Construction of New School Building
On the 14th April, 2019 after all the necessary legal documents and contracts had been signed, construction work finally commenced on the building of a new, permanent school for Patmos school children.
Under the supervision of the contractor and his team of engineers and the foreman, work started on the preparation of the land. As most of the excavation work has to be done manually, a team of local unemployed young men were recruited to help dig the foundations. In this way the project is also helping provide temporary work for some of the people in Mathare 4B District. A Clerks of Work will be regularly checking on the progress of the build and a local Elder will be working closely with the foreman on the project.
A Three Phase electric power line has now been connected to the bore hole which is sited in the school compound, and the pump is now connected to the borehole. This means there is now a good source of clean water on site.
Before the work started on the demolition of the old school structure and the digging of the foundations, a prayer ceremony was held on the school site which is commonly known as ‘Ground-breaking Prayers’, and these prayers are said prior to the commencement of building a new structure. Present at this event were the Headmaster, the Country-Representative-Kenya of Orphan Outreach, the Quantity Surveyor, the Architect, the Contractor, the Elder and the Head boy and Head girl from Patmos School.
6th May, 2019:
Work on the foundations is progressing well and steel bars have now been fixed on the foundation and concrete laid to hold them in place. It is anticipated that the laying of the foundations will be completed in the next couple of days and work can then commence on the erecting of the walls of the building.
In June there was a site meeting where the architect, clerk of works and construction engineers were present to evaluate the progress of the building work. Also present at the meeting was Tom Wambulwa representing Orphan Outreach.
Both Mike Douris, the President of Orphan Outreach and Amy Norton the Co-Founder and Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Orphan Outreach visited Patmos School in July and they were able to have substantive discussions with the architects, clerk of works and contractors at that time. The Headmaster is also liaising closely with the builders and all the stakeholders to ensure the school is built to a high standard and is completed on time.
We are delighted to report that by August much progress had been achieved on site and the Headmaster reported that work on the ground floor walls had been completed and that the next stage would be the casting of the first floor. The second phase of the school building work is due to commence shortly.
In September the casting of the first floor of the building was successfully completed. Work is now commencing on raising the columns on which the second floor will rest. Once this work has been finished the concrete surrounding the columns will be left to harden for 21 days before the casting of the second floor can be done.
The Clerks of Work has reported that with regard to the main school building that progress has been made on the main structure and that they are currently preparing to cast the second floor slab. The foundations and columns have also been completed for the tank tower and that the construction work is progressing well and is on schedule.
Construction of the new school is progressing well with the plastering of the walls well underway and the installation of the windows.
It is with much joy that we can announce that the 'Dedication Ceremony' of the new Patmos Junior School building will take place on 20th January, 2020 at 10.00 am.
Our heartfelt thanks go to Mr Steve Spencer, Director and Board Member at Orphan Outreach for funding this new school building.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the other kind donors who have played a significant part in making this all possible for the children.
To read about the land acquisition over the last few years that has made the building of this new school possible. click here.
In May the foundations were dug.
Photos above of the site meeting in June 2019
Photos above of the school building August 2019
Photos above of the school building September 2019
Photos above of the school building October 2019
Photos above of the school building November 2019