Saturday, April 25, 2009
Me in a grass classroom good thing the kids are smaller than me! Five kids squeeze into these desks for six hours of class.
It is nice to know where your money is going. Here is the building cost and materials for the two classrooms.
Rebar for the cement floor: $421.05
Gravel for the foundation: $770.02
Metal facia for ground floor: $505.26
Rebar for the cement walls: $1,1178.95
Metal Corner posts: $505.26
Metal door and window frame supports: $212.63
Metal fasica for ceiling: $292.63
Outside coating of water sealant: $1,052.63
Rain gutters: $257.91
Wood drop ceiling: $757.89
Interior coating: $303.16
Stucco coating for outside: $682.10
Chalkboard area coating: $88.43
Coating for interior concrete floor: $663.15
Metal door: $210.53
Metal Windows: $526.31
Metal aeration vents: $75.79
Paint for interior walls: $669.47
Paint for doors and windows: $94.48
Chalkboard paint: $117.91
Fourteen new school desks: $795.79
Total contribution from America is: $16,497.14
My community will provide sand, water, and hard work. There cost is calculated below.
Labor: 11 people x 90 days = 990 laborers/work days.
$3.37 per day x 990 = $3,334.74. The total labor cost.
It is shocking to realize that $3.37 per day for work is a very good wage. Hired farm workers make $1.58 per day and it is considered good money. Most families live on about a dollar a day here.
Sand: 300 carts of sand x $4.21 per cart= $1,263.16.
The sand meeds to be very fine in order to make the cement strong. They will carry it from about 4 miles away on ox carts.
Water: 1000 carts x $0.63 per cart = $631.57
The community will contribute all of these things for free. There work hours, the sand, and the water. They are putting out a lot of effort for the school because they realize the importance of education and many of my older friends wished they had had the oppertunity to graduate from primary school.