December 2005 - Extract from a message sent to Mr. Teece
from Alan & Oriel
Just thought I would update you on
recent progress with the school.
It's a good job that I had so many
problems and delays with the first drilling company
as I heard last night they had gone bankrupt, taking
some peoples money down with them. It's strange how
things work out sometimes and is probably an explanation
as to why the revised estimate was so high.
The new drilling company have now drilled
a borehole for us, which provides both good and bad
news. They drilled to 68 met and did not get great flow,
not really enough for the hand pump we wanted to install
at around 30 met. so they declared it a dry hole and
capped it. However there is a flow of 0.13 litres a
second at 60 met, too low for a hand pump but ok for
a solar submersible pump. If we trickle pump into a
tank twice a day this should be enough for the school.
As it was declared a dry hole they refunded half the
Alan will go up to Lusaka on Wednesday
and try to buy a suitable pump. Along with the storage
tank we are hoping that it will be no more than the
original quote, but we don't know enough about pump
prices to be sure. If we do get a solar pump however
we will have to spend money on making it theft proof
as a friend of ours had a solar pump stolen. The friend
who had the pump stolen runs a mission school in western
province and she has invited us to visit and look around,
which we will try to do. She has stacks of knowledge
and is extremely helpful. One of the things she mentioned
as a good possibility for the students to do when they
are here is construct a playground, as this has proved
extremely popular with their kids.
We have had to spend quite a bit on
transport lately to get all the blocks, sand, cement
and aggregate on site, but this expense will reduce
a bit now and, providing we don't have too much rain,
building progress will be much more visible now we are
out of the ground.
I will keep you updated, but in the
meantime have a very happy Christmas and a good rest
before the new term starts. Please send our best wishes
to all at Coopers.
October 2005 - a message sent to Mr. Whomsley from Alan
& Oriel - part of which reads:-
As from Monday we are starting building
proper and the building inspector and workers will all
be on site. Work up to now has been digging sand, transporting
water and chasing paperwork.
This means that there is an imminent
outlay of quite a lot of money to buy the first batch
of building materials and transport things to the site.
once building is underway I would like employment to
be as continuous as possible, so that means a regular
supply of materials and equipment.
To date we have not been able to get
any food aid for the workers, so in the first instance,
we will need to supply food for lunch from the school
We have had a few additional donations
from some of our guests and also from Alan’s brother
and mother, so this should help.
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