Its been a busy few months since our last update in August on the progress of our new block. Although the rains have been falling heavily, our builder has still made remarkable progress and we are very pleased with the result to-date. With the arrival of Papa Kevin in late August, work seemed to turn up an notch and with his approval of the work so far it was all systems go.
With the blockwork on the outside walls nearly complete, the block took shape and it was easy to see both the quality of the work and the sizes of the rooms. The IT laboratory looks very impressive and can have a capacity of 30 pupils working with the teacher. Thanks to Claire’s fundraising on the Great North Run, we now have the money to buy a new projector and screen which will be a great teaching asset for Godfrey during lessons.
Sarina & Leah along with pupils from different classes at St Bernadette Mary School spent the morning with Papa Kevin & Godfrey ensuring that the tables in the computer room are built at the proper height. These are going to be built with blocks and a terrazzo top, again this is low maintenance and can stand the day to day wear & tear from the pupils.
The next part of the construction for the roof is very laborious, first they had to erect steel purlins, then tying wire like guitar strings that hold up the rolls of insulation that keeps the heat becoming unbearable in the rooms from the corrugated roofing sheets.
This is labour intensive and also if not done properly will cause problem within a few years of the construction. This week the roof is 50% complete so we are hoping for the building to be water tight over the next ten days as we are expecting the short rains during this month. The Fundi’s onsite are very exact about the quality of their work and we appreciate their efforts.
We were very happy to welcome Amanda & David Hampton back to The GLO to see the progress on our block. They were also impressed with the progress and the quality of the work. We are hoping they return for our opening of the new block in early 2016. They are great ambassadors for our charity.
Asante Sana to our donor family, without their generosity we would not be able to develop this much needed extension to our exisiting project. It will be a benefit to our GLO children, the pupils of SBM School and as always to the surrounding neighbourhood who will be welcome to use the facilities on offer as well.