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School construction

Until the start of our school project in early 2011, the village of Mushapo did not have their own school. To spare the children their daily long walk to neighboring villages and in order that more children can get a good education, ADH made the realization of a school project in Mushapo its goal. The school project is meant to last: Several school buildings with bright spacious classrooms of solid, durable materials should guarantee a permanent school operation no matter what the weather conditions. In addition, important new jobs will be created in the rural area by building schools and the operation thereof.

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
May 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
Apr 2014

The third building is created - the roof is ready.

The construction phase of the third school building has begun on the site south of Mushapo. The roof is ready. The roof was made first, so that the rest of the construction work can go on uninterrupted during the rainy season. This building will have four new classrooms of brick.  
The third building is created - the roof is ready.
Mar 2014

New plans for the next brick building

We are planning on how the next two brick buildings can be built most efficiently. We decide on two long buildings, each with 4 classrooms. The new buildings will, together with the existing brick building on our property, form a U-shape. Right away new bricks are manufactured for this project. The men dig clay from the new pit and the women take them to the warehouse, where the clay is pressed. As soon as the bricks are pressed and have dried, they are burned.
New plans for the next brick building
Feb 2014

Preparations for the construction in Mushapo

After his arrival in the Congo, Jos first spends a month in Kinshasa in order to make important preparations. He visits our friends and supporters and gathers new materials and tools for Mushapo. On the way there, in Tshikapa, he buys food for the next month. He is accompanied to Mushapo by a team from "Denys", so they can see our progress on the project for themselves. With their truck, the "Denys" Team also transported 2000 liters of drinking water, cement, and diesel for the generator. The generator needed some repairs, a new battery and other parts that are not so easy to find out there. A not functional generator means no light at night, no charging of batteries, and no telephone or internet communication for some time.
Preparations for the construction in Mushapo
Jan 2014

Temporary school buildings damaged

This year's rainy season brings extremely strong storms with it. Some walls of the temporary school buildings (and other buildings) are destroyed. We can undo the damage again, but it means extra work. At least it urges us to proceed rapidly with the construction of other solid school buildings.
Temporary school buildings damaged
Dec 2013

Our end-of-the-year interim conclusion

In 2013, we started both south and north of Mushapo with the construction of school buildings. The first 20 x 4 meters large brick building in the north has been completed and is being used for school operations for two classes. The second 20 x 6 meters large building south of Mushapo is almost finished, but the completion is somewhat delayed. This building has two large classrooms for teaching, plus a staff room and a room for the headmaster. Beginning next year we will finish this brick building.  
Our end-of-the-year interim conclusion

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 The greatest reward was when I stood one morning before the school and the children sang with all their heart beautiful songs as a token of their gratitude.

Our school is growing - now 150 students

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