After an eventful decade we are ready to launch into a new one. Last time we got in touch with you, our two founders Laura & Ivan had returned from Mozambique and we were preparing for the upcoming Alt-Rixdorfer Christmas Market.
The new year started with joyous news: we were so fortunate to get funded by the Fly & Help-Foundation in order to start the re-construction of the “Centro Educativo Madre Laura” a school in San Andrés, Putumayo, Colombia.
Looking at the upcoming and ongoing projects, a lot of preparations are almost finished, construction is about to begin and communities are going to experience change, so stay posted!
We have brought all our finished, as well as unfinished, projects with us into the new year in order to sharpen our focus on two of the ongoing projects: the expansion of a school in Koforidua (Ghana) and the re-construction of a school in San Andrés (Putumayo, Colombia) to start construction this Spring. Later on in the year, the construction of the Humbi Farm outside of Xai-Xai (Mozambique) will begin.
With the generous funding from our donors and the persistent work of our partner organizations and volunteers, the two projects in questions are fully fledged and will slowly take form during the next months.
The re-construction of the school in San Andrés, supported by our partner organization Fundación Catalina Muñoz and the substantial donation we received, will begin in Spring, with the goal to construct a total of 5 classrooms in two buildings. The school that stood there previously was demolished due to building flaws and there is an education gap to be filled.
The school project in Koforidua, Ghana in partnership with River of Blessing Foundation, is already underway andeveryone is working hard to make every little detail ready in order for the construction to be as successful as possible. Our objective is to build six additional classrooms, each holding a total of about 20-25 children, using sustainable materials while engaging local workers and organizations. The existing space currently being used as a school and opened back in 2013 and consists of a kindergarten, a nursery and primary school.
Construction in Koforidua, Ghana
Part of the construction of the school in Koforidua is being supervised by our architect-volunteer Florian for the first month and then our architect volunteer Masa will supervise the next two months. Both will be traveling to Koforidua to be closer to the process in order to learn and gain more experience, but also to support the local organization with the expertise of the WEbuilding team.
To make this school construction happen WEbuilding has partnered up with the local organization River of Blessing Foundation – locally represented by Ms. Abba Hughes Lartey. Apart from the organization and the reliable workers, WEbuilding is proud to present some of the people behind this project.
The People Behind the Project
Laura, as one of the founders and managing directors of the organization, is in charge of tying everything together; including agreements, accounting, organizational contact, funding and general finance. She has the overall control of the contracts and makes sure that the donations are being used in responsible ways.
Ivan is one of WEbuilding co-founders and the Head of the Architecture team. He is responsible for project management and the whole construction chain. He has been designing the project together with other colleagues, selecting the materials and building good relationships with local contractors, all the whilst keeping track of developments in the Ghanaian currency and what effects it has on this project.
Florian joined WEbuilding in 2019 as a member of the architecture team. After having contributed his expertise to the design of various projects, he will now be one of the architects supervising the construction site in Koforidua. He travelled to Koforidua on the 22nd of February to support and monitor the construction process, whilst getting hands-on experience and learning new solutions. Besides being present with his expertise as an architect, Florian will also support the local organization with the accounting standards of the donors. Transparency has the highest priority for WEbuilding.
As an integrated part of the architect team, Masa will travel to Koforidua as well to continue Florian’s tasks after his departure in one month. He will keep track of the development, all the while contributing his expertise, architectural knowledge and experience.
Our woman on the ground, Abba Hughes-Lartey, founder of the River of Blessing Foundation, is in charge of the facilitation of the project. Besides having years of experience in the Ghanaian educational system, she knows the area where the school is being built and has had the opportunity to set up a place for the visiting contract workers in the school building.
She will be handling accounting, finance and project management at site. Because of her role as supervisor on the project, she has the overall plan for the usage of the rooms in the school and is therefore fit as our contact person.
As usual any donation – large or small – is much appreciated and will be used for our ongoing projects in Mozambique, Ghana and Colombia. Furthermore, any purchase on our Etsy store is also just as helpful because the profit will solely support our projects.
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