Gongali Village School

Gongali Village School
children at the Gongali Village School, built by Primary Schools for Africa in Nov/Dec 2010

Saturday, 22 June 2013


Hi All

The construction of the new school project in the village of Ayalabe near Karatu is underway.


This project was requested by District Chairman Lazarus Titus back in September 2012 (refer to Blog dated Sep 2012) to provide a new school for the village of Ayalabe, near Karatu, Northern Tanzania. The village had gathered some funds over the years and were willing to share in the cost of the project. So we decided at a meeting in May this year that we would build the school buildings (shown on the right below) and the village would fund and build the Teacher Residences (shown on the left). 

I completed the site design and provided it along with our standard building design for a 2 classroom building and small office to our Tanzanian agent Mathew for pricing. The cost came back at 29.8 million Tanzanian Shillings (about $18,600 Canadian Dollars) which is close to our previous costs. 

The sloped site has been "levelled" sufficiently and the villagers have gathered all the stones that are needed for the foundations. Then the gravel and concrete slab will be placed on top. Concrete footings will be placed at concrete column locations around the perimeter.  This method of using stones instead of the western world construction of compacted base and gravel seems to work well enough here. I was concerned about settlement and cracking of the slab, but in all our buildings to date, there haven't been any. Local methods - true and time-tested - they work.

To all our friends, we ask that you consider supporting this project and DONATE generously

As of today, 22 June 2013, we only have about half of the needed $18,600, but we gave it the green light to start construction anyway, and would work on raising the remainder of the funds in the next few months. Construction must be complete by 30 September 2013. 


Please address your cheque to:
"Primary Schools For Africa Society"
and mail to:
Primary Schools For Africa Society
3301 Wordsworth St,
Victoria, BC, V8P 4B9


Visit our website www.PrimarySchoolsForAfrica.com and click on the Donate button to use your charge card.

A tax receipt will be sent out.

Please phone Alan Roy at 250-598-4207 or e-mail at aral@shaw.ca if you would like to discuss or if you have any questions.
The Primary School For Africa Directors and the children of AYALABE thank all those who have donated thus far.  

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