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:
    Electrical  
      12/3 w ground UF electrical cable 300 ‘
      Round 1 gang 20 cu in electrical ceiling boxes 8
      2 gang 32 cu in electrical boxes 14
      2-9/16 Cable protector plate 120
      Insulated cable staples 50
    Solar (or similar system that can produce 12kWhr on avg.)
      Solar panels, 295 watts/ 24VDC 12
      Inverter charger 3VKA-48VDS 1
      Green energy batteries AGM 12/200ah, sealed, deepcycle 8
      Mate control system 1
      Stacking device HUB-4 1
      Battery rack 1
      Panel frames 12