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'Ground Breaking' Prayer Ceremony

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.

June 2019:

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.

July 2019:

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.

August 2019:

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.

September 2019:

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. 

October 2019:

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.

We are extremely grateful to Orphan Outreach donors who have made this all possible. It is anticipated that the new school build project will take approximately six months to complete.

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