Developing World Construction Projects
I took this image of Rwandan bricklayers building a new classroom just outside Kigali in 2007. The orphanage/school helps young people in this ravaged community.
It is difficult for me not to get exited about East Africa as I find it one of the most amazing places on the planet. Although facing tough difficulties every single day, a smile and laughter is never far away.
Need advice on a project with a construction element?
I am available on a consultancy basis to assist and advise on construction issues in developing world situations. This may mean teaching local artisans your preferred construction methods, managing a team of local labour or a mixed team of local labour and your volunteers/employees.
I have extensive experience gained from working alongside local artisans, (often trowel in hand!) in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya. Including working with organizations such as CARE International, Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), DfID, British Council, Different Travel community projects and with Project Umubano, the recent British Conservative Party initiative in Rwanda.
Please feel free to email me to discuss your project. I also have a great working relationship with an architect who is very experienced in designing for projects based in developing countries, (if I can drag him out of the DRC or whichever far flung corner of the world he is working!).
A little bit of background…
I have a masters in Trauma and Disaster Management and as a project manager, assisted both in the planning stages and on the ground during “Project Umubano”. This recent Conservative Party initiative takes volunteers from the party each year to work alongside Rwandan people building strong ties, mutual respect and understanding between our two countries.
I also lived in Uganda from 1997 until the millennium working for CARE International, funded By DfID and supported by Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO)
Working in Uganda involved finding and training local artisans in suitable and sustainable construction techniques, forming teams, arranging and overseeing materials deliveries in remote areas and on difficult terrain, on site training, quality control, managing the newly trained local artisans as contractors, site visits to the Health Units covering the 2463 square Km’s of Mbale district, mostly off road. Managing accountability trails and community participation organisation within the wider project aims and goals.
I managed up to 10 teams in rural African districts, employing over 150 local men and women (yes, many African women are employed in supporting and skilled roles on African building sites). This often involved teaching suitable and sustainable techniques to rural artisans or ‘fundies’, both on building sites and on community based projects.
Feel free to email me and we can discuss your requirements or just leave a quick note in the comments box below.