Build project pictures from our site manager

Thursday, 07.Mar.2019

Englishman, Tim Mahoney, who’s lived in Malawi for 25 years joined Bhubesi Pride Foundation as our lead consultant build project manager in May last year. A landscape architect by profession, Tim’s years of experience in Malawi have become invaluable to the charity as it continues on its ambitious mission to establish its very first sports and education community centre in Africa.

Here, we share photos Tim has taken in recent months to show progress on site…

Bhubesi Pride Foundation acquires a 7-acre site in rural Lilongwe in May 2018 and earthworks begin shortly after (Tim Mahoney pictured third from left with local villagers)

One of many days marking out – by hand, rope and tape measure – the various components of the site plan

Two shipping containers arrive on site in June (after an 8-week delay), donated by Pride Partner, Czarnikow, and a borehole is drilled – thankfully we find water! Building work can begin…

Getting quarry dust and cement (to hand press 30,000 building blocks) to site isn’t straight-forward

As the blocks are pressed, the perimeter wall starts to be constructed, with local villagers learning to press blocks by hand and the skill of brick-laying…

Quarry dust is then used to supply a commercial block maker; for blocks to be used for the site buildings (accommodation block, clubhouse and manager’s house)

Bright yellow quarry dust gives our building blocks a pale yellow colour (when mixed with sand and cement), offering a unique building material in comparison to the ubiquitous grey block found locally, which we use for our building foundations

Work begins on the 30-bed accommodation block…

And the rainy season – December to April – is in full force by January

But the rains make it green and Tim leads a team to start on the landscaping works 

Accommodation floor slab

A busy bricklayer

More rains… making life on site – and everywhere else in Lilongwe – very difficult

When the sun shines, Tim sets up his mobile site office!

The septic tank and water tower construction begins…

More rain and very difficult access to and from site; about a 7km dirt road drive

No work today but very happy the foundations are down

… the septic tank nearly complete

Setting out the partition walls for the accommodation 

Watch three videos here, featuring early progress on the purchase of the plot and subsequent work with insight from Tim and BPF Founder, Richard Bennett… (plus site drawings)…

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