From 11 to 15 August, Tom Vaughan of NMSI led a team of employees and volunteers on a CSR project to renovate the Noyaa Academy in Jamestown, Accra, with the help and support of the NMSI team. The roof had numerous holes meaning that during the rainy season classes were severely interrupted due to flooding, while the children’s school books and food was being destroyed. The roof was replaced with new roofing sheets; new guttering was added in order to channel run-off water and a concrete apron was constructed along the right hand side of the building to divert surface water away from the building.
In addition to the above, the team also created a new classroom, for older Year 4 students, by constructing a new partition wall in one of the larger rooms, using materials recycled from the Dodowa Hospital build.
Finally, the school exterior was completely repainted in its customary blue. Tom said: “it has been a great privilege to head up this very worthwhile CSR project. It fills me with great happiness and pride knowing that the underprivileged pupils of Noyaa may now continue their education come rain or shine and that one day they might graduate into the national education system. This could not have been achieved without the help of my colleagues here at NMS, especially my right-hand woman, Safia Wahab, and the support of the headmistress, Rachel, the students and the rest of the local community who took it upon themselves to help refurbish the school. Good job all round!” Rachel Annan, Noyaa Academy’s Headmistress said “I thank you and NMS for your help, it was so heart-warming seeing the love from the staff of NMS to us.
Words can’t express our gratitude for your efforts and the whole staff of NMS. Our roof is all fixed and painted. A classroom created to add up to what we have, and the kids will be so happy, and we won’t have to be shifting from one place to the other when it rains”