Q: How are you funding the new campus?
A: Generous donors have already contributed $100,000 to help build the WAVS School’s new campus in Guinea-Bissau’s capital, Bissau. Before we can complete the first phase of the campus, we must raise a total of $600,000. You can contribute to this goal by clicking here.
Q: Why is a WAVS School campus in the capital city important?
A: Currently, the WAVS School has just one campus located in Canchungo, a rural town in Guinea-Bissau with no paved roads or electricity. The campus has had an incredible impact in the community and has trained more than 1,000 students since opening in 2006. The Canchungo campus will continue to equip young women and men with critical job-skills for years to come.
To maximize its impact in Guinea-Bissau, however, the WAVS School needs to have a strong presence in the capital city, Bissau, which is the largest population center in the country and is the fastest growing part of Guinea-Bissau. The Bissau Campus will serve five times as many students as the Canchungo campus, it will open up partnership opportunities with established businesses in the capital, and it will help its graduates start their own enterprises using on-campus business incubators. The Bissau Campus is a giant step forward for both WAVS and the people of Guinea-Bissau.
Q: How will the funds for construction be used?
A: Funds raised for the new campus will be set aside to pay for materials, labor, and other expenses needed to construct a the first wing of a classroom building, a welding workshop, and a small guest house for WAVS staff. The classroom wing will include three classrooms that will be used to train students in computers basics, English, French, and business skills. The school already has land in Bissau to build the campus. All it needs is funding.
Q: How large will the Bissau Campus be?
A: The campus will sit on more than 22 acres of land, which is enough space for classrooms and workshops to provide training in a wide range of skills, including computer basics, language, business, administration, welding, carpentry, auto mechanics, construction, agriculture and renewable energy.
Q: What are the future plans for the Bissau Campus?
A: In addition to language and computer courses, the Bissau Campus will also provide training in welding, auto mechanics, construction, renewable energy, sewing, agriculture, and carpentry. Each course will have its own workshop building. The campus will include additional workshops that graduates can rent to start new businesses and guest houses for visitors, WAVS staff and outside instructors. When complete, the Bissau campus will train about 1,000 students each year, helping prepare a new generation of leaders in Guinea-Bissau for a sustainable future.