Project myemyela :)
For four weeks at Easter 2017, a group of 39 year two undergraduate architecture students and 6-8 academic and technical staff from the University of Nottingham: Department of Architecture & Built Environment will construct a new pre-school facility at the Rethuseng Créche in Lephepane Village, Limpopo. South Africa.
As a community of architecture students, we feel very strongly about using the skills we are learning to improve the world we share. Our passion for this has drawn us to the village of Lephepane, a rural village of the Limpopo region of South Africa. This is one of the poorest, least developed parts of the country with high levels of unemployment. The children in the community currently hold their lessons in a single concrete room, with no water supply and very basic toilet provisions
With your help, Project Myemyela aims to drastically improve their current facilities. We want to provide a bright, clean and safe environment for the children to learn in with new classrooms, kitchen facilities, improved toilets and a reliable water supply that we hope will be shared with the whole community.
Over the last 4 months we have been designing these facilities and with your help and support we will travel to Lephepane to build it ourselves! We cant wait to build this for the community we've been designing for and meet the children whose lives you can help impact.
Where will the money go?
- By donating, you will help buy materials, equipment and in some cases employ local skilled labour.
- Students are paying for flights and accommodation separately.
- We pride ourselves on expending over 90% of the funds raised for construction within 50km of the site, supporting the local community by buying materials.
- Companies! If you would like to talk to us about sponsoring the project, please do get in touch
As an example here are some of our costs:
- £200 will pay for a new hygienic toilet
- £250 washing station
- £300 solar water heater
- £400 site tent
- £500 for a water pump
- £500 electric supply
- £1000 for a borehole
- £1500 shipping container
- £2000 for timber
- £2000 for blocks
- £3000 vehicle hire
- £5000 for steel
- £5000 contractors
- £9000 will pay for concrete slab
- £25 - Handmade 'Sponsor a Brick' Lego Key ring
- £50 - 12" x 16.5" Print of the finished school
- £100 - Framed photo of finished school
- £1000 - Plaque with your name on the finished school
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Yesterday was a difficult day on site. We began work without any power in the morning due to electric maintenance in the village. This meant no power tools and we were forced to fill in the time with tasks that can be done by hand, slowing down progress. By 3pm we managed to get hold of a generator which meant we were able to fix the purlins (the beams which support the steel roofing) to the roof structure. However once in place it was clear there was an issue with the angles cut in the purlins. This set us back once again meaning all the angles were to be recut as closely as possible (to avoid any significant loss of overhang).
Another team was working on roof beams for pod 2 (kitchen) which also had a number of set backs, but after resolving the corner details the first beam was able to be fixed and we're hopeful that the kitchen roof will be finished by today!
Today we managed to resolve yesterday's problems and we're back on track for completion: we had power back today, all 38 purlins are recut and ready to fix to the roof tomorrow.
During our lunch break we have been able to get to play with all our little clients (the children who will be using the school).
The photo below shows the corner detail of the kitchen roof that we completed.
The first phase team is coming to the end of their time building in South Africa which means the project is underway! They have made a great start to the project which you can see in the photos attached.
Currently the main frame of the building of each room is up (for the main class room, infants room and office) and the steal frame for the covered courtyard is up despite it's late delivery and amazingly we are actually running ahead of schedule for the build!
The second phase are eagerly preparing to leave for South Africa to go and finish the project for our excited clients.
The first phase team is coming to the end of their time building in South Africa which means the project is underway! They have made a great start to the project which you can see in the photos attached. Currently the main frame of the building of each room is up (for the main class room, infants room and office) and the steal frame for the covered courtyard is up despite it's late delivery and amazingly we are actually running ahead of schedule for the build! The second phase are eagerly preparing to leave for South Africa to go and finish the project for our excited clients.
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