Thanapara Swallows Primary School
Duration: since 1974
Location: Thanapara and the nearest villages
Donor: Fair Trade Company (Japan), Greverudschool (Norway), The Swallows (Sweden)
All 280 students enrolled in the Primary School Program come from the poorest families in the village. Consequently, they cannot afford to attend the government schools. The students attend both the academic course work and vocational training. In the vocational training students learn how to weave, to sew, to embroider and to look after a garden. There are also sports, drama, singing, and small-scale gardening classes. Once a week, the students work in the fields where they gain practical experience in farming.