Women in Crisis Centre - Kibera, Kenya 2011
MWEDO Girls Secondary School - Tanzania 2010-2012
Hijos de Manana Day Care Center - Peru 2008
Maternity Ward and HIV/AIDS Counseling - Kenya 2007
ROTH Scholars - Kenya & Tanzania
Reach Out to Humanity (ROTH) is a registered infrastructure building charity, committed to helping people realize and retain their rights to proper health care, clean
water, education, nutrition and shelter. For the most part, that for us
means building the spaces and structures communities need to continue
and enhance the work of their own leaders, organizers and change-makers;
a nursery, a maternal health ward, a bore hole, a girls’ school. We
want to give a home to sustainable, community-owned development. To explore some of our past projects please check out the following links:
The last two weeks of the project were without rest for the
volunteers! With a strict deadline
looming, windows frames still needed to be painted, touch-ups still needed to
happen, final floors needed to be poured, and finishings still needed
installing. Working straight
through the weekend, from dawn until dusk, we finally managed to finish the
building on time for the August 17th deadline.
While our local workers were working away at the construction of the roof,
volunteers started painting the inside of the building: three new
classrooms and the laboratory.
Week 7 has seen all hands on deck
and all eyes on the calendar. The official opening is slated for the
17th of August, and with that deadline in mind ROTH’s
intrepid team of volunteers has been working overtime. However,
although much work remains to be done, there is no cause for panic.
The pieces are all falling into place one by one, and each passing
day brings new achievements.
As would say our charming volunteer coordinator Claudel, "though they may follow each other, the weeks certainly do not resemble one another".
The continued chilly mornings have made week 5’s labour intensive tasks a little easier to complete. The site is looking chaotic, but we like to think of it as the opposite of the calm before the storm - it’s the disarray that comes right before things really start to take their final form. We’re getting close!
This week, with cool mornings perfect for working conditions, volunteers were busy cutting ring beam and preparing for the roof. Most of the work currently being done on the site is very labour intensive, including lifting 60lb concrete blocks used to form the building walls and cutting ringbeam with a saw for the steel roof fixtures. Volunteers work beside local labourers in an effort to complete tasks in the most effiecient and effective way possible.
This week the building really started to take form. Monday was a big day for our volunteers. Thomas and Tim carried large rocks and laid them on the foundation in preparation for the concrete floor. As a result of this hard work, we were able to lay gravel the next day. On Tuesday, volunteers Tim and David, fixed the pipes for the plumbing in the laboratory. It was a long day for all involved, not leaving the site until 6:30PM. However, this gave us an opportunity to spend time with the girls at the school and participate in their evening downtime. We watched them dance and sing together, which was a beautiful and very unique experience for many of us.
The second week of
work was fully loaded. First, we began with pouring the foundations. We got to work early on Monday morning and hit the ground running and were fortunate to have the help of local women and men. While
some of the volunteers were busy preparing the concrete with water, cement, sand and aggregate,
others were pouring the foundations with the help of a human chain. Volunteers assisted local women in transporting heavy buckets of water to feed into the concrete mixer.