After huge amounts of work and dedicated fundraising from our volunteer team in the UK, our MOU signed, workshops designed and all planning approved (this was not an easy process ), we were ready to begin construction of The Barut Youth Development and Sports Centre. We were fortunate to have on the ground support from Sean Brothers, our volunteer project manager, he’ll share his story with you shortly.
In October 2012, we finally broke ground- beginning with the construction of a septic tank and a fenced perimeter to mark the land.
The build continued with the construction of our first two workshops. During the build period, we employed over 65 local workers, and also provided training for young apprentices. All materials were sourced locally, using near by quarries and timber merchants, thus putting all monies through the community.
In February 2013, The Barut Youth Development and sports Centre opened its doors to its first 50 trainees, teaching Fashion and Design, and Agri-Business.
This was an emotional day for all, a dream come true, a vision, a reality and proof that “optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.” We had pushed through the barriers, jumped the hurdles and our whole team did it with a smile.