Post-Pam April 2015
Following a request by Cyrille Mainguy, for assistance to view and help rebuild two classrooms at Vila North School, SHaRM Pikinini Ecole Foundation member, Stuart Friend, inspected the buildings on 3rd December 2015 which coincided with a delivery of books from Air Vanuatu’s Sydney collector and other resources provided to the School Headmistress, Elian Klan. Stuart was able to check on the school and its current requirements.
Our project working group under the guidance of project manager Cyrille Mainguy, together with usual donors being BlueScope Lysaght, Vila Distribution (Hardware), Port Vila Hardware, and SHaRM, were able to coordinate and arrange the ordering, purchase and delivery of the materials required to repair and refurbish these two classrooms over the Christmas 2015-2016 period and during summer recess.
SHaRM Pikinini Ecole Foundation confirmed late in November 2015 to allocate funding towards this project given some 700 plus students attend this school which followed our on- site classrooms inspection by Stuart Friend on 3rd December 2015 and again on 18th December 2015. SHaRM were advised that both classrooms were in a very poor condition. Along with reroofing and truss strengthening, the old flooring tiles needed to be removed, walls painted, louvers repaired and/or replaced, doors and blackboards mended or repaired and a new verandah installed so the classrooms were ready to resume on 8th February 2016.
Structural Drawings supplied for this project by Cyrille Mainguy
Refurbishment commenced on 11th January 2016
SHaRM member, Stuart Friend, coordinated a team of workers together with a crew of 10 helpers provided by Vila North School to undertake the removal of the old roof and this work commenced work on 11th January 2016. This crew included workers from Mele, team leader Michele with four other workers.
The project at Vila North was professionally overseen by a qualified tradesman, Shannon Barabski from Prolink Plumbing & Gas Fitting, who supervised all the repairs and reinstallation of colour steel long run generously provided by BlueScope Lysaght via their assistance to school refurbishment scheme following Cyclone PAM. The work required insulation to be obtained and this donation was coordinated by Shannon who obtained 5 rolls of insulation blanket via VATE Industries. The insulation was generously donated by Thomas Monvoisin from VATE Industries sufficient to complete the job at Vila North.
The interior painting and floor cleaning was required to remove all the old and damaged tiles which was a major undertaking. The repainting was supported with funding from Byond Disaster Relief NZ and Australia who were onsite during the refurbishment week in January 2016. Byond’s funding enabled the purchase of interior wall and floor paint sufficient to complete the interiors of these two classrooms and provide the classrooms with a bright new finish.
The classrooms were ready for class commencement on 8th February 2016 despite the windows not being finished.
TIDY UP JOBS IN FEBRUARY 2016
SHaRM Foundation members undertook a further inspection of the two classrooms at the end of January 2016 and confirmed that it would allocate further funding to complete the window issue so as to provide security and weatherproofing for these two classrooms with the installation of louvers and glass, where required.
Funding was allocated to purchase sufficient new galleries to reinstate all windows. SHaRM have been assisted with a generous donation of glass from VGA Glass and Aluminium and we wish to record our thanks to Damien Smith and his team for providing the glass, the last item to complete this refurbishing project.
This work was completed on the weekend of 27th February 2016. The classrooms will be officially handed back to the school at a small function on 4th March 2016 organised by the school.
Additional Assistance Provided to Vila North
SHaRM and others have been able to assist and provide Vila North with :
- Surplus chairs and desks donated by Suango Mele Primary School
- Laminator and films from Byond Disaster Relief NZ
- 120 student stationery sets (approx) (pencil, sharpener, rubber, ruler and pen) in a plastic storage container from SHaRM’s container ex NZ
- Books and stationery items (Air Vanuatu Sydney) via Stuart Friend
- Plastic Chairs and paint for the doors (Vila Distribution)
- Ratua Foundation – donation of fully equipped back packs for the children of these two refurbished classrooms
Refurbishment and Repair Cost for Vila North – two classrooms and verandah
|Details||Donor||Cost in Vatu|
|Roofing iron||BlueScope Lysaght||145,340|
|Insulation for roofing – 5
|VATE Industries Limited||60,000|
|Roofing screws (1500)||Beach Bar||Donation|
|Roofing screws (500)||SHaRM||Donation|
|Additional roofing screws,
washers and roofing materials
|Wood and strapping
|Roofing supervision||Prolink Plumbing||Donation|
|Cyrille Mainguy||Engineer and Project
Manager for project
|Paint interior/floor paint/wages||Byond Disaster Relief NZ and Australia||83,113|
|Chairs and Paint||Vila Distribution Hardware||Donation|
|School bags and
|School stationery and
|SHaRM and Byond NZ||Donation|
|Mele Crew (5)||SHaRM||52,000|
|Mele Crew (5)||Vila North School –||donation|
|Total Cost||711,252 VT|
INSPECTION AND SIGN OFF BY CYRILLE MAINGUY, PROJECT MANAGER FOR VILA NORTH
Working with Cyrille Mainguy, Project Manager on all the rebuilding at Vila North, Cyrille has been liaising directly with the Ministry of Education as to progress re this refurbishment and the rebuild.
Cyrille will provide this report to the Ministry of Education, following his further final inspection of classrooms and circulation of this report.
Many thanks from SHaRM to all those concerned towards making this happen. Together we are ensuring these School facilities are being built back better, refurbished to a higher than ever standard with school facilities that will generate “a brighter future” for the children of Vanuatu.
For and on behalf of the SHaRM Pikinini Ecole Foundation
Per: Stephanie (Steph) Neilson
Dated 6 March 2016
- Excel Spreadsheet of payments
- Final evidence of payment receipts for Vila North
- The School at Vila North including caretaker and headmistress
- Cyrille Mainguy and his team at Cyrille Mainguy Engineer and Project Management Mele Crew – builders (5)
- BlueScope Lysaght (Narcisse Sumptoh) Beach Bar (Roxi Douglas)
- Prolink Plumbing – Shannon Baranski and team Port Vila Hardware (Alan Liew)
- Byond Disaster Relief teams from NZ and Australia (Lyndon Tamblyn/Tali Ezekiel) Ratua Foundation – Isabelle Henon
- Vila Distribution Hardware (Wayne Lance) VGA Glass and Aluminium (Damian Smith) VATE Industries Limited (Thomas Monvoisin)
- Suango Mele Primary School – donation of surplus school furniture
- SHaRM Pikinini Ecole Foundation (Stuart Friend, Robin Culph, Helen Collier-Kogtevs and Steph Neilson)
Spreadsheet and Receipts
VILA NORTH EXPENSES
|12.01.16||Byond NZ||Byond NZ||wages||22,000|