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Construction d' écoles
Construction  d' écoles

Construction d' écoles

Jusqu’au départ de notre projet, début de 2011, le village de Mushapo n’avait pas d’école propre. Ainsi, pour éviter que les enfants aient à se rendre à l’école chaque jour dans les villages voisins par un chemin très long et fatiguant et aussi pour permettre à plus d'enfants de recevoir une bonne éducation, ADH s’est fixé comme objectif la réalisation d’une école à Mushapo. Le projet d'école est durable : Plusieurs bâtiments scolaires et salles de classe spacieuses et lumineuses, construites en matériaux solides et durables, doivent permettre en permanence, par toutes les conditions météorologiques, un fonctionnement sûr de l’école. En outre, de nouveaux emplois importants peuvent être créés par la construction de l'école et du système scolaire dans la région rurale.

Déc 2014

The second school building is almost finished

The second school building on the grounds is already half finished. The wooden structure with the tin roof is ready and the foundation is laid. One by one the bricks for the walls are carefully placed. The students from the secondary level help with transporting the bricks from the kiln to the site. At the same time more bricks are burned on the campus for the next brick building. Each of these buildings will consist of 4 classrooms, making the school, along with the two classrooms of the first building, have a total of 10 classrooms made of durable materials. This gives the school a good future because the temporary school buildings, the old farm houses made of mud, will not last much longer. All the other farm houses that were not constantly repaired have collapsed, and it is high time to move the school into the new brick buildings.
The second school building is almost finished
Déc 2014

We can finally continue building

Construction work on our third building is back in full swing. Metal sheets are placed and nailed down on the existing wooden rafters for the roof, the trenches for the foundation are dug and more bricks are made for the masonry. Unfortunately we lost 70 bags of cement due to the building freeze because after half a year they cured under the wet weather conditions. For new cement we have to go again to Angola because it is much cheaper there, than in Tshikapa. So Jean went to the Angolan border and bought the required cement which will be transported with cargo bikes to Mushapo. With 5 bags per bicycle, the cement is transported a distance of 100 km and will arrive in Mushapo after 4 to 5 days.
We can finally continue building
Nov 2014

The end of the building freeze – A small victory over corruption

So far all attempts were unsuccessful: even the governor of the region of West Kasai was unable to deter chief Mungamba from claiming half of our building materials and lots of money. André organized a meeting with the Minister of Education, Mr. Maker Mwumba, who himself comes from Tshikapa and knows the situation on the ground quite well. He believes that especially in this region of the Congo, where many people are nomadic, schools are very much needed. The nomadic conditions have a negative effect on the level of education of the children, which is why he welcomed our involvement with enthusiasm. The Minister of Education was shocked by the behavior of Chef Mungamba, stepped in, and after a week all our confiscated materials were returned. Now at last we can continue. Shortly thereafter, the Minister informed himself about the situation - A man with vision!
The end of the building freeze – A small victory over corruption
Oct 2014

New impetus by the village community

After the traditional Grand Chief's call for an absurdly high bribe brought the work on our third building to a stand still, we got to explore new ways to tackle corruption and lack of vision for development. In the mean time the displeasure of the village population of Mushapo with the behavior of the Grand Chief became so strong, that even the villagers themselves tried in various ways to influence him. For example, the new head of our school parent committee urged chief Muyeji to call his supervisor (chief Mungamba) and tell him firmly about the atmosphere in the village, namely, that the school construction should proceed without delay. Meanwhile, the administrator of the Kamonia region visited our school in Mushapo. When he heard of this dispute and also saw that we lost about 70 bags of cement because they cured, he also promised to get on the Grand Chief’s case. It's great to see how the local population stands up and fights for what is right.
New impetus by the village community
Sep 2014

Many helping hands - we hope for improvement

As the Grand Chief from Mungamba still doesn’t show any understanding and the building freeze continues, we try from all sides possible to change the situation to make the Grand Chief give in. Gilbert telephoned Chief Mungamba but he still insists on us paying bribes. Another attempt was launched by Andre, who called the Governor in Kananga who was amazed that the problem was still not resolved and promised to get in touch with chief Mungamba and try to influence him in our favor. In Kinshasa, Wolfgang had a successful meeting with the German Ambassador, Dr. Wolfgang Manig and Mr. Stumpf, responsible for development cooperation. Both showed great interest in our project and offered their support. In the meantime Jean tried in Tshikapa to advance the necessary registration of our property at the Cadastre. There too was outrage over the behavior of the Chief Mungamba. With this new tailwind we are encouraged that the deadlock will soon be dissolved.
Many helping hands - we hope for improvement
Mai 2014

We are forced to an unexpected halt with the construction

After the framework of our new school building was completed, we wanted to use the well-preserved corrugated iron roof from the old clay buildings that had collapsed and use them to make a roof for our new school building. But then unexpected the traditional Grand Chief of Mungamba, came into play as he sensed an opportunity to demand bribes before we could build on. His reasoning for this is so absurd that it even displeases us to publish this. Also mediating talks could not bring him to the realization that with his demands he forces a freeze on the construction and thereby harms his region. We are now trying different ways to influence him so that we can re-start the construction work soon and finalize the new school building as quickly as possible.
We are forced to an unexpected halt with the construction
Avr 2014

Le troisième bâtiment se construit – la charpente est terminée

La construction du troisième bâtiment a commencé sur la zone au sud de Mushapo. La charpente est déjà achevée. Le toit sera terminé en priorité pour que pendant la saison des pluies, les travaux de construction puissent continuer sans perturbation. Ce bâtiment sur le nouveau campus est prévu pour 4 nouvelles classes construites en briques.
Le troisième bâtiment se construit – la charpente est terminée
Mar 2014

Nouveaux plans pour les prochains bâtiments en briques

Nous réfléchissons à la façon la plus rentable possible pour construire les prochains deux bâtiments en briques à Mushapo. Nous choisissons la variante avec deux longs bâtiments et 4 salles de classe. Ainsi, avec les constructions déjà existantes ils formeront un U. Nous produisons immédiatement des nouvelles briques pour ce projet. Les hommes creusent de nouveau le sol argileux et les femmes l’apportent au dépôt pour en faire des briques. Dès que 4000 pierres seront formées et séchées, elles seront cuites.
Nouveaux plans pour les prochains bâtiments en briques
  Notre projet est un énorme encouragement pour les gens de Mushapo et les villages environnants, car une bonne éducation est le gage d’un meilleur avenir pour leurs enfants.

314 élèves, 4 villages, 10 salles de classe, 10 enseignants

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