It is now just
over a year since the first sod was cut at the end of
May 2003 to begin the
excavations for the foundations of Phase 1, and the completion
of the finishing touches is now well in sight. It was no mean
task, given the slope of the site, to form the foundation walls
and fill and compact the resulting voids ready for laying the
concrete sub floor. Final preparations were completed to make sure that
lined up correctly.
The door frames were installed
and cast into the floor for added strength, which allowed the walls to be
securely built around them.
course of the internal walls was then laid so as to split up
the concrete floor slab to allow for natural shrinkage during curing
and to predetermine expansion / contraction joints in an
otherwise large area. The momentum of work has never
ceased in building
the walls up to roof height. A reinforced concrete
earth-tremor ring beam to prevent inward collapse in the
unfortunate event of a major earthquake has topped these
- Tremors of around 5.9 on the Richter scale are not
unknown in the Dodoma Region. Roofing works have been
completed. Work to the intersecting roof, which involved
the old sheeting, altering the roof structure and getting it all
watertight again had to be completed in just one 16-hour day, as it
was the rainy season at the time.
has been plastered throughout, floor screeds laid, plumbing works have been
completed, the guttering is up so as to ensure that next
year's rains are harvested in time for making the blocks for
Phase 2, all the doors have been hung, dado
rails fitted in the ward, delivery suite and corridors to protect the walls from bed and trolley
movements and decorations,
including tiling in the
sluice and ward bathroom, have been completed, and electricity
The only remaining
task is to install inspection covers for the external drains,
and those are busy curing, and will be fitted in a couple of
We continue to give praise that this has been made
possible and give thanks to an increasing number of donor
organisations for their generosity.
Phase I takes Shape
The ground drainage was laid
ahead of the
rains - a vital
piece of work to avoid substantial environmental
erosion, as the old drainage run had to be taken up when the
new extension foundations were dug.
Ring Beam Gable
children of the local Ving'hawe Primary School brought
water twice a week to keep the water levels in the Tanks
provided by St. Bede's School, Redhill topped up.
the blocks damp is a vital part of the curing process!
2 Construction Works
the facilities adding
a theatre to cater for all mothers, and not just
those who are not expected to have complications in
The delivery suite
opened on 8th July 2005 by the District Commissioner of
Mpwapwa, Col (Rtd.) Enos Mfuru
allow those with known safe deliveries to give birth in a
clean safe environment – adding a theatre as planned under
Phase 2 will ensure that
all complications and emergencies could be given equal
3 has added an additional ward, independent of the main
building to allow those recovering from Caesareans not to take
up bed space for those able to give birth normally.
Phase 4 due to open during 2007 will add an Anaesthetic
& Recovery Room Suite.
Putting a building up is like conducting an orchestra; all the
sections need to be brought together in harmony so that the music flows.
The team has worked hard to produce a very pleasing result
that will provide a valuable service for many years to
come. Now the time has come for final rehearsals to
prepare everything for that first delivery!
We give thanks
to God for everyone who has made this possible.
The Concrete Blocks