Engineers For Overseas Development - Progress Report - May 2020

Covid-19 and Lockdown has prevented travel to work on construction on the four active sites since mid-March 2020
although there has been some progress using local staff, as follows :

EFOD London - Kumi Hospital Latrines.

Last visit from EFOD volunteers was completed on 16 / 3 / 2020.

The lower chamber construction - image from Feb. 2020 - now finished;
superstructure construction is ongoing.

EFOD Cardiff - Faith School.

Delays to the site start of school construction led
to the addition of two small classrooms in December 2019,
by local labour to allow the school to add new classes for the 2020 school year.

Fencing of the new school site was undertaken in January 2020,
and the gate and culvert crossing were completed in mid-February.

The School Director, Headmaster and Project Director
are seen here with the new gateway.

Removal of large boulders on the site, and breaking them down
to create building materials was undertaken in February 2020.

Interlocking Stabilized Soil Blocks block production started in April 2020
in preparation for classroom construction once the lockdown is eased.

The target of 11,500 ISSB's for wall construction of four classrooms
was achieved in 19 days by nine men plus a cook!
A real help during the Covid-19 crisis.

The target is to construct a series of classrooms by February 2021.

EFOD West Midlands - Matugga Mill and Grain Store.

The creation of a level site, accessible from the adjacent highway,
has been completed, by construction of a significant culvert & retaining wall.
The foundations and ground floor slab are complete and 4000 ISSB blocks
have been cast. 3000 more are needed.

Plans to visit site to start construction of the structure in early April
were postponed due to travel restrictions.

The new target is to restart in October subject the lifting of those restrictions.

EFOD North West - Zukuka Bora Coffee Drying Unit.

The design is complete but plans to start construction in Mbale in Spring 2020
have been suspended because of travel restrictions.

This will mean the building will not be constructed by September 2020 -
the start of the next coffee season.

EFOD built grain stores were used for safe storage
for the 2019 harvest of 24 tonnes of green coffee.

Plans are being developed to fence
the Kachumbala & MamRiang Grain Stores
to allow use by Zukuka Bora
for both drying and storage of the 2020 harvest.

EFOD Carbon Offset Project.

Starting in December 2019 a team was hired to grow trees,
as a way to offset EFOD's carbon consumption.

4000 seedlings are now under cultivation, with three different tree varieties.

In future EFOD plan to assess carbon consumption
of travel and materials for each scheme,
and offset by planting trees around existing and new projects.

Planting of the first seedlings in late June 2020 is planned at Faith School.
Other schemes will benefit as the year progresses.
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