Help results in new school

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THE people of South Holland have helped former local teacher Jan Gracey build a school in Cambodia.

Jan appealed for help towards the cost of the school when she was visiting Spalding in the summer and said she was willing to give talks in exchange for donations.

The school buildings were ready for the start of term, although school started with many children sitting on the floor because the furniture maker had delivered just 12 desks.

Two weeks later and the school had to shut because the rains were so heavy the roads to the school became flooded.

Jan says: “The opening ceremony, which was to have been at the school, had to be moved to the hall at the Provincial Offices. People who had donated money for the classrooms came over for the opening and waded through the water, as did the provincial director of education, to see the buildings which were all high and dry.”

The school should reopen next week now the rain has stopped.