In Uganda, a ministry responds to requests from locals to build a Christian primary school, and hopes to increase their accommodation capacity for conferences in order to provide additional revenue to fund their site programmes.
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) works in over 180 countries "to know God and to make Him known". They started the Hopeland base in Jinja, Uganda in 1991 to become a community modelling solutions to the many problems created by HIV-AIDS. Hopeland currently operates a nursery school and a discipleship training school, among many other community programmes.
YWAM requested eMi's help in response to repeated requests by local families seeking Christian education options for their children through the primary school years. In addition to the primary school, YWAM also hopes to establish a hospitality centre to provide accommodation for 300 guests at their existing conference centre. Hiring out the conference centre would provide a much-needed, on-going stream of funding for other ministries on the campus.
In September, eMi-UK staff member Brad Crawford led a team of 14 volunteer engineers and architects to visit Hopeland and prepare a masterplan for the proposed project. The architects divided into two teams to work on of the primary school and hospitality centre respectively. Meanwhile, the engineers surveyed existing water, sewage, and electrical utilities in order to plan the integration of existing utilities into proposed systems.
Salient design features included:
"When God gives the vision, he will give the provision," says the director of YWAM Uganda who was with us during our visit. As they had prayed for our arrival and help for some years, we were amazed by their faith and grateful to be a part of their expected miracle.
Brad Crawford - Structural Engineer (Team Leader, EMI Staff)
Sarah Comfort - Assistant Architect (Trip Volunteer)
Jordan Cox - Assistant Architect (Trip Volunteer)
Deryck Chan - Civil Engineer (EMI Intern)
Michael Day - Electrical Engineer (EMI Intern)
Dave Lambert - Architect (Trip Volunteer)
Jaz Lambert - Project Volunteer (Trip Volunteer)
William MacLeod - Civil Engineer (Trip Volunteer)
Jean Parker - Civil Engineer (EMI Staff)
Shana Reiss - Architect (Trip Volunteer)
Pearly Tsang - Architect (Trip Volunteer)
Yao Wang - Electrical Engineer (Trip Volunteer)
Meg Womack - Project Volunteer (Trip Volunteer)
Ray Womack - Geotechnical Engineer/Geologist (Trip Volunteer)
A topographical survey of the project site was prepared by a previous EMI Canada project led by Patrick Cochrane.