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Construction Update Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos


July 2010

Kitchen and dining hall, north side.

In the past weeks, strong and continuous rain have caused some delay on certain construction projects at Casa Padre Wasson in Nicaragua. Nevertheless, we will be able to meet our goal and finish the construction of the kitchen and dining hall as well as the construction of the primary school by the end of this year.

Pequeños at Casa Padre Wasson.

In the last week of June, our construction workers cleared the area for the new school. Our projection is to finish the foundations and start with the walls at the end of August. The roof is scheduled for November and in December we will get the building ready for the start of the school year in the second half of January. We are digging the trenches for two more houses in the boys’ area. At the end of this year we expect to have a total of nine homes in the boys’ area and seven homes in the girls’ area. In addition, our Construction Manager and architect Damarys Galeano is working on the design for the National Director’s house (construction start in September 2010, estimate for completion, February 2011).

Clearing the land for the school.

The multifunctional sports court is completed. When the last square meters of cement were still drying our youths had their first test games and are now using it every night (probably inspired by the world cup) for soccer matches. We are now building the grandstands. Two engineers have helped us with our master plans; an electrical engineer and water and sewage engineer. With these plans we can then request cost estimates from companies. We expect to be able to complete most of the drinking water and wastewater network ourselves but we will contract a company for the electrical system. Cost estimates and detailed plans will be available soon.

Celebrating at Casa Padre Wasson.

Multifunctional sports court.

Kitchen and dining hall, south side. Our students´ house and office in Managua, Casa Guadalupe was built before the earthquake in 1972. Unfortunately, it is now presenting several structural damages. The cement roof is leaking and needs to be replaced. To remove the roof would destabilize the entire building. Since the original use of the home was for a single family, and our number of male university students is constantly growing,

the home has become too small and not practical. Architect Damarys Galeano and engineer Juan Lopez checked the conditions of the building and finally recommended to build a new, two-story house with dorms, a kitchen and living room, a study area and office space. Thanks to support from Holland, we will be able to start construction in September and estimate to finish in February 2011.

Casa Guadalupe House Plan

First floor

Second floor

Actual and future mayor construction projects 2010 -2012 Casa Padre Wasson, Nicaragua


Homes Total of 7 (in addition to existing 9). Cost estimate: $420,000 Status: 100% funded Time line: to be completed Dec 2010 Kitchen/ Dining Hall Cost estimate: $320,777 Status: 100% funded Time line: to be completed Dec 2010 Primary School Cost estimate: $250.000 Status: 100% funded Time line: to be completed Dec 2010 National Director´s House Cost estimate: $60.000 Status: 100% funded Time line: Sep 2010 – Feb 2011


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Cost estimate: Working on plans and cost estimate. Funding status: 0% Time line: second phase (to connect boys´ homes, kitchen and dining hall and school): to be completed Jan 2011 Clinic Cost estimate: unknown Funding status: 0% Time line: depends on funding. Architect is working with NPHI Medical team on the design. Workshops Cost estimate: unknown Funding status: 0% Time line: Architect is working on the design for welding and carpentry, both high priority projects as involved in the construction projects.

Casa Guadalupe in Managua Cost estimate: $70.000 Status: 100% funded Time line: Sep 2010 – Feb 2011

Garage and Mechanic Workshop Cost Estimate: $33,129 Funding Status: 0% Time line: needed in Dec 2010, when vehicles will be brought to new home. Construction will start as soon as funding available.

Two Homes Cost estimate: $120.000 Funding status: 0% Time line: as soon as funding available

Volunteer House Cost estimate: unknown Funding status: 0% Time line: Design in progress.

Sports Court Elementary School Cost estimate: $14,794 Funding status: 0% Time line: Jan 2011

Secondary School Cost estimate: $250,000 Funding Status: 0% Time line: Architect will work on the detailed plans at the beginning of 2011.

Chapel Cost estimate: unknown Funding status: $100,000 available Time line: Design in progress. Visitors House Cost estimate: unknown Funding status: 0% Time line: Design in progress.


Infrastructure (Electricity, Drinking Water, Sewage System, Roads

Two Homes Cost estimate: $120,000 Funding status: 0% Time line: as soon as funding available

Workshops (sewing, electricity, shoe making and cosmetology) Cost estimate: unknown Funding Status: 0% Time line: Architect will present design till Dec 2010. Pre-School and Therapy Center “Buen Samaritano” Cost estimate: unknown Funding Status: 0% Time line: First design proposal for this 2 model building exists. We will present final version till Dec 2010.

Administrative Offices Cost estimate: unknown Funding status: 0% Time line: Architect is working on the design.

Babies House Cost estimate: $250,000 Funding status: 0% Time line: as soon as funding available.

Marcos Marquina joined the NPH Peru family in May and now heads the ambitious construction project that will eventually house up to 500 children and staff.


Before coming to NPH Marcos worked on a variety of projects including working as project engineer for a mining company in Cero de Pasco (one of the world´s highest cities) and more recently constructing eight story apartment blocks in Peru´s capital, Lima. With this experience Marcos is more than aware of the challenges of building in Peru and arrives in Cañete with plenty of experience working on large scale projects.

Marcos, the new Construction Manager.

Marcos is excited to be part of the creation of NPH Peru´s permanent home. “I like this project a lot,” he says. “I am excited to be working on a charity sector project that has the potential to make a big difference for many children and to the surrounding area. “What we are building is essentially an urban settlement. It differs from my previous work in that here I am required to coordinate not only the construction of multiple buildings but all the amenities including water supply, electricity and sewage.” But our new engineer is realistic about the challenges that lie ahead.

Brickwork on house #3.

“A project like this is full of complex problems to solve, we have to plan ahead and communicate carefully with the many people involved, contractors, donors, various NPH offices, volunteer staff, NPH Peru staff etc.” Nevertheless, Marcos remains positive after his first month in the job. “The project is now moving forward and I feel confident that, as long as we continue to raise the necessary funds, we can achieve our target of moving our family to the property in January 2011.” House #3 in front of house #1 and water tower.

Diagram of waste water treatment plant

Waste water treatment system (P-PER-10014) Our next project is the construction of the wastewater treatment system. We accepted the offer of a company in Lima that developed a special system of biological wastewater treatment. This system works without chemicals and with minimum need of electricity. It´s capacity is 30m3/ day, what can be expanded if necessary. We will be able to use the cleaned water for irrigation. Once we have the funding, the company promises a short installation time (app. one month).

Cost estimate: $55,000 Funding status: 0% Time line: as soon as funding available

The water tower, cistern and elevated tank are now finished. All that remains is to install the machinery that will make the system operational. This should be completed within two weeks. We then need to raise funds to complete the water networks that will link the tower to the houses Houses three and four are currently being built. At the end of the day today almost all the brickwork was complete on house three and a team was commencing on house four. Marcos predicts that by next week we will be pouring the columns on house three and the ´sobrecimientos´ on house four. Marcos is confident that if work continues at this rate we will complete both houses a few days ahead of schedule. This would mean we would have 4 houses complete by mid – late September. We continue raising funds for the following two houses and Marcos is confident that these too can be easily built on schedule by the end of the year.

Completed water tower.

We now have a quote from Edecañete to extend the external electrical network and build the internal network. Marcos is currently working on the finer details of this project to ensure the most cost effective proposal. We hope to upload a fundraising project in the coming days and begin to raise funds for this vital project In order to facilitate the move-in we are looking at purchasing a number of prefabricated buildings which will temporarily house departments such as psychology and the clinic until these buildings are built in the following years.

Control box for water tower.

Contributed by John Rolph, NPH Peru Home Correspondent and Project Coordinator

Preparing foundation for house #4.


Living room in new house.

Girls brushing teeth in bathroom.

For the next phase of construction in our home in Bolivia we are looking for a construction manager, either local or a foreign expert. The construction manager is in charge of planning and supervision of the construction organizes the purchasing of materials and provides technical reports to NPH International and our offices and donors. He or she needs to be fluent in Spanish and has experience in the supervision and management of mayor construction projects. Ideally, he or she has already worked abroad and in intercultural situations. We modified the Nicaraguan house design and adjusted it to local conditions in Bolivia. We are receiving a generous donation of roof tiles and therefore will not use metal sheets for the roof. At the moment, we are working on a detailed cost estimate for these new houses and we hope to be able to start the next construction phase soon, as our family is continuously growing. Construction was 100% completed by April 12th. Furnishing the home was the next step, building beds and wardrobes in each room, tables, chairs and bookshelves in the living area and equipping the kitchen. This took an additional two-weeks. We then re-arranged the division of the children in the homes. The boy’s house (Don Bosco) was divided in two; one section for the older boys attending secondary school (three total ) along with the house coordinator and space for and additional four more secondary boys that we might receive throughout the year as new admissions. Our National Director, Jose Luis Guzman and his family live in the other half of the house.

Boys preparing to move in.

In the girl’s house (Betania), our youngest three girls moved in with one of our year of service youth. We are awaiting to have three more girls move in. There will be space for about 10 more admissions in this house. Thanks to these two new homes we estimate 20 more children will arrive throughout this year. Both houses consist of: Four large bedrooms with windows (each with capacity for 4-5 children each), bathroom with four sinks and four toilets, shower room with four showers and four sinks, bedroom with private bathroom for the caregivers to live in (capacity for two adults), storage closet, living/study area, kitchen, launderette and patio.

Alenia in her year of service as a caregiver with girls.

Contributed by Marta Vallespin, NPH Bolivia Home Correspondent and Project Coordinator

Energy Savings with Solar Water Tanks (P-HON-10019) Sunshine is abundant here in Honduras and we are making good use of the energy provided by the sun. We are in the process of installing four solar water heating systems in the house of the youngest girls, grandparents, laundry, and kitchen. This will significantly reduce our electricity bill. We want to continue this energy-saving project and equip four more houses with solar heaters (internal clinic, babies’ house, visitors’ house, and special needs girls’ house). Generating our own energy will save us money and will allow us to support more children in need of help. The cost per system is $2,800 Project total: $11,850 Funding status: 0% Roof Construction (P-HON-08007 and P-HON-10007) Since founding our home and building houses for the 500 plus children, our roofs have deteriorated over time. The moment has come to replace some of our rooftops. We will be using cured pine wood to prevent termites, and switching from the old tiles to a newer and stronger roof covering. In a previous project (P-HON-08007) we hoped to repair the existing roofs, but as work progressed it became evident that the roofs needed to be replaced completely. Additionally we have found that doors, door frames, and window frames are in need of replacement, mostly from the use of uncured pine wood and subsequent termites. These roofs for the moment are for our boys’ home where 180 boys and young men live. Below is our revised our proposal. Materials Labor Electrical Installations Door and Window Repair Allowance 20% Total

P-HON-08007 $42,000 $7,895 $1,579 $4,737 $11,242 $67,453

P-HON-10007 $70,000 $13,000 $2,000 $8,000 $18,700 $111,700

Contributed by Armin Spichiger, NPH Honduras Project Coordinator

For more information contact: Dortje Treiber at: dtreiber @ Text: Dor tje Treiber, NPHI Director of Countr y Suppor t Design: Monica Ger y, NPHI Information Officer