Once the decision was made to build a temporary building to house the Shalom Academy, Vitalis clicked into gear. The building will be timber framed and clad with what’s called iron sheeting. First stop, find a tree. A neighbour had recently felled a couple of trees and sold them to us for a reasonable sum. Then the newly hired builders – or funds as they’re known – staked out the upper part of the land with stakes Vitalis has fashioned from a nearby tree.

Nobody seemed to mind that overnight a local had brought two of his cows to graze on the part of our land that will become the playground. Our policy is to get on well with all the neighbours who will be crucial to the success of the school, so the cows will remain for the time being.

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