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Here is a list of the particular projects for which we need funding:

AREA DESCRIPTION TIME FRAME COST
Formation:
Further education
– technical qualifications
Project: to cover the training, travel and living costs of three brothers to complete their technical education – Bro Clement, Bro Michael and Bro Laurent
Bro Clement – electrical, Tanzania, 18 months
Fees
Accommodation, food and clothing Medical insurance
Books, stationery, materials, equipment
Transport
July 2015 – June 2017 ZAR 257 300.00
ZAR 124 000.00
ZAR 54 000.00
ZAR 10 800.00
ZAR 4 500.00
ZAR 64 000.00
Bro Michael – Philosophy Kenya, 18 months
Fees
Accommodation, food and clothing
Medical insurance
Books, stationery, materials, equipment
Transport
July 2015 – June 2017 ZAR 277 600.00
ZAR 148 000.00
ZAR 54 000.00
ZAR 10 800.00
ZAR 5 800.00
ZAR 58 000.00
Bro Laurent – catering and food preparation, South Africa, 12 months
Fees
Accommodation, food and clothing
Medical insurance
Books, stationery, materials, equipment
Transport
Jan 2016 – Dec 2016 ZAR 107 000.00
ZAR 24 000.00
ZAR 54 000.00
ZAR 6 000.00
ZAR 5 000.00
ZAR 18 000.00
Formation:
Seminary,
university,

education

of priests

Project: to finance the studies of senior monks who will go on to become priests these studies need to be at places of learning attached, associated or close to Benedictine houses. July 2015 – June 2017
TOTAL COST FOR TWO YEARS ZAR 1 860 000.00
Cost Item:
Fees
Accommodation, food and clothing
Medical insurance
Books, stationery, materials, equipment
Transport
Year 1: ZAR 930 000.00
ZAR 760 000.00
ZAR 78 000.00
ZAR 24 000.00
ZAR 12 000.00
ZAR 56 000.00
Cost Item:
Fees
Accommodation, food and clothing
Medical insurance
Books, stationery, materials, equipment
Transport
Year 2: ZAR 930 000.00
ZAR 760 000.00
ZAR 78 000.00
ZAR 24 000.00
ZAR 12 000.00
ZAR 56 000.00
(Between July of 2015 and June of 2017, it is expected that we will have two monks to enrol. One of our monks has been studying in Chicago for the past year and this has cost approximately ZAR620 000.00 or US$50 000.00 We are looking to raise ZAR1,8 6million approximately US150 000.00 over the next two years.)
Solar Energy:
Phase 1
The monastery is reliant at present for 100% of its energy needs on electricity. Situated in a part of the country that receives between 260 and 305 cloud free days, is relatively pollution free and where solar power has already been used in newer buildings, the monastery wants for economic and environmental reasons to convert as much of its electrical use to solar use. A two phased programme has been designed: Phase 1 replaces the 26 electrical water geysers with 14 solar powered geysers at the monastery. This will reduce overall electricity consumption by 22 percent.
The cost of phase 1 will be:
Geysers 14
Labour
Materials, equipment, regulators storage etc
October – December 2015 ZAR 109 700.00
ZAR 91 000.00
ZAR 11 200.00
ZAR 7 500.00
Solar Energy: Phase 2 Phase 2 will involve replacing the remaining 26 geysers with 16 solar powered ones; converting the borehole pumps to solar power and replacing the generator with a solar powered/diesel one.
This will reduce the overall electricity consumption by a further 29 percent.
The cost of phase 2 will be:
Geysers 16
Pump conversions, security walls, storage units
Generator replacement, conversion etc
Labour
Materials, equipment, regulators, storage etc
April – June 2016 ZAR 432 000.00
ZAR 104 000.00
ZAR 156 000.00
ZAR 96 000.00
ZAR 34 000.00
ZAR 42 000.00
Bore-hole/well To enable the current food security and agriculture programmes to continue and expand an additional borehole/well needs to be sunk and the water collected and reticulated. The cost of this project will be finalised once possible sources of pumps and equipment and assistance have been finalised. The project has become urgent as the monastery and mission are fast running out of water from the current source.
It is estimated that at least ZAR 236 000.00 will be needed. This is the target to be collected.
October 2015 & September 2016 ZAR236 000.00 (subject to finalisation of all options and potential donors)
Pasture development Pasture development: Grazing for sheep in the area has become erratic due to poor land management, erosion and the over stocking of goats. The monastery has identified two areas, with the help of local bio-security and bio-diversity experts from the Agricultural Research Institute, that can be converted to pasture. Doing so would not only enable the current flock of sheep to be fed but would also allow for its growth and provide a pasture development and land management platform for community agricultural extension. The project aims to mark and fence the pastures, clear it and plough it and then plant nutritious natural grasses. This is a long term project but the marking, fencing and clearing needs to be done in the next 6 – 8 months.
Much of the work will be done using local labour and local expertise, once the fencing is in place a herd of goats will be hired to clear the camps and when they are done back actors and tractors will be used to clear the rest.
This project is going to cost:
Fencing
Labour
Equipment
Goats
Heavy machine clearing
July 2015 – March 2016 ZAR 213 000.00
ZAR 124 000 00
ZAR 60 000 00
ZAR 8 000 00
ZAR 4 000 00ZAR 17 000 00

Thank you for taking the time to assess our needs. If you need any more information please contact Joe Lynch, on finance@st-benedicts-abbey.org.za or +27 844470223