Fiona working with a construction trainer
Thank you for your support of the Life Bloom Services International School/Training Center building project.
From January 17th-21st, three women began additional training and work toward the construction of the Training Center/School with funds raised between November and December. This training was on how to cut and bend metal rods that will eventually be used to strengthen the foundation once concrete can be poured.
The women received $5 per day, plus $2 toward transportation. This is over and above the $3.50 that is normally the pay for unskilled labor. LBSI takes into consideration that we are empowering the women and assisting in meeting their daily food and housing needs.
The women say the first day was hard for them. Yet by the second day, their palms/hands had started getting used to the pressure needed to do the job. By Jan 20, when most of the photos were taken, even the gentleman in charge of the construction company were impressed with the women’s work and called Catherine, the Executive Director, to say that the women were actually outdoing the men who trained them. Catherine commented to herself, this is "the power of a woman who has made a choice to move on.”
Fiona, one of the three trained women, called Catherine to say that now she knows there is no longer any reason to sell her body for money, because as a woman, she realizes she can do anything that men can do…and even do it better (that was after the contractor passed along the compliment).
Fiona and the two women are ready to train more women when LBSI has enough money to buy the remaining metal rods, and pay for the expert labor and that of the women.
Since the foundation of the training center will need many rods, there is still quite a bit of work to do in this phase. It will cost $6546 to purchase the remaining metal rods and an additional $1635to pay for the labor and construction for bending the rods.
Once LBSI has enough rods, we will buy cement and the sand and bricks plus ballast for us to move on with the foundation: the total cost for the foundation is $46,656.
The training and work sessions were carried out from a neighboring piece of land where construction is happening. The training site does not have the minimal security required to leave such valuable construction materials on the property. A small storage building has already been vandalized, so LBSI has been storing materials at a neighboring site where there are security guards.
Summary of the funds raised to date:
1. Funds from within Kenya: $5058
2. Global Giving site: $8232
3. Directly through Kenya Help or the LBSI account: $9752
Summary of total expenses to date:
1. Purchase of piece of land and change of ownership process: $7883
2. Discounted Structural drawings/Designs - $2176
3. Discounted Approvals by the Government of Kenya: $882
4. Fencing off of piece of land and construction of site store: $1241
5. Purchase of materials, constructions to date and labor costs: $10,832
Fiona bending a rod
Several bends of the rod later (Fiona)
Whatever it takes!
Team work and muscle
Ready to train others