Proposal for a new Children's Village

Our existing children’s home is a rented building, totally unfit for purpose. There are currently between 56 and 60 children based at the orphanage aged between the ages of 1 year and 18 years. There are 3 to 4 children sharing a bed with two bunk beds in each dorm.  Two dorms have no direct doors to the courtyard and must be accessed via another dorm. Many of the rooms do not have natural lighting or ventilation. Kitchen facilities are clustered in the open courtyard. The dining area is inside, again lacking good natural light or ventilation.  The two toilets are dark and small and the children share two showers.

Our proposed site for our new children’s village is in New Boma to the southwest of the main town.  

In April 2019, at our request Article 25, travelled to Boma to conduct a Feasibility Study on our proposed children’s village.  They have devised a draft design brief for us based on their research and consultations with our Irish team, our team in Tanzania and our children. Crucial to the brief is the precedent of housing children in small nuclear families or ‘cottages’, a model favoured by all at Tír na nÓg.  The following are the proposals:-

  • Capacity for up to 50 ‘permanent’ children, housed across 5 individual ‘cottages’, each with 10 children and 1 ‘mama’, or live-in carer.

  • Capacity for up to 20 children in ‘short stay’ accommodation. This ‘cottage’ would be staffed by 2 ‘mamas’.

  • Staff housing for 4 further staff; i.e. social worker, cook, security guard, cleaner.

  • Guesthouse with 4 double rooms.

  • Shared social space (this will comprise of a generous dining hall that could be used for dance, drama, etc.

  • dedicated rooms for TV and for music, along with a quieter study space that could double as a library. 

  • Administration block, comprising of a series of offices for management and staff

  • A laundry.

  • Appropriate toilets and storage facilities have also been included. 

 Diagram showing the arrangement of facilities in the proposed children’s village

As part of this feasibility study Article 25 have analysed likely costs for the proposed project, and compiled an outline cost estimate for the Children’s Village:-

  Low High
Construction Costs: Proposed Children's Village €658,222 €835,190
Allowance for Demolitions & Site Works €50,000 €50,000
Allowance for Site Utilities €74,500 €74,500
Construction Costs (Excluding Fees and VAT) €782,722 €959,690
Allowance for Fixtures, Fittings and Equipment €25,000 €50,000
Preliminaries 10% €78,000 €96,000
Contingency 5% €39,000 €48,000
Subtotal €924,722 €1,153,690
Value Added Tax 18% €166,450 €207,664
Article 25 Implentation Cost (includes all fees) €114,000 €138,000
Estimated Project Expenditure €1,205,172 €1,499,354