WHY WE BUILD
Basic community services such as primary education, basic health care, and basic water supplies are key to well-being of local communities. Our construction projects focus on addressing basic human needs; from building classroom blocks to expanding hospital facilities, each of our construction projects builds change by making access to basic services a reality for everyone.
WHAT WE BUILD
Currently, we support construction projects in four key areas:
- Education. In Bolivia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Malawi, and Zambia, our teams assist in the construction of classroom blocks, nurseries, and teacher houses.
- Health. In Bangladesh, we construct a Nursing School. In the past we have also constructed hospitals, clinics and doctor bungalows in Ghana, India, and Zambia.
- Water, sanitation & hygiene. In Ethiopia, we build public latrines that also provide a livelihood for those that run the lartine service. At schools in Ghana, Malawi, and Zambia, we build latrines and girl’s changing rooms. In the past, we have also constructed water systems in Ecuador and the Dominican Republic.
- Sustainable livelihoods. In Ecuador, we construct stores for cacao cooperatives.
HOW WE BUILD
If we want to achieve a long-lasting impact, we have to manage projects well. It’s not just implementation; it’s programming, identification, monitoring, and evaluation. This is how we work.
- Programming. For each program period, we work with our field partner to plan out the projects that we’re going to support in the coming 4 years.
- Identification. Two years before the project, our project team visits the project for the first time. They meet with the community and assess the relevance and feasibility of the project. We mark the project on our website using Google Earth, so participants and other supporters can see exactly where their project is located.
- Preparation. Our project team visits the community for a second time to see if the community has prepared the required number of bricks, piles of stones, and other natural materials. When the project officers give the go-ahead, we transfer the first amount to our partners. It takes them a few weeks to purchase the required construction materials and transport them to the project location. Our partners also monitor and coach the local community in preparing the foundations of the building.
- Implementation. When the foundation is ready, and the short-term mission team has arrived, the construction work can start. Our teams work under the supervision of a local contractor. Men, women, and young people from the community also help in the construction work.
- Monitoring. Our project team monitors all of our projects during and after implementation. We frequently check up on our projects in the field, especially when implementation or utilization is being delayed. Visiting the projects regularly helps us to learn why some projects are not finished in time and also provides us an opportunity to lobby with those who can speed things up.
- Evaluation. At the end of the program period, when all the projects in the program have been completed, we bring in an external evaluator to independently assess the projects and other program activities.