In February 2011 we began construction of a building which is used by various groups in the village. We chose Abraham Ng’eni to project manage the build for us as he is familiar with UK standards of workmanship and would have constant communication with us. His first task was to source and price up any materials needed in Singida Town and to follow up with initialising the making of cement blocks. Local artisans began preparation of windows and doors and the roof timbers were put in place. In May Abraham travelled back to Dar es Salaam leaving his brother Elijah in charge of finishing.
In July 2011 we were lucky enough to stay a few days in the village and in fact slept in part of the new building. We were impressed by how well it had been constructed and the Ujigho (tailoring group) were already at work with their sewing machines. We placed a plaque in the main study room to officially open the building. Funds raised by this years sponsored walk were used to commission a carpenter to make a lockable cupboard,benches,tables and stools which should be completed in August. There was also enough money to purchase study material which included wall maps of Tanzania and the World plus Maths and English language books covering ages two to fourteen years. It was hoped that the school room would be used by different ages,young children in the morning and older pupils during afternoon/evening for after school lessons. Currently children are starting primary school aged seven without any prior education so this will make a huge difference. We were able to supply the teacher with basic medical items such as plasters and bandages,these will be kept locked in the office section of the building which we hope will be used for community meetings.
REPORT July 2012
The building is currently being used by 15 – 20 children during the week for after school study and 80 at the weekend when the Sunday school attends. In June 2012 we were able to transfer £200 in funds to purchase study books for secondary pupils. Ughandi B does not have a secondary school so this will help the young people from Muhuvi Primary to make the transition to Ughandi A Secondary. Due to 100 young people using this building there is a need to purchase more furniture,but this will not be undertaken until we can send someone to the village to oversee this.
REPORT July 2013
£800 of project funds have been used to complete the toilet block adjacent to the Community building and supply the study area with four more tables and a large number of chairs.
REPORT January 2014
Here is a link to the report by Mr Ng’eni who visited our projects in August 2013. It contains updates on all the users of the Community Building. The report shows some minor repairs and problems which need our attention, these will be addressed during our next visit in June 2014.
Photos of the partial construction of community toilet adjacent to the community building taken during June 2014.
REPORT July 2014
One of our first jobs when we arrived at the village was to check over the general state of the community building on the basis of our project managers report a year ago. The overal condition was good although there was slight rain damage to one gable end and the walls inside and out needed a coat of paint. One concern was that two of the rooms were insecure and it was decided to purchase new locks for all three rooms. £500 had been set aside to cover costs, so the next day we travelled to Singida Town to buy cement, paint, door locks and overflow pipes for the rain harvest tanks.
A full three days was taken up with painting the outside and study room, trying to avoid distruption of the groups using it. A local carpenter was also brought in to change the locks to save us time. Due to there being a ‘send off’ celebation for a member of the Ng’eni family who needed to use the building, we were unable to complete the work ourselves. Kisuda Orgenes was paid to finish painting, reinstate the gable end with cement and connect pipe work to the tanks.
The Community building is one of our most successful projects encumpassing as it does various mini projects and user groups designed to enable and encourage the children especially to go for a better life, to study hard and learn new skills. It is a building freely given and very much appreciated.