The Mpachika Kitchen Project
Here you can read all about the development of the Margaret Donald Multipurpose Hall Project which is partly funded by St Mark’s Church. The pictures in the banner above show stages of the development. Below is a full financial report from Mpachika in November 2009.
This however is a major project for our friends in Malawi and at the present time (September 2011) work is ingoing. There has been civil unrest in Blantyre recently and this has affected the lives of the people of Mpachika so we pray that all will be well with them. New photographs have been sent to us and these are here so that you can see progress on both the kitchen as well as a bell tower and office extension to the church.
C.C.A.P BLANTYRE SYNOD.
MAGRET DONALD MULTIPURPOSE HALL PROJECT:
PHASE THREE (ROOFING) STAGE REPORT.
|Rev Master Jumbe||A. J Katunga|
1st November, 2009.
A REPORT ON THE PROGRESS OF THE MARGARET DONALD MULTIPURPOSE HALL CONSTRUCTION (MPACHIKA C.C.A.P).
Margaret Donald Multipurpose Hall is a building within the premises of Mpachika CCAP Congregation which is being constructed with financial assistance from St. Marks’ Church of Aberdeen in Scotland. When completed the building shall be used by the Church through the Women Guild of the Congregation for different activities that would contribute to the spiritual as well as socio-economic growth of individuals and families of Mpachika Church Christians and the surrounding area. The building is solely funded by St Mark’s because the Congregation is busy fundraising for other three projects that are lined up for completion before the year 2012. These include completion of the Church building, construction of a manse and a fence around the church
2. USES OF THE BUILDING.
When completed the building will among other things, be used for the following activities:
• Holding of Women conferences and meetings.
• Conducting of income generating activities like tailoring etc.
• Conducting of training sessions for the Women Guild.
• Preparation of food during big occasions of the Church.
• Organization of fundraising activities for the Women.
• Teaching of Sunday school Children.
• Feeding centre for needy Children.
It is the belief of every member of Mpachika Congregation that the Hall will indeed contribute significantly to the spiritual as well as socio-economic development of not only C.C.A.P members but all the people living around the Church.
3. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND.
The construction of the building started in 2007 after a friendly discussion between Executive members of Mpachika and visitors from St Mark’s church in Aberdeen in Scotland during the later’ visit to the congregation. From the beginning of the project the work had been divided into Four phases as follows:
This phase involve.
Pouring of concrete footings
Building of foundation walls to slightly above ground level.
Filling sand Hardcore and ramming.
(THIS PHASE WAS QUOTATED AT MK376, 250. 00)
This phase involve ;
Casting concrete columns to ring beam.
Raising walls to wall plate.
Casting ring beams and Lintols
Ring Beam Filling.
(THIS PHASE WAS QUOTED AT MK743, 750.00)
Phase Three involve working on:
purchase of the following.
70No.2”x 6”x.18’ Rough swan soft wood
56No.2”x3”.18’ Rough swam softwood purlines.
25 Kilograms wire nails various
100 No.6”.8 angle plate (Wood Securing plates)
IBR Iron Sheets, Ridges and valleys
(THIS PHASE WAS QUOTED AT MK554, 000.00).
This phase involved working on:
Plastering inside and lime putty.
Fixing door and window frames.
Plumbing and sewer systems (manholes and septic tank)
Plundering, ceiling, cornice
Pointing and scatting outside.
Fixing doors, Pelmets, Cupboards Shelves.
THIS PHASE WAS QUOTED AT MK666, 500.00
These quotations are from ‘BITONI THE BUILDER’ a contractor who won the project in 2007 and they reflect prices of goods and services in 2007.
Due to the rise in the cost of different items the above quotations have also risen
Since the start of the project there have been so many challenges that have been encountered noted ones are as listed below:
i. Unavailability of reports in time to the Congregation members, Church executive and donors at every stage of the project.
ii. Some of the Contractors who were given the offer were un trustworthy in their provision of services.
iii. Luck of proper monitoring and evaluation ways by the Executive of the Church.
iv. Lack of coordination between the Church Executive, Building and Finance committees of the congregation.
5. WORK DONE;
Currently the construction of the building is at Phase Three i.e. Roofing Stage. The church received a grant from St Mark’ through Rev John Watson amounting to 2500 Pounds .When this money was converted into Malawian Kwacha it came to K458, 161.51.This money has been used to do all the work in Phase Three: There is a difference in the amount quoted and the amount used because the iron Sheets that have been used are not the ones in the quotation because it was discovered that the RBM type of Iron Sheets were too expensive to purchase at the time when the grant was received. This work has been done during the month of October, 2009.
The figure below explains how this money has been used:
Sr. No. DESCRIPTION COST(MK)
1 Timber purchase 124,000.00
2. Nails purchase 18,570.04
3. Iron sheets purchase 208,854.00
4. Cement purchase 12,400.00
5. Labour costs 10,780.00
6. Transport costs 14,700.00
7. River sand cost 7,000.00
8. Soliginum purchase 1,000.00
9. Revenue charges 1,950.00
10. Contractor’s charge 55,000.00
11 TOTAL COST 454,254.00
12 CAPITAL COST 458,161.51
13 BALANCE 3,907.47
Despite all the problems that were encountered since the start of the project it is pleasing to report that the ROOFING STAGE of the project has been very successful and completed within a short period of time. It is our hope that when funds are available the remaining phase shall also be completed in the shortest period of time. The Executive committee of the Congregation through the Moderator shall endeavour to produce reports to all stake holders.
7. WAYS FORWARD FOR THE PROJECT.
In trying to see a smooth and quick progress on the work of the project the following mechanisms have been put in place.
i. Institution of a committed Building committee at the Church.
ii. Institution of a vibrant Audit committee at the Church.
iii. Institution of proper monitoring and evaluation strategies
iv. Institution of proper reporting ways to the Church members, executive and to the donors.
v. Announcements of all expenditures to the members of the Church during church services.
vi. Sub contracting of workers for the project through open tender.
This report seeks to explain the progress of the project since it started to date. It also gives the details on how funds for the Roofing Phase of the house have been used. It is the belief of the producers of this report that anyone reading this report would find enough information on the progress of the Margaret Donald Multipurpose Hall project.
There is one phase still remaining to complete the project for it to be officially opened. This then means that funding for the project is still needed. As has already been explained above, members of Mpachika are also busy fundraising locally for the completion of other Church projects which are targeted for completion by 2012. It is the prayer of every member at Mpachika that through the hand of God more funds will be found for the completion of the Margaret Donald Multipurpose Hall.
The Church would like to thank St Mark’s Church for the untiring support it renders to Mpachika CCAP in different areas to individuals, groups of people and the entire congregation and in particular for the financial support it is rendering for the Margaret Donald Hall project. Special thanks should go to Rev John Watson, Margaret Donald, Rosalyn Rennie and Katthy Macbain for their passion towards members of Mpachika Congregation in particular and Malawians in general. It is the prayer of every member at Mpachika that the good relationship between Mpachika and St Mark’s would continue for the glory of God.
MAY GOD BLESS US ALL.