Builders Without Borders to the rescue…

January isn’t over yet, but still lots more happening in BML. After seeing off MSPP, we then welcomed Andy Ripp with MSAADA Architects to the village, to assess our clinic rebuild plans on behalf of Builders Without Boarders. With a tight budget and big plans, we began getting a little nervous that we were out of our league in terms of negotiating a contract with a local contractor.

January isn’t over yet, but still lots more happening in BML. After seeing off MSPP, we then welcomed Andy Ripp with MSAADA Architects to the village, to assess our clinic rebuild plans on behalf of Builders Without Boarders.

With a tight budget and big plans, we began getting a little nervous that we were out of our league in terms of negotiating a contract with a local contractor.
Emmanuelle’s father designed initial plans for the new clinic but how to ensure it would be built cost effectively and structurally sound was the bigger problem.

In the midst of trying to figure out how to overcome this difficulty, we were connected with Builders Without Boarders
– a non-profit engineering organization that operates in developing countries to provide consulting and support to construction projects like ours. We submitted our drawings, the budget and the varying quotes we had received from 2 local contractors and then let them work their magic.

BWB takes the information, analyzes it to determine if the plan is feasible given the budget and makes recommendations
about how the structure and design can be changed to make the project more workable. BWB then contracts the services of affiliated in-country non-profit engineers/architects, such as MSAADA, to conduct a site visit and finalize the plans, timeline and suggested budget that is then used as a base to negotiate with the local contractor.

We picked Andy up bright and early, although a little late after some truck issues (what a surprise). In one day, he worked with Emmanuelle and Edward, to come up with our plan. It was a success and we are feeling much more assured about the plans to rebuild.


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