Bumba Foundation Academy - MUGITI

The construction

Phase One The main construction took 20 days to complete and we had up to 18 builders on site each day, who were supported by volunteers from the local community. The site began as an overgrown maize field so on the 4th December, the first task was to clear the site and measure the foundations. This was quickly followed by the foundations being dug by hand and taken down to the stones/rocks level. One of the reasons we chose the site was due to the good rock levels that allowed us to build strong foundations on a good base. Getting resources on site and at the right price was a challenge in itself as we had to find the materials (sand, bricks, hardcore etc), transport and loaders/un-loaders but also had to build a road to the site. This led to time being spent negotiating rates and highlighted the need for quality suppliers. With the foundations dug, we used the local hardcore to make the concrete foundations and laid the first level of bricks. This led to the damp course level and then we were able to backfill all the trenches. This was an important stage to get complete to the right quality, as it would be the linchpin for the whole building. Providing sufficient time for the foundations to set resulted in us having a strong foundation and supported us to lay the internal and external walls at great speed up to the top of the window level. After the walls had time to set and strengthen with additional water to harden the cement, we began the process of making the concrete beams for above the window level on the bricks. This process took a lot of time as we needed to make the metal poles and binding wire frames which were then set inside the concrete with the use of handmade wooden frames. This is an essential stage of the building and provides extra strength to the construction. To complete this stage of the building we laid an additional 4 courses of bricks on top of the concrete beam. The internal classrooms and offices walls had already been built, however the concrete floors weren’t laid in this phase due to the time-schedule and budget. The external poles and foundations for the veranda and the support for the roof were also set in preparation for the roofing in phase two.