Communities need community spaces! Leonora's community space was established through community discussions and conferences. As a team, Green Dupatta and Leonora locals turned our jointed vision into a reality!
One of the first repairs requested from the Leonora committee was to replace the leaking zinc roof
The roof and exterior shed roofs were all replaced in 2015
In addition to being completely repainted and repaved, the cracks found in the foundation of the ground floor were fixed
This room is now used for community meetings and programming
The buildings exterior concrete was removed, levelled and repoured
The uneven and broken concrete was a safety hazard and created water drainage issues
An unsafe staircase was repaired and made functional
Over 75% of the wood from the original staircase was salvaged and reused!
In 2017 all of the buildings exterior was repainted
Including the undersides of the roof and shed!
We created a community garden at the back and side of the property
It now has multiple fruit trees and vegetable plants
All the plumbing for the two bathrooms and shower was replaced
As well, the bathrooms were painted, tiled and cleaned!
The front-facing concrete fence was torn down and extended
The fence, gate and metal work were all created by local artisans!
The centre in Leonora is open for community members to facilitate and participate in programming of their choice. Green Dupatta provides assistance and guidance in terms of program choice and development, however we believe that it is up to community members to decide what programs would benefit them the most.
In addition to being used as a space for meetings, religious and social functions the centre has had a variety of seasonal and ongoing programs.
A pay-what-you-can daycare programs offers mothers an opportunity to search for work
Free yoga and meditation classes brings community members and offers strategies to relieve stress and stay healthy
To ensure that the effect of your donations are maximized we always use local contractors and repair/reuse as many materials are we can!
We repaired and repainted all the unused benches and desks until they were good as new!
All the work we do is done by local contractors or Green Dupatta volunteers!