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Report by partner organisation TAK

Construction of TEC teachers houses

TAK foundation had the privilege to receive thirtyone visitors from the Netherlands from 3rd August to 20th August 2016. The visitors were accommodated in Tamalaki Education Centre for two and a half weeks. During their stay and working in the school, they made great impact both to the organization and to the staff who had good time to interact. The visitors participated in building the school teachers quarters from the foundation, interacted with the communities around and also participated in sporting activities around the school.

Through the partnership of the World Servants team and TAK Africa, the visitors from Netherlands volunteered to come and construct houses for Tamalaki Education Centre teachers inside the school compound. The facility under construction will be able to host up to 10 teachers who will be around the school compound to boost efficiency in their service delivery. The project started off in August and its ongoing at TEC.

The construction
The construction of teachers houses at Tamalaki Education Centre started off with the foundation laying before the World Servants team joined in and started constructing, leveling the foundation and building the walls. The supply of sand, cement, gravel and building blocks was on time and of high quality. The team was given protective gear at the site and assistance from the school fraternity was always welcomed as the lead contractor was on site too.

The construction took a maximum of 15 days with breaks for weekends and some other activity days where the team relaxed around the school and interacted with the teachers and the community members around, as well went for excursions in and around Nairobi.

The WS team was assisted by a local construction team and a local expert in construction who took the daily lead together with 2 staff memebers from WS. The team was shown the plan of the building, summoned before start of construction on precautions to put in place during the stay and prayers and devotions were part and parcel of this daily activity.

Water was being supplied constantly by the school borehole which is a few meters away from the construction site. The connection to the borehole had some problems which caused the team to buy water from a truck.

By the time the team left, they had finished laying the base foundation, wall grills setting for support, walls for ground floor and curing of the wall blocks had began. The team was planning to put on the slab but did not manage in time. The team struggled a bit with the heavy construction blocks but did very well and managed to put up all the walls. The team also helped in cleaning the landscape surrounding the construction by collecting broken blocks and cement papers.

The visitors were welcomed by TAK CEO Mr. Ngaira, Helene and Annemieke (directors) and Bart (Manager West Kenya) and the staff of TEC on the eve of 3rd August as we had eagerly been waiting for them. Helene, Annemieke and Bart waited for the team at the aiport. Annemieke and Bart stayed with the team throughout the period.

The whole team was housed in the school dormitory which had just been completed, hours before their arrival.  The accommodation was highly appreciated since it was conducive, spacious, flushing toilets and showers. They also liked the weather which was favorable for them.

The Tamalaki staff assisted in maintaining cleanliness in the dormitory, providing meals on time and a standby clinician was at site just in case of an emergency. The accommodation had beds, matrasses and mosquitonets. There was a separation between ladies and mens side with curtains. The family with baby slept in a separate room.

All the meals were prepared in the Kitchen of Tamalaki by 2 cooks, as per the menu prepared by Annemiek and Trizah (school manager). The visitors enjoyed the meals and appreciated a lot.
The meals were both Dutch and African. The meals included rice, beans, ugali, fresh bread, meat, Irish potatoes, spagetti, sodas (Coca Cola, Fanta, etc), chapati, local vegetables and fruits and lots of drinks. Water was purified by the WS team with their own equipment. The meals were served in the dining hall adjacent to the dormitory.

Social Interaction and Spiritual Growth
The staff interacted well with the visitors. This was made easier by use of common language; English. The TEC staff and the Dutch also held evening fellowships for spiritual nourishment which was attributed by the fact that all are Christians. The team had prepared daily Bible activities with children. Every day children from the area and  the Dutch team had morning sessions together which they enjoyed greatly. They learned together in the nursery room using the available resources with the assistance of Tamalaki Staff and Dutch team. Unfortunately not as many children came as planned. It was not clear to the TEC team that the Bible classes would be on every day, as in advance it was communicated that this would take place only once with a big event. There was a slight misunderstanding. The children in the area, during break time, have all kinds of home activities such as walking with the cows and goats hence their parents did not release them for Bible classes. This was a learning point and will be taken into consideration for another time.

Cultural Integration and Language Teaching.

The Dutch people were taught the basic words in Maasai language. They also had a chance to spend a night with the neighbouring community and interact with them. They also learnt how to dance like the Maasai community through evening story telling time. The TEC team believed they had good interaction and learned some of the cultural aspects of the area. As the community is wide spread and people going to the market during the day there was not too much interaction but the home visists really helped as well as the walks in the area.

Co-operation with the WSN project staff.
The WSN team was very coordinated, dedicated, prayerful and hardworking from the first day at work. They were involved in all steps of the construction from mixing of sand, planning and construction of the walls, fetching water and general monitoring of the construction process. They were supported very closely by the Tamalaki staff and the stakeholders from Tak head office. Sometimes materials seemed to be coming too late but always arrived on time. TAK does not stock many materials because of theft of materials. Hence it took some time sometimes to have materials on site but did not delay the process.

Involvement of the stakeholders
The community members were supposed to come during the period and in particular the chairman of the Parent Teacher Association (a known community member) was supposed to come as well as the chief. Unfortunately they got engaged elsewhere with community issues. The chairman came during the period of construction to see the progress and the community also showed up bit by bit. There was not much involvement. The local construction team that was working alongside with the WS team, some were from the area. At the last day of their stay, the stakeholders, community members and staff of Tamalaki was very grateful by holding a joint meal and thanksgiving for the progress of the project

Lessons learned
The TEC staff learnt a lot from the Dutch people:

Teamwork an cooperation

This was seen in every activity they were undertaking like in the building whereby they followed their leaders instructions.All the activities were conducted in a coordinated and planned way without any inconveniences caused from either party. Also the division of work was done consistently.

Time management

The Dutch were very good at keeping time from the time they wake up to evening.They maintained time keeping even during the meals which were prepared in time.This really helped in the daily activities and it was emulated by the TEC staff up to date

Volounteer work
The Dutch portrayed a very good picture to the Tamalaki staff when they diligently did volunteer work by building the teachers houses.May God bless WSN

As for the planning goes, all went well except a few hickups here and there and lessons are learned from that. A team from TAK was in place but more communication should have taken place between the team on the ground and the office. However, all worked out well!

It was a great learning curve to have a large team for many days being hosted by TAK and this will help us in the future with having more groups and being more smooth in planning of events and food.

Josphat Ngaira Musumba  (CEO)

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Tamalaki Education Centre ligt 40 km van de hoofdstad Nairobi. In deze hoofdstad wonen ongeveer 3.363.000 inwoners. Hier is de officiële taal Engels, maar er wordt ook Kiswahili en Kikuyu gesproken.
Verder is de gemiddelde jaartemperatuur is 19 graden, tijdens de koudste maand juli is de temperatuur gemiddeld 16,8 graden en in de warmste maand maart is de gemiddelde temperatuur 20,5 graden.
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, de luchthaven van Nairbi, is de grootste luchthaven van Oost Afrika.

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  1. De leraren hebben geen goede eigen woning, met genoeg sanitaire voorzieningen.
  2. De leraren wonen allemaal bij elkaar en hebben weinig privacy

  1. Een eigen woning voor de leraren met hun eigen sanitaire voorzieningen
  2. Leraren onderdak geven zodat ze dichtbij de school wonen en het toegankelijker is om naar hun werk plek te gaan