At present, over 200 children are on a waiting list that continues to grow. Of these, over 100 are old enough to attend the coming school year, with the remainder wishing to hold spots for the future years. Countries showing particular interest include the USA, UK, France, Italy and China, followed by Brazil and India.
With thirty five beds now filled, and a student return rate greater than 90% from school year to school year, and, to make room for additional students, it is necessary to remodel exisiting structures as well as obtain financing to acquire additional properties adjacent to currently owned properties. While we are very fortunate that the school building itself can accommodate more than one hundred students, our goal is to create sufficient dormitory space to match school capacity.
We humbly present here this four-phased expansion plan (one of several possibilities we have considered to reach our goal). Please note that these are rough estimates, and subject to change.
All figures in Canadian dollars.
Raises total dormitory capacity to around 80.
Note: Although expansion Phase I and Phase II were initially conceived as distinct phases happening in order during distinct time frames, due to divine planning, both phases now seem to be happening in swift succession and so are presented here together.
|Property #1 -- ACQUIRED --||$265,000||Increases enrolment to around 50 students|
|Property #2 -- ACQUIRED --||$330,000|
|Fire code compliance||$30,000|
|New Dining Hall (remodel Garage)||$15,000|
|Overage / Incidentals (Applies to remodeling)||$15,000|
|Fundraising Target:||$735,000||60 students / 20 staff|
Raises total dormitory capacity to around 90
|Conversion, Compliance adjustments, Furniture||$40,000|
|Overage / Incidentals (Applies to remodeling)||$5,000|
|Fundraising Target:||$170,000||70 students/ 22 staff|
|Fundraising Target:||108 students|
A better option than all of these, but requiring greater funding, would be purpose built dormitories. The experience of collective life for the children could be improved in many ways. If fundraising exceeds expectations this would definitely become our preference. In addition to more funding, construction would require much more lead time than converting an existing property.