BeeHive School has been making steady progress with new construction. Constance, Niall’s wife, has been indispensable and has been overseeing construction of the new school; often traveling several hours into remote villages to find the most affordable and best quality bricks.
Three wings are planned at the new site and currently the smallest wing has been completed. Please review the attached architectural drawings for a detailed look at what BeeHive has planned. Rowan Haysom, who is originally from South Africa and who is trained in sustainable buildings, designed the new school blueprints free of charge. Rowan has incorporated passive efficiency measures to optimize natural cooling of the building during hot months and designed the school buildings to have plenty of natural lighting. To learn more about Rowan Haysom, please visit: http://www.haysomwardmiller.co.uk/page9/page14/page15/page15.html
Tensions were high for founder/director Niall Dorey and the BeeHive community when they lost in the appeals court a couple of weeks ago and the old school site was shut down for good, since the buildings do not meet basic building safety codes. For a time BeeHive was shut down with no place to hold classes.
Fortunately, the Ministry of Education sent representatives to the new school site last week and they were very pleased with the progress. It looks like BeeHive will be permitted to hold classes in the wing of the school that has just been completed, as long as they continue to make steady progress with the rest of the school. Since the new school buildings are not complete, they can only accommodate a portion of the students at a time, so there may be two sessions during the day, increasing the burden on the teachers and staff.
Niall Dorey and his family, including his parents Maureen and Stephen Dorey, have been working tirelessly to raise funds and complete construction. Many friends and generous supporters have come out of the woodwork to help BeeHive, most notably Peigi Mairi Nicholson and Back Primary School, a very small village school on the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides who recently raised £500 for BeeHive School. It just goes to show how many small hands working together can accomplish something amazing. Hats off to the incredible efforts of these generous students with such big hearts!
Funding for the new roof for the school wing came through the generous support of the Rotary Club of Ceilidh who raised £1000! An press clipping of their efforts is attached.
There has also been a lot of support through our Facebook Fan Page and website. Thank you everyone for being so engaged and showing your support for Niall and the BeeHive community.
In summary, summer is finally here and BeeHive has been reveling in the good news from the Ministry of Education! BeeHive will be using the 1/3 of the school that is currently completed to hold classes in, so construction will continue Pano’A’Pango (little by little). BeeHive needs donations now more than ever to finish construction and keep the school open for as many students as possible.
Global Giving will be matching donations by 50% on June 16. This means that if you donate 50, then BeeHive gets $75. If you donate $100 then BeeHive gets $150. And if you donate $200 then BeeHive gets $300. So if you’ve been thinking of donating then please do it early on this June 16! Thank You!
US donors please go here: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/beehiveschool/
UK donors please go here: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/pr/4900/proj4898a.html
FULL DETAILS ON GLOBAL GIVING’S BONUS DAY BELOW:
Bonus Day starts at 12:00 a.m. EDT (GMT-4) and runs for 24 hours until 11:59 p.m. EDT (GMT-4). What time does Bonus Day start in my time zone?
* All donations made to GlobalGiving.org during this time period will be matched at 50%, up to $1,000 per person/per project.
* Check donations and donations made through GlobalGiving.co.uk will not be eligible for this match, though the funds will be applied to your project.
* The project that raises the most money and the project that recruits the most unique donations during the Bonus Day period will each get $1,000, in addition to all money raised and matched.
* There are $70,000 available in matching funds and will be allocated by the time of the donation. If funds run out during Bonus Day, donations will be applied to your project and to the Bonus totals, but will not be matched. So get your donations in early!
Lastly, you should look forward to some updates from Troy Smith, a student that will be visiting BeeHive School on behalf of Global Giving in the coming weeks.
- Detailed Cost Estimate Breakdown
- More photos of the construction on our Facebook Page.
- Expense Reports From Niall Dorey