In 2008 the school received an unexpected and very welcome contact from an American couple from Allentown, Pennsylvania. The couple actually grew up in Uganda and Tanzania during the 1970s, and they had attended schools quite similar to Savong’s School. Dilshad and Amir had seen Savong’s School on our website and simply connected with the objectives of the school. They knew what a huge difference their schools had made in their own lives. “We’d like to give something back,” they told us, “we’d like to build a library.”
Five years later I took this photo of Dilshad, talking with head teacher Sovannarith outside the library she and her husband built. That building, is the hub of the school – providing reading space, computer teaching space, office space and noticeboard space for the students results.
- For more on this: a reflection on the importance of the library – a recovered memory from 54 years back.