Lots of activity at the background…

The building of the different buildings of the school complex is going well.
This is largely down to the good collaboration of all those involved and to the availability of funds.

Procurement of materials for the building process is done at the Mzuzu office of the Eva Demaya Centre. In Mzuzu most of the materials are readily available in bulk compared to Rumphi, the town nearest to where the project is being carried out.
 
 
 
Mr Lameck Munthali is the procurement manager and he goes around town to different shops to collect quotations for the requested needed. Thereafter the 4-person procurement committee sits down to compare prices and selects the best mix of affordable prices and good quality materials; the materials order is then placed. The collection of building materials is done by the procurement officer together with one member of the procurement committee. After collecting the materials from the suppliers, they are transported to the project site which is about 100 km from Mzuzu City. The materials are kept at the stores on the building site after being delivered, and are supervised by the Stores Clerk.

The photos here show the latest progress on the buiding site: the first school building is roofed with iron sheets, while the second school block is at beam level.

School takes form

In the meantime it’s October and the building activities show great progress. The outlines of some of the buildings can already been seen. The first house for teaching staff has been roofed with iron sheets. For another staff house the windows has been put in place. For one of the school buildings the slabs (footing level) are ready, for another one the floor has been prepared and builders have started with building the corners.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The moulding of the Stabilized breeze blocks is an ongoing activity which is very labour- intensive. It starts with the carrying of water by some local women to the area where the clay is prepared.
After mixing the water, clay and some other ingredients, the substance is moulded in the forms and from then the sun does its work. It’s an impressive sight, this large field of bricks side by side.
Transporting of breeze-blocks from one point to another within the site is a real challenge. The project management team is investigating whether hiring a lorry would be more effective and can be done within the budget.
 

Kick-off for the Luviri secondary school building project

Preparation of the building site

For the building of Luviri Secondary School 8 hectares of land were donated by the owner, a local farmer, Mr Kanyerere Gondwe. The parcel is located at about 3 kilometres east of the Centre in a remote and uncultivated area with almost no houses. It is a good and quiet surrounding for a new school.

In May building activities for the Luviri secondary school officially started when the constructor Mr Bosco Zgambo signed a contract with the centre.
Also crucial to the building project was the installation of a water tap by Nkhamanga water users. And community members kicked off the project by clearing the land.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Storage room and builders house

Because the out-of-the-way location offers no existing place for the accomodation of the builders and storage of building materials, the first thing to do was to build a temporary, simple structure as housing for the builders and storage of equipment and materials.


 
 
 
The storage place and workers’ house are being built with bricks donated by the community. The roof is made of recycled iron sheets. To further keep the cost as low as possible, the building of these temporary structures is being carried out by local bricklayers and the Centre’s carpenter. Meekness Mfune has been employed as stores clerk and is responsible for the material management.
 
Kicking off building of school structures
The preparation of the building of the school structures started with the production of the Stabilised Soil Blocks (SSB) by some specially selected stabilised soil block makers and is now in progress.
For transportation of bricks and sand a ten-ton truck has been commissioned.
 

 
 
As of this writing (end of June 2018) the first foundations – those of the teachers’ houses – can be seen as the first result of hard work!