Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Research Structures for the Sudd

Here are geodesic domes that would work on the Sudd.  The best suited for our needs at Duk is a dome system by: Pacific Domes

There are domes of many sizes.  The galvanized steel tube frames will last with minimum maintenance indefinitely.

The vinyl skin would need replacement in 12 to 18 years.  I can imagine that a reed thatch on a flexible sub-structure like rope could be created and draped over the vinyl to extend its life.  It then would blend into the village.

Dwelling domes could be placed on elevated wood floor decks on treated 'pier' poles in areas where it is probable that water will return.

The domes can be assembled on minimum foundations.  If those foundations fail in flooding, the structures can be easily reassembled on new foundations.

As you can see in the pictures, these structures can be flown close to our project, and then carried by smaller vehicles.  More research is needed here, but you can see from the picture that transporting this 'material' is much easier than traditional construction materials.

I spoke with Justin at Pacific Domes.  The 16' (200 sf) dome sells for  $4500, the 44' (1500 sf) for $31,000.  They will reduce the price for our non-profit humanitarian effort.


The other company I show here  'Shelter Systems'  has more 'temporary' structures built from plastic tubing.  These may be used for green houses or storage structures.  I included them to show there are other systems out there.  I will continue research........

Pacific Domes 5 Pacific Domes 3

Pacific Domes 2 Pacific Domes 4

Pacific Domes


Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Leader in Education for Sudan

On May 15, 2010 , we were invited to celebrate with our friend and 'Ambassador for Peace' Dr. Kenneth Masungu at his Doctorate celebration party. Dr. Kenneth is from Southern Sudan and graduated from NDSU with Ph.D of Education.  After he earned MBA of Education, he worked for 7 years to achieve the highest degree in education.

Now he is working in Juba for the South Sudan Department of Education to restructure their education system. 

Dr. Kenneth is a wonderful family man with a large and united extended family.  His main motivation in the pursuit of his high degree was to inspire the many Sudanese he comes in contact with to work and achieve a life of the highest standard.  He wants the youth from Sudan to know that they too can achieve anything when they are willing to work hard and give of themselves.

Dr. Kenneth has been constantly working on his inspired project called "The Young Shepherd" to bring aid and build a hospital near Juba in South Sudan.

Click this link to access the Young Shepherd Site

Dr. Kenneth is the uncle of South Dakota Pastor Hakim.

Reported by Keiko Foss


Dr. Kenneth with his NDSU advisor and wife.  Dr. Kenneth's daughter Roza stands proudly at his left.


Kenneth's nephew, Pastor Hakim with his wife Izumi, children and others.  Kenneth's wife Agnes is on the left of the picture.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Initial ASAH Building Plans

Dear All:

I updated the "Initial ASAH Building Plans" per Ron's request to show more site area. I included our future dorms and a Kitchen/Utility/Storage building to show a full use of the site.  I have highlighted and numbered the items we are thinking about doing in Phase One.

Please review and comment.  This is just ideas to get the ball rolling.

Take Care,


Duk School- Feb 2010 Intial Site Plan

Click to view plans in a PDF viewer

Initial Building Plan for African Soul American Heart Boarding Facility for Orphans in Duk Payuel, South Sudan:

Two of our Board Members plan to meet on site with the Contractor, our on-site Administrator, and Duk Payuel Village officials to begin our construction in Duk. An overview is detailed below and diagramed on the accompanying plan:

1.  Container Storage Building-

the container structure will be placed on foundations and used as a secure storage building. It will be positioned with the foresight of using it with another "future" container to construct a utility/kitchen/storage building in a latter phase of our project.

2.  Store, Administration Office-

Our first structure will be initially use as a sleeping room and a "kitchen/office" to house (2) grinding machines.  The grinding machines are small and may be carried outside for dust control.  We have presently ordered one machine and will experiment with the process before we send it to Duk. It will later be use in connection with an additional structure to interface-face with village as a office/store.

3.  Well-

Centered for use in all aspects of daily life, it will be a source for personal cleaning, for use in preparing meals, and for the gardens.  Depending on the availably of the water, a pond could be created in the play area for recreation.

4. Visitor Tents-

We plan to have two initial semi-permanent tents for temporary housing.

5. Latrine-

It will be raised and constructed per village standards.

6. Fencing and Gate-

At least 250 meters (750 feet) of fencing and gate will be required to house the structures and activities shown on the accompanying diagram..

7. Garden Seed, Tool and  Hand Pumps-

Food is a major concern in Duk. We want help to bring stability by providing seed and tools for gardening within our compound.

Later phases of our project include dorms to house 48 orphan's, a dining and kitchen facility, additional offices, stores, an additional latrine and expanded gardening.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

African Construction Technique Review

I am reposting some material from our trip to Sudan in September of 08.  here are some video and pictures of our research (please excuse the short add):

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