recently wired over funds to hire a local contractor to repair old desks and classroom furniture as well as build new equipment.
School security and vandalism has been a problem for all of Bumpeh Academy’s short history, as the lack of proper facilities meant that equipment could not be protected after school hours. However, with recent construction progress, Bumpeh Academy has been able to secure three classrooms, and as such can start investing in improving the furniture needed to make the classrooms fully serviceable learning zones.
Our local team agreed on a fair quote and quantity with a local contractor for a set of desks, chairs and benches. By hiring locally and sourcing all of our supplies locally, including timber produced and cut within Bumpeh Chiefdom, BADP is making sure that 100% of the value invested in the project is being pumped back into the local economy. Though purchasing and shipping western-built desks can seem like a good decision, such practices undermine our commitment to empowering local solutions and providing agency over every level of project development. Decisions like hiring a local contractor and insisting on local supplies can seem nominal from an outside perspective, but it is this decision making process, this commitment to local economy that makes the greatest positive change over a long duration, that ensures the greatest chances of long-term sustainability and independence.
We are committing to not just working with the Rotifunk community to provide improved circumstances, but to provide opportunity at several different levels of the regional economy and build trust within it that we are an organization that will always, no matter the circumstance, seek out local opportunities and individuals, placing their tried and tested methodology and practice above foreign solutions.