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.
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