CAMP BUCCA, Iraq‚ÄîSgt. Adam Kirschner, 42nd Military Police Brigade Civil Affairs team, uses a roller to paint the classroom walls in the Al Ibrihimi Primary School in the town of Safwan. The walls had not been painted in years; and were covered with crayon and pencil markings. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Amie J. McMillan)
CAMP BUCCA, Iraq–On Sept. 12, the 42nd Military Police Brigade Civil Affairs team, along with several other Service members, convoyed to the local town of Safwan to help paint classroom walls in the Al Ibrihimi Primary School.
The walls were covered with crayon and pencil markings, in addition to dust and dirt. With the help of the school’s staff and Al-Subai Contracting Company, the classrooms have a new look and are ready for the students.
The school also went through other restorations as part of a project originally requested by the Safwan Town Council.
“The project was proposed in an effort to install water and electrical systems, and to repair the school’s windows,” said Sgt. Adam Kirschner, 42nd MP Bde. Civil Affairs team. “They also provided new and additional furniture.”
The town council asked the Iraqi Ministry of Education and the school’s headmaster for a list of needed repairs.
The 42nd MP Bde. Civil Affairs team sent the proposal to Multi-National Division‚ÄîSoutheast for approval and funding. Following approval, the job was awarded to Al-Subai, a local national contractor.
Painting the interior of the school building was not included in the contract, but was desperately needed.
The team spoke with the town council and the contractor to come up with a solution. They decided to paint in a cooperative effort to improve the classrooms’ interior walls.
“The school now provides a safe, clean, and functional learning environment for the children of rural Safwan,” said Kirschner.
Camp Bucca is a forward operating base along the Kuwaiti border near the port city of Umm Qasr, Iraq’s southern most city.