The running expenses of the overall school, SOC and scholarship activities of the project are climbing. This is for three reasons.
- First - the scope of the project has got wider, with more students in the care of the SOC, and an increasing number of students being sponsored through university.. We may have around 18 by year's end. At the SOC we have had several new students join the family this year.
- Second - the quality of services is increasing. In 2005 years ago we thought opening a school was a big thing - but never dreamed how quickly we'd be offering computer teaching, or be offering university scholarships rather than, simply, languager education. Expectations and needs are increasing, and so are is our service delivery.
- Third: inflation. Local costs are rising, and this includes employment costs but also fuel and electricity. We don't begrudge pay increases for staff and endeavour to pay fair, competitive salaries. For teachers we also cover sickness benefits (continued pay, plus medical expenses).
The monthly running costs, as of January 2012 are charted below - however since then we have added more children under the care of the SOC, and the Scholarship budget is soon to ramp up with the 2012 intake of scholars. Also the chart does not include capital costs - for example the building cost for the library or the SOC in 2008 or Student Centre which opened recently for older students located in town.