Land was acquired in late 2018. Construction was contracted and managed by the Mababu CCF. Local tradespeople were hired whenever possible and all furniture in the building was made locally. Start up construction and infill costs were funded entirely by a private donation from Amy and Michael Aquilino of Potomac, Maryland. The confidence and trust shared by the Aquilino Family was paramount in the development of curriculum-based lessons and new discipline models, critical teacher training, and ultimately, the timely opening of the chekechea in January 2020. Additional donor funds were allocated to establish the nutrition program and fund student scholarships. The startup cost of the chekechea totaled $90,000 USD.