HARDING SPECIAL SCHOOL
Where we have come from and where are we going
Aims & Barriers
Phase 1 & 2 Building of a multi-purpose hall with attached kitchen and laundry: Building of the core structure (administration, therapy, computer and library/multimedia centre) This will ultimately open up the original school building (affectionately known as “The train”) for development as a training workshop/s.
Phase 3—Phase 10: Building of classrooms, hostels, offices, etc. to cater for the educational, housing and administrative needs of the growing school and training centre.
Phase 4: Equipping and staffing of the training workshops.
Concurrent phases: Our Permaculture gardens have been vital for our survival (financially), yet are a key skill in job creation and self-employability for the disabled. We are looking for the following to develop the project.
Farming equipment and expertise.
Tunnels (greenhouse) and hydroponics expertise .
Labour, training, funding.
Artisan Skills e.g. bricklaying, etc.
We are state subsidised, but unfortunately this only touches the tip of the iceberg. We are as a result highly dependent on the kindness and good will of community and business.
Our permaculture vegetable and fruit tree planting projects aim to make us self-sufficient.
Our chicken rearing project, like the vegetables and fruit, are part of the skills training program, and they put food on the table in our hostels, which helps lower our hostel fees.
MANY have been so kind in supporting us, both in money and kind.
Should you wish to support us in any way, please feel free to contact us. If you are able to donate financially, it will be if great help and much appreciated. I have created a "Wish List" should you like to see it
As only 3% of the disabled are employed in the open job market, we would like to establish an adult training workshop. The aim is to empower our school leavers and community with employable skills. These skills could include wood work, welding, brick laying, agriculture, permaculture, etc., incorporating entrepreneurial/commercial skills to help the learners to become employable in the local industries and the open job market at large.