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PROJECT UGANDA: COUGARS CREATING CLASSROOMS

What we will do:

  • Transform two shipping containers into a classroom building to serve a school of underprivileged children at Mwebaza School in Uganda.
  • Utilize a building design created with the assistance of a Sunset Middle School (SMS) Design Class.
  • Engage Niwot High School (NHS) teams and clubs in designing and painting building exterior, installing solar power, wiring electrical outlets and fixtures, and finishing interior with drywall and paint.
  • Lead students from the Career Development Center (CDC) in designing and welding the upper story of the building.
  • Recruit community contractors and builders to teach students skills necessary to complete building tasks.
  • Educate students at NHS, Niwot Elementary, SMS, and CDC about Uganda, Mwebaza School, and the challenges facing developing nations.
  • Inspire students at Niwot Elementary and NHS to raise funds to ship the container building to Uganda.
  • Fill the containers with components needed to transform the containers into a 3-room classroom building including roof trusses, windows, and a solar power array.
  • Gather playground equipment, medical supplies, computers, and furniture to place in the containers with the assistance of NHS, SMS, and Niwot Elementary students and the St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD).
  • Transport the containers to Mwebaza School in Uganda with the guidance of the nonprofit, Homes of Living Hope, that has shipped such container buildings all over the world.
  • Empower students and their community to make a positive difference in the world through participation in this project.

Who will do it:

  • Project Management: The Mwebaza Foundation, mwebaza.org, and Homes of Living Hope, www.homesoflivinghope.org
  • Design: Students of NHS, SMS, and CDC, Homes of Living Hope, The Mwebaza Foundation
  • Oversight: SVVSD Facilities Department
  • Construction: NHS and CDC students
  • Student Supervision: SVVSD Facilities Department, NHS and CDC staff, and community volunteers
  • Fundraising: The Mwebaza Foundation, Niwot Elementary and NHS students
  • Shipping and Delivery: Homes of Living Hope

Timeline:

  • Spring 2018: Collect donations of construction materials. Upper story fabricated at CDC.
  • Fall 2018: Containers delivered to Niwot High School. Construction begins.
  • December 2018: Containers shipped to Uganda.
  • March 2019: Containers arrive in Uganda and are transformed into classroom building.

Design:

  • 2 containers, placed side-by-side, with adjacent walls removed
  • Containers bolted together
  • Moveable interior wall
  • Open-air classroom on top constructed of welded metal panels and roof trusses

How you can help:

Please contact us at mwebazafoundation@gmail.com, if you are interested in helping with the following:

  • Supervise students in completing construction tasks
  • Sponsor this project through a monetary donation to assist with shipping costs
  • Donate necessary construction materials:
    • SMALL ITEMS
      • school supplies: wooden pencils, ink pens, notebooks, handheld pencil sharpeners, crayons, chalk
      • medical supplies: antibiotic ointment, bandages, children’s liquid pain reliever/fever reducer, tweezers, burn cream, rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer
      • gardening tools: hoes, shovels, trowels, rakes, watering cans
      • hand tools: hammers, screwdrivers, saws, pliers, wrenches
      • sports equipment: colored sports pinnies, soccer balls, soccer goalposts, jump ropes
      • children’s black dress shoes in good condition
      • small storage lockers
      • reader eyeglasses of different strengths
      • cast iron or camping cookware
    • LARGE ITEMS
      • power tools: saws, drills
      • band instruments: trumpets, trombones, saxophones, clarinets, flutes, drums, tubas
      • lightweight, plastic folding tables
      • chicken wire or plastic mesh fencing
      • sewing machines
    • EXTRA LARGE ITEMS
      • medium-sized or large event tents (10’ x 10’ or larger)
      • industrial copier
      • sturdy playground equipment: swings, slides, spinners, jungle gyms
      • metal fenceposts
      • cement
      • metal or plastic storage sheds
    • BUILDING SUPPLIES
      Interior Metals for Rooftop

      HSS3x3x3/16 column mat’l = 96’

      HSS2x2x3/16 purlin mat’l = 186’

      L2x2x1/8 for attaching to purlin P2 = 62’

      HSS3x2x3/16 = 145’ for trusses

      HSS1 ½”sq. X 1/8” = 52’

      Mc12x10.6 stringers – 40’

      Miscellaneous steel = ½” & ¼” steel plates for connections –

      Railings top & bottom rails – HSS2” sq. x 1/8’ at top & bottom & ea side of ea panel – 320’ total estimate

      Security panels – 2” sq. x1/8” at top and bottom of each panel – 184’ estimate

      Angle Iron for Interior Support

      HSS2X1 ½ X 3/16 columns = 2- 7’-6 pieces = 15’ total

      Column for Interior Support

      L5x3x1/4 = 2 40’ pieces = 80’

      Corrugated Metal Sheets for Railings

      20 sheets of 10’ x’ 3’ in red

      An in-kind tax receipt will be issued upon request for item donations

The Mwebaza Foundation Featured in Niwot Country Living

Many Niwot residents will recognize the name Dale Peterson, a teacher at Niwot Elementary School, the founder of the Mwebaza Foundation, a cultural exchange project the motto for which is “Sharing Cultures, Building Communities, Enriching Lives.” This foundation grew out of Peterson’s 2006 first-grade pen-pal exchange with a Kenyan School. Given the development of political upheaval in Kenya, Peterson’s young writers were connected with a new group of students in Kyengera, Uganda, over 8500 air miles from Colorado. Despite the distance, the language and cultural differences, one particular Niwot father-son duo maintain their connection with the East African nation a decade after it began.
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