Where are we now
Rotary Club has committed $62,000, 100% of the 1st phase construction of a kitchen and a bakery. TR has secured .3 hectare land for the first 2 phases and are negotiating to buy neighboring plots, total .8 hectare. GAC has completed the conceptual masterplan for the site and schematic design of the two phases. GAC will also act as contractor and train local people, especially women, in building skills and management, as we have done in all past projects. GAC owns 2 ISSB machines and has found a local brick source. We have engaged all necessary subcontractors but need a more experienced structural engineer.
An indication of our team’s capacity:
5% funding already raised
90% expertise already found
90% materials / equipment already found
100% builders already found
Finance: € 202,794
Funding is needed for Phase II, 2 classrooms and a cafeteria to serve lunch to 150 students, accommodating half the school at a time or be rented for conferences. School lunch is the only meal of the day for some children and this facility would help us meet the SDG2 No Hunger while generating income for the school (SDGs 1&7). We hope to design landscape guided by soil remediation engineer Hiro-omi Takada (see below) so we can maintain healthy ecology, combat climate crises, compost waste and achieve food security (SDGs 6, 11, 12, 13 & 15). Funding will be used to train builders and construction managers, especially women, to develop their skills to achieve equity (SDGs 3, 4, 5, 8, 9 &10).
- Design and engineering services
- Contractors and subcontractors fees
- Building materials and equipment
- Landscape, infrastructure and sustainable energy
- Worker training and support programs
- Legal and accounting services
- Transportation, printing, internet
- Marketting and communications
- Research, survey, evaluation and analysis
is the director of a landscape engineering firm and NGO Chikyu-Mori (Earth Shepard) in Japan who designs healthy soil and underground waterflow, biodiverse forests and clean water, and remediates damaged ecology using his life-science and horticultural expertise. GAC hopes to invite him to train the project team in sustainable, affordable and accessible environmental management skills for rural Rwandan communities, and has secured Mr. Takada’s agreement. He has revived pre-modern Japanese techniques, and therefore, his tools and methods are low-cost and low-tech - mortarless retaining walls, permeable drainage systems and earth plaster - and replicable in Rwanda. Mr. Takada has demonstrated the effectiveness of his methods in various municipal and private projects, and has conducted numerous workshops. Please see YouTube links here
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Stuff: Equipment & tools
Simple one-story buildings such as toilets and kitchen can be built with Interlocking Stabilized Soil Blocks (ISSBs), an affordable alternative to fired bricks. We have 2 hand-operated ISSB machine from Ugandan company Makiga, and request 1 more. Though we will reduce the use of cement as much as we can, we request a small concrete mixer. GAC uses the construction site to train local builders. Many do not have good tools or safety kit such as shoes and helmets, because they cannot afford them. During the Masoro Learning and Sports Center project, GAC served breakfast and lunch for 400+ workers and contributed to their pension funds, not the Rwandan construction standard. In addition, we use extra construction space for builders to create nutritious vegetable gardens and invite agronomists to conduct wellness workshops. We request funding to support these needed programs for our builders.
We would like to host volunteers who are committed to staying in Rwanda for at least 6 months. GAC has hosted many young designers in the past, locally and internationally, to learn from the builders. We would also welcome architecture students and professionals to assist in design and completing the construction drawing set. Currently, GAC has 11 volunteers from 6 countries working from afar but contributing tremendous amount of work for our Rwandan projects.