… It’s amazing what our workers on site have achieved in the last 3 weeks:
The foundations and floor slab have hardly finished hardening when the truck arrives with the steel construction for the walls and roof – important for the statics of the large building and the roof structure.
Everyone helps, some this way, others that way 😉
The erection of the steel construction is started immediately – we also need the support of the crane from the truck to erect the heavy roof construction.
… and as soon as the steel construction has been erected the next part begins: now it’s getting exciting and anyone who once played with “L…” as a child or teenager will remember and understand why:
Yes, it looks simple, but it’s not. It has to be worked on very precisely over the next few days, all according to a predefined plan that specifies the distribution of the various Polycare blocks and the bracing lengthwise and diagonally. The reason “why” is clear: we want to build a hall that will stand for a long, long time and even longer.
Eddy will be there at the end of next week, Uli will join a few days later. Together they will continue to accompany the construction and maybe even build a second drinking fountain for the pupils:
So we are very well on schedule, the next 1-2 weeks we will work on the walls, then comes the roof construction before we can start with the interior work (electrics, water supply for washbasin and sink).
We are on schedule, the earthworks and foundation works are done, now we are waiting for the delivery of the steel beams on Monday. Then the steel girders are erected and then the walls made of Polycare blocks can be started.
Eddy will come to the site on August 13 and Uli will join him a few days later. Both will surely provide us with great and exciting pictures.
We started building at the end of June. And of course, we (meaning me) were on site for the first 2 weeks of construction.
First I had to get used to the cold temperatures (especially at night the temperature sometimes falls below 0 degrees) in the Namibian winter, only partly the sun could warm the air during the day so that you could put your sweater aside.
Anyway, we started: Material was transported to the school (building blocks, cement, gravel, rain barrels, pipes, etc.), the construction company built its own area right next to the construction site for the next 3 months (sleeping tent, cooking and dining area, container with solar panels and batteries for tools, refrigerator,…) and on the first day, after some surveying work, the construction project was officially opened with the “Ground Breaking Ceremony”. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
We, that is 6 employees of the construction company Afrideca (with construction manager Thomas2), 5 employees from the surrounding of the school, Mekukuje (Principal of the school) and the local “Project Board” (members of School Board, Parent Board and the community Otjiyarwa), Sven from our GU Fortitude (who leads and is responsible for the complete construction) and I (=Thomas1 for easier distinction with the construction manager of the construction company) have coordinated the first days and developed into a functioning construction group. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
The first two weeks were mainly dedicated to the delivery of materials and the extensive earthworks (removal of soil from the sloping terrain, consolidation and preparation for the foundations). In the process, we first had to dig up the supply lines for the water tanks and reinsert them elsewhere, as they had been laid directly under the Dining Hall area. A little “plumber” work, but with skill and creativity this task was accomplished.
The cooperation between the construction company and our local workers has worked very well since the first day and when I had to leave the construction site again after 2 weeks, I left behind a really cool group on site. We are sure that they will carry out the rest of the construction work with the same motivation and quality.
In August and September Eddy and Uli will visit the school and report further with many pictures from our construction site in Morukutu Primary School. Mekukuje and the Project Board are constantly on site and we are in regular contact with the GU (Sven), the Project Board and the construction company.
We will keep you updated in the next weeks and report about the construction progress with pictures. The current plan is to complete construction by the end of September. The official handover of the Dining Hall to the school is then planned for the end of November.
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To ALL donors who have made it possible to realize the construction of the Dining Hall we say in advance Thank you very much – without you this project would not be possible.
The time has come – the construction of the Dining Hall can begin
Yes, we actually made it: The financing of the Dining Hall for the Learners of Morukutu Primary School is in place, the contract between the school authority and the construction company has been concluded and at the end of June we will start with the construction project on site.
We plan with about 3 months construction time, i.e. if everything works out then the building is already erected in September.
Inauguration and official handover is then planned for the end of the year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all private donors in advance, and in particular the two foundations that are supporting us with a grant for this project:
Together with the developer Fortitude, the construction company AFRIDECA CONSTRUCTION, the workers of the community Otjiyarwa and the Morukutu Primary School “Project Board” we will now realize the project together.
We owe the planning and also a large part of the implementation to our architect Andi Schmitt and the company Polycare. Without Andi’s plans and the support of Gerd Dust with building blocks from the Polycare company, we would not have dared to undertake such a large project.
We will report on the construction with pictures and of course we will be on site regularly during the construction period.
After we had brought our learners and teachers safely back to Morukutu School on Sunday evening, we made our way to the school again on Monday morning. We were already surprised at the gate with a musical reception, followed by a student assembly, singing (Morukutu school song, Namibian national anthem, German national anthem) and theatre performances by the students.
This was followed by a tour of all classes with short question and answer sessions. Karin and Claudia did handicrafts and played with the kids.
The pantry and hostel are also included.
Afterwards we sat down with the whole Morukutu team, told them about our tour experiences and explained again what our motivation for this educational tour was. Together with the school, we want to bring our children forward, show them perspectives, spur them on and motivate them, and we will actively support them in this.
It is already a tradition that we end our stay at Morukutu School with a netball tournament. Once again, there was an exciting match between Mummys and the Morukutu students’ netball team.
Thank you MORUKUTU-PRIMARY-SCHOOL for allowing us to be a part of you and to work together to make so many good things happen for our children.
…..and give you a little insight into the wonderful time with the children on our excursion.
After the reception at HKIA (the group left Otjiyarwa at 3 am to meet us at the airport) we had a round of getting to know each other, then breakfast at the youth hostel in Windhoek and then we went to NBC Radio. We got a little insight into the work at the radio and the pupils were allowed to speak into the microphone.
The next morning we went to the sewing factory “DINAPAMA”. There we were given a guided tour of the factory with many interesting informations. Our kids were equipped with warm jumpers and hats – a donation from “DINAPAMA” – which was of course the highlight.
In the afternoon we finally continued towards Sossusvlei with a stopover in Rehoboth and a short education lesson from Floyd.
The next day we set off very early to the dunes – we all want to climb Big Daddy. In between, every now and then, short education lessons. The kids walked the route to Big Daddy at least twice, up and down again and again. But we all made it.
At the end we went to the Sesriem Canyon, but afterwards everyone was exhausted and richer by many impressions.
On Thursday we drove on to Swakopmund with a stopover and guided tour at the fish factory “GENDEV” in Walvisbaai.
The accommodation in Swakopmund was ideal for us: we played, cooked, ate and learned a lot together.
Around Swakopmund there were a variety of topics that were super interesting for our children and their further education. Welwitschia-Drive, Moon Landscape, der Atlantik-Strand und last but not least die Living-Desert-Tour mit Chris Nell.
The last stop on our education tour was the Okatjikona Environmental Education Centre on the Waterberg. An ideal place for school groups. Immediately after arrival we went on a game drive, unfortunately it was already dark and we did not see any animals. In the evening we had a barbecue together, it was a Namibian-Bavarian barbecue. Traditionally, there was papp and Bavarian potato salad. The next morning we all climbed the Waterberg together.
Yes, that was it. We had a wonderful time together with the children, the teachers and everyone who accompanied us on this trip. Our children – and we too – took a lot away from this trip. It was an enrichment for all of us.
Many thanks to all our supporters, without you such activities are not possible.
“Education ist the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
Coordinated with the curriculum, we start on 9 May 2022 for our field trip with some final year learners. A great programme awaits us: From Otjiyarwa we travel to Windhoek, on to Soussuslvei, Swakopmund and via Waterberg back to Otjiyarwa. On the way, we will cater for ourselves and cook together. Entertainment and exercise in between is also provided. We have lots of games, skipping ropes, rubber mitts and craft materials.
We are also looking forward to handing over the great letters that our Ottenhofen primary school pupils have made and written for their Namibian friends.
We were on site at the beginning of February and discussed all the necessary administrative points with Morukutu Primary School, the Ministry of Education and the local general contractor. In Namibia it is similar to Germany, building permits have to be issued, architectural and structural plans are checked, compliance with local regulations, land ownership rights, building rights, etc. are checked and permits have to be obtained.
Thanks to our long-standing relationship with the Ministry of Education and the good preparations of Fortitude and Polycare (the hall is being built with stones from Polycare – Polycare), we have managed to obtain the necessary permits and confirmations in the last few weeks.
The next steps are now to conclude the partnership agreements with 2 foundations and then to finalise the construction contract between the Ministry of Education and the general contractor.
Of course, the current global political and economic situation also affects our construction project in Namibia (material prices for steel are constantly rising, petrol prices in Namibia are higher than ever and the exchange rate between the Namibian dollar and the Euro is currently very volatile).
We are still counting on further donations for the project so that our own funds do not have to be used completely for the Dining Hall this year.
To all those who have already donated to the Dining Hall or who would like to make a donation, we would like to say a heartfelt “Okuhepa Tjinene” (THANK YOU VERY MUCH).
Donations can either be made directly to our account: Outjenaho – strahlende Kinderaugen e.V. VR Bank Erding eG IBAN: DE36701696050007427727 BIC: GENODEF1ISE Keyword: „Dining hall“
or also via the Betterplace.org donation platform: