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Masterplan and conceptual Phase 1 design for upgrades and expansion to an existing Christian school.

Project Scope

** Remote Volunteer Opportunity – No Travel Required**

Remnants of the educational disparities instituted in South Africa during apartheid still persist today. Especially in black communities, schools are often overcrowded and underfunded. Some schools do not have running water or proper sanitation. Indawo YeThemba (IYT) aims to provide high-quality education and discipleship for the underprivileged, at-risk and vulnerable poor in the Debe Nek region of South Africa. They opened Intlantsi Christian School in 2019, welcoming 50 students on-site, with hopes to eventually expand to serve up to 150 students. The campus utilizes existing structures from the previous use, which have been largely dormant for over 10 years. The campus requires upgrades and expansion to continue to grow in its impact. Additionally, the client hopes to incorporate cutting-edge agricultural practices and training program as an outreach to the local community. EMI is honoured to partner with IYT to grow this amazing work in South Africa!

IYT hopes to expand their campus to increase the number of students they can invest in each year. The 12-acre property contains several existing buildings, some of which are in disrepair. Our team will work with the ministry to understand their vision and determine how best to utilize the existing infrastructure and where to expand or replace buildings to better serve their needs.

The architectural team will complete an overall site master plan to facilitate development of the property over the next 10-20 years. In addition, architects will provide conceptual-level design for the first phase of buildings to be renovated and/or constructed on the site.

The engineering team will evaluate existing facilities and make recommendations for improvements and expansion to serve the future needs of the site based on the master plan. The ministry hopes to establish sustainable practices on-site, including renewable energy and greywater harvesting to reduce their environmental impact. In addition, the team will evaluate agricultural practices such as aquaponics to recommend opportunities for outreach and on-site food generation.

Due to travel restrictions in the country, volunteers will not be allowed to visit the site in person. A small team of local EMI staff will travel to the site to conduct investigations, and we are looking to fill some gaps in expertise by using remote volunteers. Volunteers will video conference with the team for specific design sessions during the project trip, as well as provide calculations and design recommendations as we develop plans and a project report for the client.

Will you consider participating with us remotely on this project to invest in education and discipleship in Southern Africa?

— Brad Hansen, EMI South Africa trip leader


Architecture: Position filled
Civil Engineering: Position filled
Electrical Engineering: Position filled
Other Specialties: Agricultural Engineering, Quantity Surveying

Aquaponics; Agricultural Food Production; Preliminary Cost Estimation

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