Annex Construction Going On

We wish to inform all sponsors, donors and friends of Help Liberia Foundation Community School in Buchanan that the construction of the annex for which funds were raised last year is going on.

Construction in progress

Construction in progress

Before going further, we wish to inform you about two very important changes we have made in the original plan. First, we are constructing a two-classroom annex, instead of the one-room annex originally announced. Second, we are constructing a concrete structure (a more guaranteed structure) instead of the mat structure originally mentioned.

Construction in progress

Construction in progress

Because of these changes and others, the construction requires new materials which were not needed for the original mat structure, causing us to enter additional expenses for such things as:

  1. Blocks/bricks
  2. Crushed rocks
  3. Two panel doors
  4. Steel rods
  5. Colomos for the windows
  6. More cement for the foundation, for the elevation, for the fixing of concrete leanto, for the plastering of walls, and for the fixing of the floor.
  7. Etc.
Construction in progress

Construction in progress

The two-classroom structure, whose construction started last month, contains two doors and six windows. We decided on the six windows because we wish to use colomos at the windows, instead of timber. In this instance, more windows would be needed for proper lighting and ventilation.

Construction in progress

Construction in progress

This is a quick breakdown of what we have been able to use or obtain in terms of materials and money:

  1. 1200 blocks @$0.55 ================ $660
  2. Sand =========================== $75
  3. 20 bags of cement @$10 ============= $200
  4. 15 Steel rods @$7   ================= $105
  5. 15 bags of crushed rocks @$2 ========= $30
  6. 12 pieces of wawa @$5 ============== $60
  7. Part payment of Workmanship ======== $150
  8. Lease agreement for use of land for annex = $200
  9. Transportation of 1200 blocks @$0.06 === $72
  10. Other transportation costs =========== $45
  11. Wire nails ====================== $3
  12. 15 bags of crushed rocks @$2 ========= $30
  13. Tying wire ====================== $5

  TOTAL                                                                $1,635

Builders at work

Builders at work

In short, we have already expended $1,635 on the two-classroom structure being constructed. We also used $210 on the kitchen; meaning, we have used $1,845 on construction altogether.

However, as you will recall, the total amount raised for the original annex construction was $1,825, from which PayPal deducted $68.40 as service charge, making the actual balance on hand to be $1,756.60.

Builders at work

Builders at work

The foundation and the elevation, including the concrete leanto above the doors and windows are completed. However, we are still left with the following jobs: placing the colomos in the window slots, roofing and zincing the structure, plastering the walls, fixing the floor, and painting the structure.

The walls are complete

The walls are complete

As things and prices stand at present, we need the following items to finish the construction:

  1. 16 bags of cement (for plastering and floor) @$10 == $160
  2. 20 pcs of ceiling @$7 ===================== $140
  3. 10 pcs of (2 by 6) planks @$5 =============== $50
  4. 20 pcs of (2-by-4) planks @$4 =============== $80
  5. 20 pcs of (2-by-2) planks @$2 =============== $40
  6. 3 bundles of zinc @$125 =================== $375
  7. 2 pks of zinc nails @$5 ==================== $10
  8. 130 Colomos @$1 =======================  $130
  9. 2 doors @$75 ========================== $150
  10. balance workmanship ====================  $175

    TOTAL                                                                           $1,310

The walls are complete

The walls are complete

Many thanks to all those who helped us raise the first amount. At this point, we are NOT going to launch another fundraising campaign for the completion of the two-classroom annex; however, we will appreciate any assistance anyone provides in this direction.

Donation may be sent to our PayPal account managed by our Swedish sponsors or directly to the school’s bank account at:

Help Liberia Foundation Community School
129-200-050-420-19
ECOBANK Liberia
Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County, Republic of Liberia
Swift Code: ECOCLRLM

The walls are complete

The walls are complete

Once again, we extend our sincere thanks to all of you who are helping us to provide education to scores of needy kids in Buchanan. We are all partners in progress.

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One response to “Annex Construction Going On

  1. Pingback: Update on Annex Construction – Part 2 | Help Liberia Foundation Community School

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