Needed School…Generous Donors…Helpful Volunteers…Poor Concrete!

A foundation built by the “poor concrete-mixer” or shovels on the ground

This image demonstrates once again that generosity and volunteerism can be misapplied. When we witness shovel mixing of concrete on the ground we ask: “Would you allow a school in Atlanta, St. Louis or Sacramento to be built with this method?”

Then why is it OK to raise money, recruit volunteers and then not use the technology that we enjoy in the US to build a stronger foundation?

The problem is not money, it is misplaced priorities.
Mxing concrete on the ground for a school is poor use of good help

We realize that limited financial resources create many of these issues, but just kicking the concrete quality issue down the road doesn’t seem to be a very sustainable practice. Many times this practice has proven to be a waste of resources when we are forced to rebuild following a disaster.

We can understand the difficulty of getting every home constructed with a strong foundation, but something as large and important as a school should be targeted for better construction technology.

We attended an event the other day where the architects were suggesting that schools and churches be built as disaster evacuation and relief sites. If the foundation is poorly produced and it falls down like all the houses in town, then what good is that plan?

These school projects need generous donors who will fund local entrepreneurs to become partners in the nations concrete supply chain. Help them to own and operate appropriately scaled equipment that will take the shovels out of the hands of volunteers and create foundations that will sustain an earthquake, flood or hurricane.  There is plenty of other work that volunteers can do besides attempting to stir concrete mixes on the ground.

Until we change our thinking concerning local supply chain management and economic growth we will never cure the poorest concrete on earth. Are you thinking the same way?

Bruce Christensen is the author at CementTrust


About cementtrust

I am a director with Cement Trust and passionate about improving cement-based production in the poorest nations of the world.
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