St. Joseph's Flats in Lusaka
“Construction of St. Joseph’s Flats – Income Generating for Lusaka and Mpika to meet Seminary Costs”
|Mainz Diocese||€ 45,000.-|
|Diocese of Rottenburg-Stuttgart||€ 45,000.-|
|Archdiocese of Paderborn||€ 45,000.-|
|Archdiocese of Cologne||€ 45,000.-|
The project started in September 2006 with an application to the above mentioned donors. It was aiming at being self reliant as regards covering the expenses of the diocese of Mpika
and the Archdiocese of Lusaka towards the cost of their seminarians and the seminaries. The Archdioce-se of Lusaka had a plot in Chelston (Lusaka) that could be used for real estate development. They would give Mpika Diocese the title deeds for their share and Mpika, in turn, would take on the fund raising with the donors. This arrangement was further facilitated through the fact that the bishop of Mpika, T-G. Mpundu was made archbishop coadjutor of Lusaka and was thus able to bring the two interests together.
In June 2007, an up-dated version of the application was taken to Germany and presented to the friends and donors, the dioceses of Mainz and Rottenburg-Stuttgart, the archdioceses of Paderborn and Cologne as well as to Missio-Aachen. With the help of a Property Service Company we were able to present a survey and feasibility study for the project. We also presented a proposed site plan, lay-out and floor plan for the St. Joseph’s Flats done by db-architects (Lusaka). Each diocese would construct a flat of three apartments; i.e. 2 No. of 3-bedroom apartments (each 124 m²) and 1 No. of 2-bedroom apartment (108 m²).
We asked our donors to contribute € 15,000 each for a period of three years. Three years was the estimated time for sourcing funds, planning, building and renting out the finished flats. After a tendering process we chose the Chinese Construction company “Wah-Kong Enterprises Limited for the building. The Archdiocese of Lusaka had good experience with the company in the past.
In the rainy season of 2008 the construction commenced and went ahead well. The problems really started with the finishing touches, which prolonged the construction. In April 2010 the houses were handed over and the building was finally finished. We are currently screening applications of clients to occupy the houses. The dates for moving in are set for the 1st of July 2010. Thus a long and challenging building process comes to an end.
We would like to thank our donors from the bottom of our hearts. They facilitated this important step of our two dioceses to more self-sufficiency. We should be able to pay all expenses for our seminarians as of 2011. We are very happy and thankful for this achievement.