Construction progress on the Home of Knowledge School sputtered to a standstill several weeks ago - the business with the missing cement mixer (and its recovery) was unfortunately only a sign of what would become an intractable situation for Architecture for Humanity's efforts to rebuild the school. Though the school's headmaster/community partner has tried his hardest to hire and retain a contracting crew on the job site, a perfect storm of site insecurity, financial missteps and threats to personal livelihood at the site brought the safe proceedings of construction to a halt. Architecture for Humanity, following its priorities of the safety of its people, was left with little choice but to terminate the Home of Knowledge construction grant as it stands.
Students Rebuild acknowledges the extreme difficulty and gravity with which Architecture for Humanity's decision was made. We wish the best to the Home of Knowledge in the struggle they share with much of the rest of the country to build safe, sustainable spaces for their communities. Meanwhile, Architecture for Humanity will seek out other partners facing dire need and carrying the promise for a good partnership that ultimately ensures the success of any and every construction project.