Round Square Delegates finish CPDC’s Mushroom Farm

When the delegates first arrived at CPDC on Monday, 11th they found nothing but the raw structure of the building for the Mushroom Farm. In two days of hard work, the volunteers would turn the construction site into a proper Mushroom Farm, stable, reliable and, most importantly, sustainable.
The first group of approximately 40 delegates, among which were students and teachers of more than 6 different nationalities, including Australian, South African, German, Canadian and several more, found their way to CPDC at around 10:30 on Monday, 11th of October, having a busy day of construction and handicraft work ahead of them.
They raised the entire walls of the Mushroom Farm with long pieces of halved bamboo pipes and also helped with the gardening at the vegetable farm, joining the CPDC’s children in their daily work. The children of CPDC also took part in the construction work of their future Mushroom Farm. They were very active and excited to put hands on the drills, screwdrivers and saws, helping the delegates with great passion.
The second group of delegates arrived at CPDC on Wednesday, 13th at around noon. After having a quick lunch they started their work, where the first group had stopped. Their goals for the day were to finish the construction of the bamboo walls, to varnish them and to put into place a third beam underneath the roof, that would enable them to install the hanging structure used to hold the mushroom bags.
With exceptionally great commitment the students and teachers worked their way through the piles of bamboo, drilling, screwing, solving whatever problem might occur and really getting things done.
Despite the difficulties with the last wooden beam or the wires that were supposed to hold the mushroom bags and kept collapsing, the team didn’t give up and made it through the day with humor and passion, enjoying their own productivity.
The project of the delegates helping at the CPDC was part of the international Round Square Conference that had been hosted by Pattaya’s Regent’s School that week, bringing together more than 800 headmasters, teachers and students from countries throughout the world to exchange their ideas, to meet new people and to become active in local projects like the CPDC.
Thanks to their big effort and selfless commitment the Mushroom Farm is now ready to use. Estimates are that the farm, which is planned to be operated by the children, will produce more mushrooms than the CPDC’s children and staff can actually eat, making it reasonable to sell the surplus on the local market. The Mushroom Farm will certainly enhance the CPDC’s sustainability and income-generating capabilities, as well as assign responsibility and teach practical skills to the children.