ZAR60,661raised of R65,000.00 goal
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The R60k basically gets the structure built - floor, walls, bathroom room, 5 windows, 4 doors, roof and the ceiling. As there are no utility services, in addition, we’d still like to get, even second hand:
2200L water tank.
Solar panel, battery and inverter to run a few 12v lights, 12v water pump, TV and to charge cell phones.
A gas fridge, a gas stove and oven
48 square meters of flooring
My mom, Ali Bradfield, is making and donating curtains.
I’m going to try get our internet linked to their house - Asango needs it for school or he falls behind.
Basic breakdown of the costs.
R50k - all materials
R24K - building contractor, labour and plant hire.
This excludes my personal expenses - fuel for 2 vehicles and a cement mixer for 9 days and 2 x generators for lighting, 4000L water from our house (metered municipal account) lunch for the workers, dinner for them on the late nights, their overtime money. We’ve blown through the budget but this is because of the donations which keep coming in and please keep them coming!This house has been built properly and will stand the test of time, I have no doubt!!
I took this photo, below, after Elsie asked if I could help her buy a few lengths of timber, a window, a door and take it to her new home. This was all she needed to be able to move in. She wanted to work on it over a weekend as Monday 10th August, Woman’s Day, was a holiday. She is so proud of it as she managed to get a piece of land and started building her own home.
When she was showing me what she had accomplished, I could see the pride within her, she lit up, it was her's, she owned it! I was proud of what she had done but, inside, my heart was breaking! On the spot, without even thinking about (how I was going to afford to do it since I'm self employed and not had an income since March) I said: You can't live like this. I'm building you a house. Nor had I run this past my wife, Lianke, yet!
I couldn't accept that she should have to live like this. She comes to our warm, dry home every day to look after our 2 children and then has to go home to a shack on the ground. So I’m asking my friends and family to help fund building Elsie’s Dream, A Home To Call Her Own.
Day 11Update posted by Clinton Bradfield at 06:23 pm
Day 11 - unbelievable how hard these guys have worked! And a few beers after the long days!The hard yards are done! On Monday the guys will finish off a bit of brick and cement work. Tuesday we plaster and get the house ready to hand over to Elsie. Please
Day 2 and Day 3Update posted by Clinton Bradfield at 07:40 pm
Day 3 - The bricks are going down! Building has started. Have a look at the pics!Day 2 - Three spades, two buckets, two wheelbarrows, 900kg cement, 1000kg water, 1600kg sand and 1600kg stone - total weight 5100kg (5.1 tons) of concrete mixed and poured for the foundations today. All
Day 4 - Sunday 23 AugustUpdate posted by Clinton Bradfield at 07:39 pm
We’re taking a break today only because we’ve run out of ‘fill’ for the floor. Once again Jade from Boldline Manufacturing has helped out with this by delivering on Monday morning. This man needs a Bells!!
Please send love via currency!Update posted by Clinton Bradfield at 11:37 pm
I have increased the amount needed as the response has been incredible! THANK YOU. We are now also building Elsie’s house a bit bigger.From 38 to 48 square metersA rough break down of the expenses:R28,000.00 ($1622.00) building materials R10,000.00 ($580.00) labour This excludes fuel costs, water, equipment and plant hire