Foundation construction: A lot has already happened since our ground-breaking ceremony on 17th of September. Our 20 construction workers began by digging out the foundations for the kitchen wing and concreting and bricking them up.
This wing will also serve as accommodation and office during the construction process. During the week, the foundations will be compacted several times so that the building cannot sink. As soon as the compaction work has been completed, the floor slab will be started.
The foundations of the main building have also been excavated and will be concreted this week. If the weather continues to be as good as before, work on the plinth wall can also begin there.
We completed the plinth walling on the main house and we filled the pillars with concrete at this height. At the bottom comes first the concrete blinding and then the plinth walling.
Now we want to fill the earth back in and make it compatible!
Regarding the kitchen area, you can easily spot the progress: The walls are bricked and the ring beam was poured and cast with concrete. That has to harden now for a couple of days and then we'll go on with the roof.
Best crew in week 3: This past week has been all about preparing for the concrete slab at our main construction site. The foundation has been compacted with both the soil as well as stones so it‘s ready for the iron mesh to be put on top.
The last step will be pouring the concrete slab within this week.
In the meantime, we also started on the preliminary work for our sanitary facilities
We casted the concrete for our ground floor slap which is now setting. Also we installed our power line. Afterwards we fooled around in our water tanks!
Our team grew bigger again!
The walling on the main building started and is almost finished so that the outlines of these rooms are already visible.
In the meantime, the roofing on the kitchen block has also started and our dog Peperoni finally moved in.
Happy to introduce the construction supervision team- our engineer Bonney, board members Lukas, Vicky and Sophie as well as project coordinator Mike.
This past week, the walling on the ground level got finished and we are now waiting for them to dry completely so the colums can be casted!
Also, the roofing on the kitchen is now complete.
Casting of the columns complete!
All our 24 supporting columns are now casted and first need to dry completely so we can get started on our first floor.
This gives us a couple of days to just sit down and enjoy the view of our site!
Week 8 & 9:
The past two weeks, it was all about preparing for the first floor! First, we removed the formwork on the columns and after that, started to set up the wooden poles to support the slab that will be casted soon. Fun Fact: each of the rooms will have around 45 eucalyptus poles supporting the slab.
After all rooms had been equipped with the eucalyptus poles, the formwork could be started. We are almost finished with that, too. Also the iron works could start which will provide additional stability. Soon, we can continue with the concrete work!
We were able to finish the woodwork and lay the foil. Also the ductwork was done by the electrician. The maxpans were brought up and at the same time, we took care of the iron works.
The slab is casted! We‘re ready for christmas break as the concrete has to set for some time before resuming work.
We had a suprise visit from Santa Claus while celebrating our christmas party and the success of this past year.
We celebrated by having an amazing lunch with our workers and surprising them with our matching Kisoboka shirts.
The whole team of Kisoboka wishes you and your families a very merry christmas season and a great start into the new year as we are also taking a break to spend time with our loved ones. We are very happy and thankful for all your donations, endless support and for simply believing in us- it really is possible! So please spread love & kindness this season.
We‘re back & standing on our first floor! Week 13 of construction has been all about setting and building the walls for the first floor. As you can see, we are all more than happy to be back on site and to be working again.
In week 14 we almost finished putting up the walls on the first floor. It‘s crazy to think that just some weeks ago, we started with the construction. Seeing the progress just encourages us more and more every day to give our all at construction.
As we‘re finished with building the walls on the first floor, we started with preparations to cast the columns.
In the meantime, we removed all the wooden poles on the ground floor as the slab is now completely dry and does not need any further support.
We‘re done with casting the columns on the top floor! All we needed for that was strength and good company.
Last week, we've started the construction of our dwell. We digged almost 40 meters until we reached the groundwater level. At the same time our team started removing the formwork of the columns and also building the splash apron.
Can you believe we are in week 18 of building? And now, we are already starting the prep work for the construction of the ceiling: installing lots of iron
for stability, casting another layer of support for the watertanks and lots more!
Enjoy the view from upstairs! In week 19, we worked on finishing the ring beams in order to prepare for our ceiling construction as well as the supportive slab for our water tanks .
This past week, we not only welcomed parts of our Kisobokas from Germany, but also started with the preparation for the electronic work in the house. This included planning where we want our power outlets.
Kisoboka - it is possible! Times like the ones we are currently facing should remind us to always stick together as a team. Times get hard and uncertain, but we are O N E. Together, everything is possible. So here in Uganda, we still stick together.
In this week of construction, Covid-19 has now officially reached Uganda. At this point, we are grateful that we are still able to keep the work up. Nevertheless, we now also follow stricter health and safety measures, like washing our hands regularly and avoiding any physical contacts.
In the past week, we began with the wooden roof construction. At the same time, we started with plastering the walls in our kitchen building.
We’re all in this together! Stay safe & healthy!
It is with a heavy heart that we have to tell you that by decision of last nights press conference, Uganda is in a total lockdown. We can not keep the construction going as we all want to #flattenthecurve and of course follow national measurements to prevent further spread!
We, the board of Kisoboka, want to take this moment to say thank you to our incredible team and to all our supporters through the last months.
We hope to get back on the site as soon as the situation gets better.
Until then: stay safe, healthy and take your responsibility on not spreading this virus.
Webale nyo 🖤
Week 24: 26th May
WE ARE BACK! After two months in lockdown, today was our first day back on site and we could not be HAPPIER. Finally, our team is back together and we can start roofing!
Week 24: Extended version
Progress is being made! After we were able to resume work last week, our team gave it their all to finish roofing the main building. In the mean time, the kitchen building got plastered too.
The past week was all about plastering the walls on our ground floor. As you can see, we‘ve made great progress and we can already imagine how nice our rooms will look.
Week 26 & 27:
Halfway into this crazy year 2020, we just want to share how happy and grateful we are to work with such an amazing team. Every day, these guys give it their all on the construction site. We
appreciate all the hard work and are thankful for the memories we are making together.
Last week, we worked on door and window framing on the ground floor and continued to plaster the walls. We are so happy with the progress we are making every week.
And so it continues ...we made it to the first floor! All window frames on the ground floor are plastered so we could move to the first floor where we are now casting the ceiling.
Lukas is learning from the best teachers: over the past months, he is constantly being trained by our workers to help and support them. Currently we are plastering the walls on the first floor. Lukas really enjoys being part of the team and getting involved. But he leaves it to the professionals to do the finishing touches so everything looks perfect.