Rock of Ages School

 

 

Kitwe, Zambia

Africa

 

Pastor Isaac Mwewa

P. O BOX 21489, KITWE, ZAMBIA, Cell: 0965 325 004/0979 325 004, e-mail: roacs@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                      

                                                                                                                                                     

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Here is a Google Video of the Rock of Ages School

in Kandabwe

 an Urban Compound in Kitwe, Zambia

 

from

the Hewitt's visit.

 

 

 

Part Two

 

 

 

 

 

Rock of Ages School

News

 

 

Dear friends of ROA,
On the day of Friday 19th November 2010, We experienced very heavy and
strong winds that blew off roofs on some of the buildings here in
Kitwe. Unfortunately our roof on the school building was completely
blown off by the heavy winds and rainfalls we experienced around 20:00
pm.
Most of the Iron sheets have been torn in pieces, the planks also were damaged.
However, the wall around the building remained intact with no crack
except for a few bricks that came out at the top of the building
caused by the planks as they struggled to come off.
It was a devastating moment for me, the children and even the
community at large knowing how far we have come and how you the
friends of ROA have sacrificed in putting the school building
together.  We did we all could to secure the building, but we never
expected to experience such strong winds and rainfall in our country.
It was a quarter Tsunami!
We managed to collect the few Iron sheets that were thrown off, though
they are also in bad shapes and a lot of holes in them. All the planks
that were used to support the Iron Sheets on top were broken into
pieces.

However, attached are the few photos that we took of the school
building as at now.  

Learning has been temporarily halted.



Yours faithfully,
Isaac Mwewa

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Building!

photos from September 3rd 2009

          

 

 

 

 

 

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ROA BUILDING, STAGE AND EXPENSES

         R>O>A> NEWS April 2010

Dear Roa Fans,

 

Greetings.

 I have had a hard time to put together all that I could for an update on where we have come from, and how far we have reached. Finally I am able to put together text and pictures and send to you so that you are aware of your achievements.

 

The building of concreted walls is complete as you will be able to see on the pictures. With this, I must say 80% work has been done!! Congratulations!

 

I hope this will also help in explaining to those who would like to come onboard and help, as we together change lives.

 

Pass this information on to all those who gave so that they may have an opportunity to see their efforts in changing lives.

 

Let me hear from you,

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Isaac Mwewa


 

 

 

Wow! Congratulations!

 

 

Beautiful!

 

  1. STEEL POLES


 

  1. FIXING OF PLANKS


 

  1. ROOFING


 

  1. FOUNDATION AND FOOTING

 

  1. BRICKLAYING


 

  1. WINDOW LEVEL


 

  1. COMPLETION OF BRICK LAYING

 


 

  1. STEEL POLES ERECTING

Due to the poor state of the building, after taking off the poor roofing of planks and plastics,

 we decided to start with the erecting of steel poles that were to support the iron roofing as

we waited to build the concreted wall with baked bricks. This was done in order that children

would continue learning even without walls as long as the roof was there.

In January 2008, the old buildings roof was completely taken off to pave way for the erecting

of steel poles.

Steel Poles acted a supporters to the new roof, were planks were

mounted with bolts and nuts.


 

EXPENSES


 

 

No. ITEM COST(ZMK) COST(US$) COST(GBP)

1

20 STEEL PLOES

1,000,000.00

235.29

160.00

2

WELDERS

300,000.00

70.59

48.00

3

TRANSPORT

150,000.00

35.29

24.00

4

2 BAGS OF CEMENT

120,000.00

28.24

19.20

     

-

 
  TOTALS:

1,570,000.00

369.41

251.20

 

The above amount was spent in erecting stable and strong steel poles

as supporters for the building of Rock of Ages

Community School in Kandabwe Compound, Kitwe, Zambia.
 

  1. FIXING OF PLANKS

The next step was to fix planks onto the steel poles so that the process of putting iron

sheets can commence.



 

EXPENES

No. ITEM COST(ZMK) COST(US$) COST(GBP)

1

PLANKS

1500000

352.94

240

2

TRANSPORT

200000

47.06

32

3

NAILS

80000

18.82

12.8

4

BOLTS AND NUTS

90000

21.18

15

5

OTHERS

100000

23.53

16

         
   TOTALS: 1, 970, 000. 00

406.185567

315.8


 

Planks were fixed to the steel poles with bolts and nuts in preparation

 for the iron sheets which replaced the cartoon boxes and plastics that

 used to serve as the roof to the old building.

The above amount was used to fix poles onto the steel poles.

And putting iron sheets was the next step.


 

3. ROOFING

A visiting clergy from United Kingdom visited Rock of Ages Community School

and was shocked to see the carton boxes and plastics as a roof of the building.

He donated GBP 500 specifically to buy iron sheets.

With steel poles supporters erected and planks fixed, iron sheets were bought

and fixed on the planks for a safer roof for the children.



 

EXPENSES

 

 

No. ITEM COST(ZMK) COST(US$) COST(GBP)

1

IRON SHEETS 4,000,000.00

824.742268

666.6666667

2

SCREW NAILS 250,000.00

51.5463918

41.66666667

3

RIDGES 300,000.00

61.8556701

50

4

OTHERS 100,000.00

20.6185567

16.66666667

         
  TOTALS: 4,650,000.00

958.762887

775


  


 


 


 


 


 


The iron sheets were fixed and once a dull and dangerous roof, it changed to shine

and safe roof from rains and from the sun. And the above total amount was spent

to fix a safe roof at Rock of Ages Community School.



 

  1. FOUNDATION AND FOOTING

After the iron sheets were fixed, we dug the foundation deep enough for a strong

building as the old building had a shallow foundation. Concrete was poured into the

foundation ( a mixture of stones, sand and cement). A guarantee of safe and long lasting building.


EXPENSES

No. ITEM COST(ZMK) COST(US$) COST(GBP)

1

SAND DONATED BY THE COMMUNITY  -  -

2

STONES DONATED BY THE COMMUNITY    

3

CEMENT

2,100,000.00

494.1176471

336

4

TRANSPORT

200,000.00

47.05882353

32

         
  TOTALS:

2,300,000.00

541.1764706

368


 

The foundation dug and concrete poured into it, the brick layers were ready to

start laying baked bricks. The total amount above was used for the foundation

and footing of Rock of Ages Community School. The next step was to start laying bricks.

  1. BRICK LAYING

The brick layers started laying baked bricks bought from the money donated by

WACIA, ROA fans, and well wishers. The previous bricks were ordinary and used

to melt with rains and every year we kept on loosing part of the wall. A deep and

concreted foundation with baked bricks, brought up a shine and safe building.

EXPENSES

No

ITEM

COST(ZMK)

COST(US$)

COST(GBP)

1

2000 BAKED BRICKS

3,000,000.00

705.8823529

480

2

TRANSPORT

660,000.00

155.2941176

105.6

3

LOADING

240,000.00

56.47058824

38.4

4

OTHERS

50,000.00

11.76470588

8

5

CEMENT

2800000

658.8235294

448

 

TOTALS:

6,750,000.00

1588.235294

1080

 


 

  1. WINDOW LEVEL

The laying of baked bricks continued up to the window level as we had bought enough baked bricks.

 The first phase of laying started from the foundation to the window level as below.

From here the 2000 baked bricks were finished. The next step was to lay bricks from the window

level up to the roofing level and need another 2000 baked bricks.


 

An extra 2000 baked bricks were needed to finish the building of the walls from

this level (window level) to the roofing level.

  1. WINDOW LEVEL TO ROOF LEVEL(COMPLETION)

The last phase of the concreted wall started from the Window Level to the roof level as shown below.


 

EXPENSES

 

No ITEM COST(ZMK) COST(US$) COST(GBP)

1

2000 BAKED BRICKS

3,000,000.00

705.8823529

480

2

TRANSPORT

700,000.00

164.7058824

112

3

LOADING

300,000.00

70.58823529

48

4

OTHERS

50,000.00

11.76470588

8

5

CEMENT

1,400,000.00

329.4117647

224

  TOTALS:

5,450,000.00

1282.352941

872

 


 


 


 


 


 

Having completed the building of the walls, the following work still remains;

  1. Plastering

  2. Fixing the floor

  3. Fixing windows

  4. Fixing doors

  5. Painting.

We hope that the remaining amount from the projected budget will carter for

 the remaining work to fully complete the building.

The completion of building also means more enrolment, as the building is now

 big enough for three classrooms of 30+ children in each class.

 

 

 

Dear ROA FAMILY,

 

 Due to your generous support, the roofing of this block was

completed in February 2009.

 I write to give you an update of all that will be required to build

a concrete wall on the School building.

What remains is the building of the concrete wall around the building.

We have listed down all that will be required for completion of the

concrete wall and the cost. I hope the information will be helpful as

you faithfully and lovingly labour to raise the expected finances

for the building.

 

The building is 20m Long and 7.5m Wide. It is long and big enough

 to be demarcated into three class rooms. Each classroom will be able

 to accommodate 30+ children. Once completed, 100+ children will be

 accorded an opportunity to learn.

Thank you very much, on behalf of so many children that you

have accorded

an opportunity to have education and on behalf of the

 community at large.

 We can only manage to send to you

 a sincere smile in return.



Together we can...

Serving faithfully,

Isaac

 

 

 

 

 

The floods and heavy rain

 have temporarily closed

 the ROA School.

   please click these for larger images of the damage.

 

Dear Friends of RoA,

 

Greetings from Zambia, RoA and the family.

 Yes this has been a blow for me, but mostly for the Children at RoA.

 In fact the entire community of Kandabwe has suffered.

There are more houses collapsing. We are glad to have friends like you

who give us hope in hopeless situations like this one.

 
The Plans now are;
 
Immediately after the rains come to an end, we will start putting up

 the steel poles which will support the wall. We will also put up a

better roofing on the building. We are also planning to make better

bricks to strengthen the wall. We will also deepen the foundation this time.

 
 
The requirements for the School building are as follows:
 
1. roofing sheets
2. steel poles - we have bought some steel poles that we will

start with when the rains stop.

3. some more benches and chairs for children
4. school stationery
5. 4 long tables for the children
 
We used part of the money that Grandma Rosemary sent us to buy

steel poles, part of it has been used to pay volunteer teachers, part of

 it for stationery. We still have part of it in the Bank. This will help us

 when we start construction few months from now.

 
 
I have received WACIA'S decision for financial support with joy.

 I must confess that I had tears flowing when I was reading the mail,

and I know that many will join me in shedding tears of joy when news

 gets into their ears. The children too! WACIA's financial support is a

mile ahead at RoA, knowing that we will not struggle to pay volunteer

 teachers and buy School stationery, and for the  maintenance of the

 School building. We will do exactly as the WACIA management

wants us to do. We will be sending all the documents that are needed.

And use the finances as required.

Thanks very much Jane, Raoul, Becka, Sophie, John, Molly,

Grandma Rosemary and all RoA fans, the team is getting bigger.

 Its amazing what people can achieve when they get together.

The world may not know what you are doing, you maybe

unsung heroes, your names may not make newspaper headlines,

but in Kandabwe and at RoA, you are our heroes. Bravo!

 
 
With love,
Isaac

2/20/08

 

 The gable end wall collapsed after unusually heavy rains in

Kandabwe. The school is unable to re-open until the wall has

been repaired and the building made safe. If you are able to

make a donation towards its repair, please follow the links to

the WACIA   "Woman and Children in Africa" below,

 or please write to Pastor Isaac directly.

Contact address's are at the bottom of this page.

 

 

 

 

 

Dear friends of RoA,
 
Complements of the season. RoA would like to send their thanks for your

 support during 2007 academic year.

 We look forward to 2008 as well with its challenges.

 
However, this year we will have a delayed opening due to the status of the

 building. We observed a big crack in the wall, which has to be worked on

 first before we could open for the security of the pupils. We are hopeful

 the problem will be worked on as soon as possible so that we do not

 have unnecessary delays in learning. The crack is a result of heavy

rainfalls we are experiencing in the area.

 
We will keep you updated as soon as we open school for first term in 2008.
 
Yours faithfully,
 
Isaac Mwewa
Project Coordinator. (RoA)

 

 

Jan 05  2008

 

CURRENT INFORMATION FOR

 the

Rock of Ages School

 

 

We have some great news!

 

 

Please click this link

to read about

how

 "Woman and Children in Africa"

WACIA will help the ROA School.

 

"Working to alleviate hardship and suffering by funding projects

 which provide a sustainable benefit and help give women and

children in Africa a better quality of life".

 

WACIA has taken on the the ROA School as a project.

THANKS!

 You can now donate to the ROA school

via WACIA as a British registered charity.

 

 

Some ROA school facts:

1. CURRENT NUMBER OF TEACHERS = 4

2. SCHOOL OPENING HOURS : O8:00 HRS - 14:00 HRS MONDAY TO FRIDAY

3. NUMBERS IN EACH CLASS
      A. NURSERY SECTION = 35

      B. PRIMARY( GRADE 1 & 2 = 11), (GRADE 3 & 4 = 6)

4. PAYMENT OF TEACHERS = (K 100, 000 - K 150, 000) = ( US$ 25.97 - US$ 38.96)

PER TEACHER ON MONTHLY BASIS

5. ADDITIONAL TEACHING COSTS -

6. TEACHING RESOURCES NEEDED AT THE MOMENT:

EXERCISE BOOKS, PENCILS, CHAIRS, TABLES,

CHALK BOARD, REAMS OF PAPER.

 

 

 

Greetings from Zambia.
I would like to let you know how far we have progressed this last year from the

Rock of Ages Community School.

 
On 19th I went to the office in charge of Community Schools, to register so

 that we get affiliated to the mother body that controls community schools.

I was then directed to the ministry of education were I was told to pay a fee

for affiliation. Unfortunately the offices were closed, and so I am planning to

visit them on Monday 22nd. I will let you know as soon as possible what I will be told.

 
We have managed so far to employ two teachers, though they seem to be not

enough due to the total number of children we are expecting to have. There

are more than what I thought would be.

 
Very soon we will have a meeting with the parents. We have decided to take

in more orphans and others with parents. We will explain to them what we expect to them.

 And what they expect from us.

 
We are now faced with more challenges than we thought. We really need your support

 more than ever before in this year and the years to come.

 
Your generous support, in material, and financial help has pushed us very far, to a place

 we would not have been on our own. All the children's smiles are a clear reflection of your support to us.

 
I will let you know, the Mondays outcome.
Yours faithfully,
Isaac

January 20th 2007

 


 

 

Sunday May 20, 2007

 

Dear ROA Friends,
 
Greetings. I would like to give you an update of all that is happening at ROA.

Learning is going on seriously. We have so far recruited 4 classes, baby class

 ( ages 2-4), grade 1(ages 6-8), 3&4 ( ages 10-12.)

 

We had three teachers, unfortunately one has gone back to school. We are hopeful

to find a replacement as soon as possible.

 
I am still pushing for the school registration, they keep on postponing the days to

inspect the building. I am not sure when they will come.

 
The teachers are on Part time employment as we can not afford to employ them fully.

 They are getting as little as US$12 per month, this is amounting to US$36 for the three

teachers. This is not an easy amount to raise, in most cases I sacrifice what I get from

my part time job. I can boldly confess, there is nothing we can do without your support.

ROA cannot go anywhere without you.

 
We are looking at ways and means of sustaining ourselves as a school. I know that

all alone you have been sacrificing, we have  realized that we can't be crying to you for

help every time. In short we are saying 'teach us to fish'. Help us so that we can be self

sustaining in terms of finances and other materials.  I would like to hear from you ROA

funs on what you have to say on this. The moment you stop the support this school will be no

 more and the children will go back to the streets.

 
We have so far established friendship with two USA schools, though we are just in the

 process of seeing how we can benefit from one another.

 
We are expecting to receive one of our ROA ambassadors from UK. We are so much excited

 about it and a large box of gifts full of smiles awaits her.

 
I am very sorry for having been silent for some time now. I will keep you updated.
 
Yours,
Isaac

 

 

Please Email - We would like to get to know you.

 We would like to have Pen-Pals around the world. 

 Please write to us at:

ROACS@GMAIL.COM

If you would like to send a package of teaching materials

or anything for the school, letters or regular mail

please send to:

 

Pastor Isaac Mwewa

P. O BOX 21489, KITWE, ZAMBIA,

10101

Africa

 

             Cell: 0965 325 004/0979 325 004

                      e-mail: roacs@gmail.com

 

 

 

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                                               THANKS!