School Machinery To Africa

$35 of $65,000 goal

Raised by 3 people in 7 months
This is in effort to raise enough funds to get machines, tools and equipment which have been donated by individual construction workers  in Pasadena California, shipped to Ghana to assist students with no job skills to learn building and construction in a social enterprise program known as ABN Unite organized by Africa Business Network, a registered non-profit in Ghana.  

Imagine building this huge edifice 90% by hand and manpower. It is a stricking three-story lecture hall complex with 90 feet x 42 feet classroom sizes, built of 95% wood 5% concrete and iron rods – a California certified building technology. 

The building is designed and engineered by Norman Sun Harris, age 65 African American structural and hydraulic engineer, designer and builder at the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Norman is teaching students in Africa age 18 to 45 under a social enterprise program run by Africa Business Network (ABN) - a registered non-profit in The Republic of Ghana. The program seeks to teach individuals 18 – 45 years in Ghana, how to put up California certified buildings with a construction technology which is a massive cost saver for local and urban communities in Ghana and Africa.

Norman is joined by his plastering, framing, woodworks, tile, moulding and design partner for 30 years, Curt Williams from Pasadena California USA, who, with a wealth of knowledge and 55 years of experience adds to the school's curriculum.

We are also happy to be joined by Thomas Andrews to help in the area of machines and dealing with equipment. Thomas Andrews comes in with over 24 years of experience work and school as a home inspector, electronic testing technician and an auto mechanic.

Go to ABN Unite: http://www.abnonline.org/index.php/donate/abn-unite

Our Need

These buildings are built almost 90% manpower with about 10% machines. The hard labour involved in our apprenticeship building program defeats the purpose to change and transform lives of the rural people.

On a daily basis women and girls within this community carry sand, stones and wood on their head to the contraction site to get us going with the construction work as we embark on our apprentice program for our students.

On this project over 100 women and girls break their backs everyday carrying sand, stones and wood for Saviour Church of Ghana at Osiem, a rural community in the Eastern Region of Ghana to construct a nursing training school – using the California certified building technology to augment healthcare delivery in the community. 

With machines to train our students on the job, we can help avoid the situation of child labour and modern day self-imposed slavery in the communities we operate in.

We can help our students to know the modern ways of building in order to guarantee them a better standard of living. These job skills will help alleviate poverty which exists in these parts of Africa.

We have appealed to friends in Pasadena California to get us some quality second hand machines and equipment ranging from: pickup trucks, cement pomper with trailers, cement mixers with trailers, water pumping machines, generators, skill saws, air compressors, air roofing guns, electric scaffold, 8 feet ladders, power screw driver, impact drilling machines, etc.

Why donate?

Your donation will be needed to help us ship these equipment and machines from Pasadena California, USA to Africa to help teach our students to be builders of cost efficient buildings after their 2 ½ year training and guarantee them and their families a better livelihood.


Join us! Help us empower about one million students in Africa to get job skills through our ABN Unite program to feed and support their families and alleviate poverty.
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$35 of $65,000 goal

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