Project #9299

Design for Social Change - Chitempha School

by SCALEAfrica
Feb 23, 2012

SCALEAfrica Winter 2012 Update

Proposed Plan of Building Rehab
Proposed Plan of Building Rehab

This winter has been an exciting time here, as we've been in contact with many, many new people who heard about SCALEAfrica through the cover story in the Smith College Quarterly and Erinn's involvement with the Women in Public Service Project at the US Department of State. The enthusiasm generated has been incredibly motivating and we hope that people will continue to write in with their ideas for collaboration on our upcoming projects and ways we might assist in the work of other organizations.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Global Giving Challenge and helped to secure SCALEAfrica a permanent spot on the Global Giving site. Besides the contributions you made to our upcoming project at Chitempha School, this relationship works to spread the word on what we do and get us in front of new supporters - which is instrumental to SCALEAfrica continuing our work and building our community of supporters, so thank you!

We are rapping up to begin construction at Chitempha Basic School in April! Much work has been done on the construction drawings and pricing of the buildings to get us to this stage. The buildings to be rehabilitated will now have larger windows for better light and ventilation, as well as a sky lit verandah for much-needed shade. We will also be adding four outdoor classrooms to accommodate students while the buildings are under construction. The students and teachers are thrilled at the possibilities with the new, healthy, sustainable structures and are eager to participate in the work by making compressed earth blocks and carting sand and water for the cement mixture.

Happy February to you all, check back soon to see the updates on our work and a rousing thank you for your continuing support of SCALEAfrica!

Best wishes, Erinn and Guy

Exterior Elevations of Building Rehab
Exterior Elevations of Building Rehab
Exterior Elevations of Building Rehab B
Exterior Elevations of Building Rehab B
Chitempha Students
Chitempha Students



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Location: Brooklyn, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Erinn McGurn
Brooklyn, NY United States

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