On Saturday we took a day off from being with the students, with the option of going on a weekend excursion to either the mountains for a hike to a volcano village, or a trip An Ning village one of the projects WCPC has been supporting through this China Short Term Mission trip.
Forty of us left the hotel shortly after 8 am for a beautiful drive through scenic countryside of rice paddies, corn fields and very small towns. Working our way up the mountains on a surprisingly well-paved but narrow road, we arrived at An Ning to tour the four buildings of the school. The government recently built a kitchen and dining facility in which they had also stuffed 24 bunk beds to house 85 primary grade students. (2 per bed) It was basically wall to wall wooden pallet bunk beds!
The dilapidated building next to the kitchen is proposed to be replaced with a new dorm facility. This is the project that the tithe of our 2016 fundraising efforts is designated for. Water is a valuable commodity, and the hope is that a reservoir will be built nearby soon, instead of having to rely on the local spring. A highlight of this excursion was touring a local village house, where the inhabitants have little furniture except for a flat screen TV! The homes are not well lit and there are no windows, just open air. Many of the more remote mountain village homes are like this, so the need for the hostel will greatly affect the chances of children getting a primary education, which will also improve their hopes of advancing past grade 6.