Dear friends it is a good time to pause and see how we are doing regarding our current work on roof building project.
In past few months, during the construction of the building, we faced few challenges. Heavy rain fall was a major one and delayed our project. Also as you know we started to complete only one room with the roof but realized that will be a wrong thing to do. So we moved forward with completing roof for all rooms. That was all possible because Mr. Pati arranged the deficit funding from his friends as well as local shop keepers. So we are building the house with lending money from other supporters. This shows true spirit to complete the building in a timely manner so that we can do better teaching to these children.
Good news is that we are about to finish one room. This will help us to start teaching and vocational training in next month or so.
As we are shortage of funding to complete this building, it will impact our other activities, but we are trying our best to close open ends.
After the year end, we will provide updated budget sheet with negative numbers for the roof building project.
Please come forward to support and donate to this project. As most of you know completing the building with this big footage is not possible with 6-8K USD (3-4 Lakh INR).
Building the roof to train children is a really required venue for SANTI. We are having difficulty to conduct the skill training for our teenage students. Thanks for your support to start this dream project. Upon completion, this will be the center for SANTI’s activities. This will help us to bring all activities at one place, maximizing our efforts and time and minimizing various expenses.
Construction of the roof was started on 14th July 2014. Mr Sarat Pati was really excited to start this work with boots on the ground. As of now we have used 3 metric tons of mild-steel rod and 300 bags of cement for concrete. Currently work in progress :) noble work..
Last year January when we estimated the cost to finish the building it was humongous and I personally postponed the idea. Later last year we reevaluated the cost and again postponed. Then this year march, we again re-evaluated the options and realized that we have to move forward. If cannot move a mile then move an inch and hence we broke the project into several pieces.
I asked for an estimate to finish only one room, door, windows, two toilets and a bore well. The estimate was about USD 6424. When we started to work we realized that we have to finish the roof for all rooms and hence our roof got extended to 3000 Sq ft area. This increased our budget to USD 10250. So currently we are planning to finish the roof for the whole building and then finish only one hall or room that will be used for training. In future we will progress through the work to finish all the rooms.
We had to stop the work due to heavy rain in Odisha. It will create about 3 weeks of delay in our progress. The roof slab will be completed within next 4 weeks. We are expecting to use one room for our training around end of October.
As you know Rome wasn’t built in a day or by a couple of man, we need your support to make dream come true. Please step in to contribute as we are falling short on our goal. Any comments or feedback feel free to provide.
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