Initially, founder Catherine Ruth Riley-Bryan was inspired to dedicate herself to taking care of children of different races with the hope of transforming children “waiting to be rescued” into children who believe in “going out there” to rescue others. She would find the individual skills and talents of each child and guide them on the right path. Her dedication saw the project grow from one child to dozens and there are currently over 70 students at Bamboo School, with many of their alumni attending universities. Hundreds have graduated and become English teachers, doctors, nurses and emergency ambulance staff across the country and some have even found employment abroad.
Furthermore, this place teaches children to build houses from bamboo and Ecobricks. Used plastic bottles are collected, tightly stuffed with non-recyclable waste materials such as coffee sachets, snack bags, plastic bags and plastered with mortar to act as walls and stairway structures instead of traditional bricks. This project has successfully taught children to recognize the value of things, even items that have been labelled as “waste”. Thus, the children have become a significant driving force in reducing environmental problems and establishing sustainability on our planet. Any visitor to Bamboo School will also be able to learn and realize such precious lessons.
Bamboo School welcomes travellers in search of a new inspiration to come and learn, surround themselves with nature and take part in sustainable environment conservation. The school also warmly welcomes volunteers with a mindset that makes them ready to become a part of community development and contribute to a greater good with tasks like building the library, developing teaching and learning instructions and supporting local medical work.