Raise a Storm of Good Hope – Stormont Madubela School
Together with the principal and the teachers we have decided on the following steps to assist the Stormont Madubela School.
As a first step we will raise the boundary walls so that it becomes more difficult to jump over them and carry valuables out of the school. While raising the wall, we will built a brand new abolition block and extend the existing one. We aim for 16 toilets fully functional with running water and separated between female and male. We have secured the help of an experienced builder who will assist for cost price and we will use further help from within the community. We aim to start as soon as we have raised the required funds of approximately ZAR 250.000,-
Once step one is finished we would like to start raising funds for the following step. We wish to extend the containers in order to create more room for the learners. This will also please the Department of Education who require by law a certain square meter per learner. In addition the classrooms will be isolated. Currently the winters are extremely cold and wet and the summers are unpleasantly hot. We need to change that.
As our long-term vision we would like to build for the learners a proper school built with bricks they can be proud of.
(( UPDATE 28th of August 2014 ))
Building to start within 2 weeks
With the help of many friends, but in particular the Germany based Stiftung “Ein Herz für Kinder“, the Rotary Club Wetter-Herdeck, the Switzerland based NGO “Verein Ubuntu” and the Rotary Club of Cape Town Noon Gun we were able to raise a substantial amount of funds for the Stormont Madubela School.
During the past weeks we have looked at three different builders and compared quotes. We have approached the Cape Town Company Petroplan who is willing to donate various building equipment ranging from toilet bowls to ceiling boards. After quite a lenghty vetting process we decided to engange with the company Relo. The owner, German immigrant Reinhold Lofink, has supported the project for over two years now, has visited the site several times and will also be able to guide the project out of one hand without using subcontractors. This was important in order to ensure a reliable quality and also a clear responsibility for the implementation. The first phase will see the erection of nearly a complete new ablution facilities. We will use parts of the existing structures, but considerable enlarge them. The children will get a proper roof over the area in front of the new facilities where drinking fountains will be erected. We engaged with local architect Jaco Reverchon who donated all his time for free for our project and who really came up with many fantastic ideas.
We will tear down the low concrete outside wall and replace it with iron fencing which will be much higher but also wich will create a see through open feeling. During the first phase the school will also get a complete new entrance gate and all broken windows and doors will be fixed. We expect the project to take 2 months. It will be done while the school is active. We are super exited that we finally start and we will keep you updated!
How can you help?
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