Projects at BLK Muwonge S. School: update July 28

July 25, 2009 - Kingston, Canada

Our Projects in Kyabazaala

1. On behalf of Omwaana Ono International (OOI): Bore Hole Well

Develop a plan from the village and school for maintenance and security of the well provided by OOI in May 2009 at BLK Muwonge Secondary School. Previously, the water source for this school of 473 kids was a polluted river about 1 km from the school.

The well is completed with two final testing stages remaining. Thanks to Immy in Kampala, the Uganda Drill Company has ensured this will be done in the next two weeks. Please see the pictures under BLK school water supply.

This new well will save the kids a great deal of time each lunch hour as presently, a full class goes to collect water each day. It takes at least one hour. The new well will allow this task to be completed in less than 30 minutes and with a clean source.

OOI will be focusing their efforts in the future to a new school in Nabitende. Thanks to Laurie, Robin and Immy and everyone else in OOI for getting this well completed and thanks again to all the OHIP folks who contributed to this project.

2. New Multi-purpose Building

With the assistance of Laurel Montrose, we made significant purchases of supplies and labour for the building of a new 3300 square foot multi purpose room at the school. This new building is to allow for the teaching and formal Government testing of pre-university classes which have not been available at the school to date. The building will also provide much needed classrooms and small offices for the Assistant Headmaster and the Director of Studies.

The building progressed greatly during our visit. The foundation and brick to 10 feet height were completed by the end of June. The project to date has been funded by school fees, student family donations and assistance from the Ministry of Education.

At present, 473 students plus a staff of 25 work in 5 buildings with a total square footage of at most 10,000 square feet. Additional space is needed urgently. The excellent reputation of the school is drawing new students. With the help of Richard Katongle, the Headmaster, we were able to meet with a very skilled local contractor to negotiate material and labor costs for the next phase; the formation of a perimeter beam and cross beams. These are concrete with rebar enforcement. They were done in 8 days. Funds were donated for these beams, the next layer of bricks and all labour for the roof. The Ministry of Forestry is expected to provide the rafters for the roof. The quality of the construction is excellent. Not a single power tool has been used.   

The next phase is the steel roof. The labour funds were donated yet the material costs are outstanding at about $3000.00 USD. Richard is actively looking for sources funding (Government, school and community) as I will once back in Kingston.

 

DISCUSIONS: July 7, 2009:

Meeting: BLK Muwonge S. School, Ntunda, Uganda

Richard Katongole, James Musoke (contractor), Hugh Langley

Topic: Multipurpose Building: (3300 square feet)

To date: Foundation, brick walls to 10 feet: funded by school fees, parents, Ugandan Government: 6.28 M. UGS.

Next phases: 

               i.            Perimeter beam, cross beams to architects specs: 2.2075 M: funded by Montrose/ Langley

              ii.            Labour for bricking above perimeter beam: 0.5M: funded by M/L

             iii.            Labour for roofing: 0.6M: funded by M/L

            iv.            Rafters for roof: 2.4 M funded by National Forrest Authority

At this stage the spending will total 11.99M UGS with 72% from the school, community and Ugandan Government.

The next critical phase in the purchase of the steel roofing at 5.85M.

The remaining phases and quotations have all been received. The remaining costs are for doors, windows, glass, plastering in and outside walls, cement floor and porch and electrical work.

In total the project will cost:

11.99 + 27.4 = 39.4M UGS (~C$21,000.00 or $6.45/square foot).

As this new building is nearly identical to one built two years ago under the direction of Richard (without outside funding) this project has not incurred any significant architectural or engineering costs.

Richard was instrumental in having a new building built in 2007. He is meticulous in his record keeping and details of all of these projects. He has also been instrumental in recruiting excellent teachers and staff.

All labour will be supplied by local village tradesmen. The majority of materials will be from the immediate area as well.

The cost is at least 40 to 50% less than what would be expected had the project been put out to formal tenders with major contractors from Kampala or Jinja.

With the kind help of John Geddes of Kingston, we have been accepted as a formal project with CanAssist African Relief Trust. People can now make directed donations to the BLK Muwonge School Multipurpose building project. Elizabeth Muwonge and I will begin making presentations next week with our initial goal of raising $3000.00 for the steel roof by September 15, 2009.

Here is the link to CanAssist. Our project is number 8. You will also be able to see the other fine projects this group is working on in Eastern Africa.

www.canassistafrica.ca

3. Teaching:  all grades: topics:

 

Canada: an overview of history, geography, industry, culture, religions, government, health care, immigration, agriculture and industry.

Sexual health: Aids, sexual diseases, teenage pregnancy, alcohol and illicit drugs.

Chemistry, biology and physics classes were also taught.

In all, the girls and I taught 19 lectures of 100 minutes each. The questions from the kids were excellent. Their attention and appreciation was remarkable.

Hugh

 

 

 

 

Addendum August13, 2009: With the kind help of John Geddes of Kingston, we have been accepted as a formal project with CanAssist African Relief Trust. People can now make directed donations to the BLK Muwonge School Multipurpose building project. Elizabeth Muwonge and I will begin making presentations next week with our initial goal of raising $3000.00 for the steel roof by September 15, 2009.

Here is the link to CanAssist. Our project is number 8. You will also be able to see the other fine projects this group is working on in Eastern Africa.

www.canassistafrica.ca


2 Comments

Pam Jessop:
July 2, 2009
Looking forward to your travelogue! It sounds as though you will be busy. Pam
Doina:
July 28, 2009
Hi Hugh,

Thanks for sharing your web journal with me.
What an exciting trip you had with your girls - and all for a good cause! Congratulations!
Altough I am a Rotarian myself, I haven't had a chance yet to go abroad and volunteer - but I hope I will in the near future.
All the best,
Doina
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