Poverty Alleviation Projects
Report on the construction of three classrooms and a school office
in Kisala Singa, Democratic Republic of Congo (translated from French)
--October 2006 project
On June 28-29 we went to the Madiakoko region which goes from Kisala Singa
to Kobo Ngoyi in the Nganda Tsundi/Maduda area with Ian Redmond as part of a
Great Apes Survival Project (GRASP) mission. While we stayed in a local
village, the population explained the problems that are the cause of their
under-development. Among these problems, we chose to address illiteracy due
to the lack of schools near the village (the closest school is 10 kilometers
away). Children of less than 10 years old have problems going to school
because of the length of the trip. Monsieur Ian Redmond promised that he
could help with building 3 classrooms and a school office in the village to
allow children younger than 10 years old to go to school (i.e. children in
1st, 2nd and 3rd grade).
Once back in Europe, Mr. Ian Redmond was able to contact his friend Mr. Adam
of The $10 Club in the US. The latter did not hesitate to contribute to
relieve the misery of our brothers and we are expressing our warmest thanks.
They gave us US $ 3,300 which we were able to withdraw on October 14, 2006
in the city of Boma.
- Building Work done
- The following were built: a building with three classrooms built in
conformity with standard measurements for classrooms of this age group, and
a school office with two rooms.
- Other work done: leveling of the ground, building of a stone foundation
for the building, building of the walls, framing of the roof, flooring of
the classrooms and of the school office, roofing, inclusion of school boards
in each classroom on the cement wall (one per classroom), sawing of some of
the components of the wooden frame for the roof (which was done with a
rented chain saw which required gas and oil), transport of building
- Allocation of the funds received
Transport to and from Boma and stay in Boma to withdraw the funds allocated: $21
Purchase of roofing shingles: $1500
Purchase of 25 bags of cement: $625
Purchase of 70 liters of gas: $98
Purchase of 24 kilograms of nails: $50
Purchase of 7 liters of lubricant: $20
Renting chain saw to saw the wooden frame of the roof and other wooden
Invoice for hired help (used for the paving work and the construction work): $300
Invoice for the framing and roofing: $200
Transport of building material: $128
Cost of food supplies for 6 people for 4 weeks: $108
- Difficulties encountered and Conclusion
We started construction in the middle of the rainy season when it rains
throughout the day and consequently had difficulties accessing the road
going from Tshela to Kisala Singa. Transportation of construction materials
was made difficult - roof shingles were transported by the population of the
village from Nganda Tsundi which is 22 kilometers away from Kisala Singa.
I would like to inform you that we were able to obtain the approval of
provincial authorities in charge of primary and secondary education which
are necessary to make this school an accredited school.
I would like to thank you in the name of all of those involved (population,
authorities, my family and myself) for the help. I wish long life to the 10$
club and I thank you for the help provided to DRC and to the world.