Building a school in Kilimanjaro
Sanne Froukje de Haan on her CSR project in Tanzania
One day you’re attending lectures in civil engineering at TU Delft, the next day you’re in Tanzania, working on a Corporate Social Responsibility project for BAM International. It’s what happened to Sanne Froukje de Haan (24). Soon she’ll graduate in building engineering with a major in structural design, but first she’s on a five-month internship on the operating company’s Kilimanjaro Airport project. Her main duties are in work preparation for the Terminal Building, but she’s also been asked to find a suitable project for BAM International to show its social engagement.
‘The best choice for BAM International proved to be a primary school in Ngurdoto. The school, which provides an education to between 800 and 900 children, is in a deplorable state. This is true for the sanitary facilities – only ten toilets and no connection to a sewer system – as well as for the eleven classrooms, which all have damaged ceilings, windows and/or doors.’
The new classrooms under construction
‘I have drawn up a plan, including a cost estimate, for a thorough overhaul including an added veranda, an upgrade of the kitchen building and the construction of two to four new classrooms. The works will be executed under our supervision by a local contractor. Purchasing of building materials is done by our people, so that we know every cent is spent wisely.’ In the meantime Sanne has returned to the Netherlands. ‘It was great to be able to do this. The support of the project team was a confidence boost.’
Sanne Froukje de Haan