The Well, Latrines and the School
Our plan is to build the school that this town needs. They need a school with brick walls, a sturdy metal roof and cement floors. This will provide the clean and dry setting needed to let these children get the serious education that they desire. In addition, a hand-pumped well is needed to provide drinking water as well as for use to make the molded bricks, which will be hand-made by the town’s elders.
First the well was built so that the town’s children have fresh clean water and that water can be used to make the bricks for the school. The well was dug by local labor at a cost of $450. Material and transportation costs along with a water pump fee add to just under $3,000 for a total cost of $3446. Latrines will be built at the same time as the school classrooms for $9,000.
The brick school will consist of six classrooms, one for each grade plus latrines, a central kitchen and a well. Plans have been drawn and reviewed by two Americans in the construction trades. The necessary well was built first as the water is needed by the town people to make the bricks for the buildings. The cost of the school materials, labor and well has been carefully itemized and compiled by Harris and his contacts. Schools of this design have been constructed in Liberia before so the costs are reliable.
The community is making over 14,000 6" x 8" x 16" inch blocks from a mixture of cement, rock and sand as the basis for the foundation and walls. Other building supplies needed are too numerous to mention in total but include steel rods, nails, timber, anchor bolts, zinc sheeting. The 5 acre school site is cleared and once the blocks are made an experienced 15 man crew from nearby will actually build the school rooms, latrines and kitchen. The government said they will provide teachers when the school is completed.
The Project Budget
Office/library $3500 completed
Brick/block making $14,000 ongoing
Lumber cutting $2200 ongoing
Building Materials $35,000
Contractor and Labor $20,000
Contingency $ 5,500
Latrines $ 9,000
Shipping books & materials $ 10,500
Total Cost $109,700
Donated and cleared a five acre building site
Making 14,000 mortar bricks
Cut lumber for beams and structure
Paint and maintain buildings