USAID, AusAID Back Reconstruction of Quake-Damaged West Sumatra Schools

    The U.S. Agency for International Development and AusAID are partnering with Indonesia to rehabilitate West Sumatra schools damaged by the September 2009 earthquake. Under the USD9.6 million project, around 40 severely damaged primary schools in the province will be reconstructed to allow some 6,500 children to receive formal education anew. According to a press release by the U.S. embassy in Jakarta, the schools’ reconstruction will involve the participation of local communities and use local building materials. 

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