Big Tree Preschool
Siamate Village is 4km downriver from Tukongote School, just too far for their little ones to walk. Teachers Hilda and Steven identified the need for a preschool there. They started Big Tree Preschool in 2014 with 35 children under a shelter used by a local church.
We began our support by supplying books and resources, and later roofing sheets and cement for the floor of a mud and pole building built by the community.
The name "Big Tree" was chosen in honour of a big Baobab tree close to the school. The village headman tells stories of how, as a young boy, he used to climb that tree and hide instead of going to school.
Thanks to a generous donation by Texel Foundation, we were able to build a brick building with canteen and ablutions … with our signature paint work and bright colours of course. It opened in September 2019. The green of their uniforms was chosen to represent the trees.