Still Working to Rebuild Central Sulawesi, ACT Constructs Dozens of Classrooms

In addition to housing, schools are urgently needed to be rebuilt after the disasters that hit in September 2018. Apart from shelters, ACT also builds schools in dozens of regions in Central Sulawesi

ACTNews, SIGI - More than nine months after the earthquake, tsunami, and liquefaction which hit Central Sulawesi, especially Palu, Sigi and Donggala, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) continues its post-disaster recovery efforts. After building thousands of Integrated Community Shelter units on various locations in Central Sulawesi, now the effort to rebuild Central Sulawesi continues by rebuilding schools that suffered damages due to the earthquake.

Among the schools that are being rebuilt is Madrasah Aliyah Negeri (MAN) Sigi in Karawana Village, Dolo subdistrict, Sigi Regency. In a village that is located not far from the Petobo Urban Village that was worst hit by the soil liquefaction, three classrooms will be built.

ACT's School Reconstruction Coordinator, Dede Abdurrahman said that currently, the construction of this Islamic school in Sigi has entered the 5th day. Involving ten construction workers, Dede estimated that the construction will be completed in the next 2-3 days.

"As many as 70 students go to this school, and there will be 30 new students in the new school year. There are 17 teachers as well," explained Abdurrahman, Tuesday (7/2).

In addition to MAN Sigi, ACT is also rebuilding other schools in Central Sulawesi, especially in areas that were affected by the natural disasters that occurred in September 2018. To date, there are four schools that are being rebuilt.

Six classrooms are currently under construction in the Madrasah Tsanawiyah Nurul Hasanah in Tatanga, Palu. Additionally, three new classrooms are being rebuilt in Al-Khairat Tondo Elementary School, MTS Al-Khairat Baluase, and MA Al-Khairat Batusuya respectively.

Previously, the construction of 63 classrooms and 1 library in 20 schools in Palu, Sigi and Donggala have been completed. "In addition to housing, schools are urgently needed as a learning facility," Abdurrahman added.

Not only the construction of schools, ACT is also currently completing the construction of the Integrated Community Shelter in Mpanau, Sigi Biromaru subdistrict. Currently, the progress of the construction has reached 35 percent. Dede explained that the residential compound will be inhabited by 96 families who still live in refugee tents, or families whose houses have been damaged and have not been able to renovate them. []