Two new classrooms at Samroeng Village Primary School

Posted by on 01/08/2013

Some time ago a generous Australian donor gave me $5000 AUD to help build another classroom block at the main primary school in my village. Whilst waiting for more funds to come in so that the work could commence, another donor from Australia gave me the full amount estimated to finish the work, $13500 AUD. A couple of months before, I’d obtained a quote from the local building materials merchant to supply everything and he gave me a figure of $9500. I also had a quote from a builder of $3500 for the construction. I approached the building materials merchant two months later to sign a contract, when I had enough money, but he’d changed his mind. He wanted to engage his own builder, and wanted $20000 to supply materials and construct. This was much more than I was prepared to pay, and having just finished some extensions on my own house, I knew he was taking advantage of me. So Sreyda and I decided do the buying ourselves and she’d do all the organising. She is quite good at it, she managed the building of our house and the extensions. The original $5000 AUD I was given has now been used to commence work on another two classrooms at the Jesus School, Phnom Penh.

See my previous blogpost http://www.paleriders.com.au/two-new-classrooms-for-jesus-school-phnom-penh/

The school was finished and handed over in February 2014. It ended up costing around the same as the building materials merchant estimated but I know it was built stronger than he would have done it. There was probably too much cement and steel went into it but it will last a long time.

Delivering sand

Delivering sand

 

Large rock for foundations

Large rock for foundations

 

Reinforcing steel

Reinforcing steel

 

Soft steel for ties

Soft steel for ties

 

Samroeng Village Primary School

20000 bricks

 

Samroeng Village Primary School

Cutting reinforcing bars

 

Samroeng Village Primary School

Steel fixing

 

Samroeng Village Primary School

Preparing foundations

 

Samroeng Village Primary School

Construction site

 

Samroeng Village Primary School

Construction site

 

Samroeng Village Primary School

Preparing reinforcing steel for foundations

 

Samroeng Village Primary School

Srey Nyt and Rathsa supervising construction

 

Footings for columns

Footings for columns

 

Footings for columns

Footings for columns

 

Laying brick foundations

Laying brick foundations

 

Laying brick foundations

Laying brick foundations

 

Laying brick foundations

Laying brick foundations

 

Laying brick foundations

Laying brick foundations

 

Steel ties for column reinforcing

Steel ties for column reinforcing

 

Making up reinforcement for columns

Making up reinforcement for columns

 

Foundations taking shape

Foundations taking shape

 

Timber for formwork

Timber for formwork

 

No cement mixers here

No cement mixers here

 

Working on the foundations

Working on the foundations

 

Sreyda the Project Manager

Sreyda the Project Manager

 

Concreting the foundations

Concreting the foundations

 

Concreting the foundations

Concreting the foundations

 

Concreting the foundations

Concreting the foundations

 

Formwork stripped off

Formwork stripped off

 

Formwork stripped off

Formwork stripped off

 

Making up formwork for columns

Making up formwork for columns

 

Buying doors and windows

Buying doors and windows

Pouring the upper beams

Pouring the upper beams

 

Windows fitted

Windows fitted

 

Brickwork nearing completion

Brickwork nearing completion

 

Concrete beams poured

Concrete beams poured

 

Fill for the floor

Fill for the floor

Windows fitted

Windows fitted

 

Floor filled ready for concrete

Floor filled ready for concrete

 

Samroeng Village Primary School

 

Samroeng Village Primary School

 

Samroeng Village Primary School

 

Samroeng Village Primary School

 

Another load of rock

Another load of rock

More large rocks

More large rocks

Two new classrooms

Two new classrooms

New classrooms completed

New classrooms completed

New classrooms completed

New classrooms completed

 

 

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