EFOD West Midlands

The West Midlands branch was formed in 2008 and is made up of young construction professionals
from companies across the industry.

May 2018 EFOD West Midlands Group picked up the ICE200 'Shaping the Future' Award for their work
at Kotulai, Bukedea, NE Uganda. Richard Gallagher and Sarah Blick-Smith were there to collect it
at the ICE WM Annual Dinner.

Over a 5 year period, the Group designed, raised funds and constructed a Grinding Mill in 2009,
a Borehole and Latrines in 2010, and finally a Village Halland a Grain Store in 2011 / 2012
for cooperative of 88 widows in rural Africa, some 250 km NE of Kampala.
Their work has been life changing for the cooperative members, who worked themselves out of poverty
by learning to grow cassava on one acre of their own land.
One announced just last Friday she has been able to fund her grand daughter through college,
and she is now a teacher, unimaginable for her before the Koutulai Project began.

EFOD volunteers designed the structures, and then visited site in pairs for just a fortnight each,
to hire labour, buy materials and supervise construction, managing all aspects of the scheme
at an early stage in their career.

January - Bob Dunn was assisting EFOD West Midlands as a mentor, and was planning, to get more involved,
                  but sadly died some of weeks ago. His widow has nominated EFOD as a beneficiary.
                  We have opened a MyDonate page for EFOD WM in his memory.  Link to the page

Information on our latest project - the Walalera Feasibility Study

EFOD also picked up 'Highly Commended' in the Team Achievement Category for the Koutulai Grain Store at the 2016 ICE West Midlands Awards.
It was said that the judges couldn't separate the three entries and considered them all worthy winners of the award and therefore decided to share
the award between the entries. A joint first place! We were up against some very tough opposition with our rivals boasting the largest passivhaus
building in Europe and a regeneration of a bridge in Coventry to create a new green public realm area.

Awards were presented by Mark Downes, ICE West Midlands Chairman 2015-16, Professor Alice Roberts ( guest speaker ),
and ICE Vice President Zara Lamont at a dinner attended by over 350 professionals.

Judges commented that the project was "excellent in demonstrating what civil engineers can achieve in collaboration and partnership."
The award is a testament to our collaboration and combined effort in delivering this building from inception to completion.
Our sincere thanks to all those involved and let's keep striving for excellence and further recognition!

Koutulai Women's Cooperative - Our group have been working on the provision of an 800 sack grainstore to allow them to store their cassava
following the harvest when grain prices are low, and release to the market some months later when prices double or triple.



               

Koutulai Women's Cooperative plan.                                                 Koutulai Women's Cooperative Elevation.

You may donate directly to our efforts here    :     Our MyDonate page


To contact EFOD West Midlands you may email    Harry Bates     Harry.Bates@arup.com


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