It’s only May, and here in San Ramón, we’ve already made lots of advances in our current and upcoming projects. We’ve delivered school supplies to our Sister Schools, followed up on the solar panels installed in two rural schools, started preparing for our upcoming construction project in Wabule, and started sign classes for deaf children in Los Pipitos, just to name a few. Today we took a moment, however, to celebrate what is perhaps our biggest success so far this year – a complete overhaul and repair of the electrical system of San Ramón High School.
San Ramón High School receives approximately 1,500 students every week, and is the largest high school in the municipality of San Ramón. In 2013, SCSRN built four new classrooms to relieve the problem of overcrowding, and it was then that we realized that the electrical system was in very poor and dangerous condition. One of the two computers on campus had been damaged by power surges, bare cables were laying haphazardly on metal roofs, and some lines had fallen so low that a child could reach up and grab them. The need was immediate, but the job was massive, and required somebody with the experience and know-how to design and implement a new system.
Enter the South Granville Rotary Club. With their many years of partnering with Nicaraguan Rotary Clubs to do construction and electrical work, they were just the folks to help us tackle this big problem. After much fundraising, planning, and designing, they swooped in and IN ONE WEEK installed an entirely new, fully functional, completely safe electrical system! And as if that weren’t enough, in their spare time they made over 100 blocks with our block-making machine! I do not exaggerate when I say that these Rotarians and their incredible work ethic were the talk of the town.