WESTMINSTER, CO. – September 21, 2017 – Employees from MTech Mechanical have recently taken part in retrofitting a 8’x8’x40’ shipping container into a vocational training center for a high school located in rural eastern Uganda. Homes of Living Hope, a local non-profit that provides the framework for converting used shipping containers into functioning facilities, has partnered with local Musana Community Development Organization on this amazing project.
“These containers will bring hope and dignity by teaching high school level students valuable training and skills in pottery, fine arts, electrical, and plumbing. Furthermore, these containers will be filled with needed medical equipment for our new hospital,” said Andrea Pauline, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Musana.
“Not everyone is able to go to Uganda and see the work Musana does first hand. This project is an awesome opportunity to engage our community with the vision of Musana here in Colorado. Our partnership with Homes of Living Hope and their business sponsors will give our students the resources and creative training to be the generational change in the community, and will provide a community with quality and compassionate health care. We are grateful for the bright future ahead for this rural community because of their support.”
Casey Industrial and MTech Mechanical, along with their respective vendors and employees, are involved with acquiring donations, volunteering their time in order to complete the construction of the vocational training center for Musana. “One of our goals is to build community and business connections through service to others,” said Bart Wear, Homes of Living Hope Director. “Casey Industrial, MTech Mechanical, and their vendors have joined forces and rallied around this project by donating their time, talents and materials for Musana’s vocational training center. It’s really been incredible to witness.”
The project has several additional business sponsors: Watson Mill Work, Fastenal Company, Eastern Industrial Supplies, Inc., Towers Construction, Brekke Storage, Phase 2 Company, DH Pace, CFM, Northside Painting and Decorating, Integrity Electric, and Weifield Group Contracting.
Once complete, the container will be loaded with donated medical and student supplies. “We expect more people from the community to get involved as we begin collecting donated supplies to fill the container,” Wear added. “Ultimately, this project will connect hundreds of people in the greater Boulder and Denver areas through volunteer opportunities in construction, solicitation of supplies, logistics, administration, international relations and fundraising.” The greater community can also be involved in this project. “We are inviting the entire community to join us this month as we fill the containers with much needed supplies,” said Andrea Pauline. Musana is asking for the community to join them in filling the container with “Buckets of Love.” Buckets of Love are 5 gallon buckets that anyone in the community can purchase at their local hardware store, then fill with patient and student supplies. Buckets of Love supply lists and details can be found on Musana’s project page: http://www.homesoflivinghope.org/who-we-are/our-projects/musana.
The construction portion of this project will be completed by October 2017. Medical and other supplies are being collected. The completed containers are expected to be transported to Iganga, Uganda in early 2018 where Musana Community Development Organization will then manage them.