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Bringing a school building in northern India up to date

A project from ks-plus e.V.
in Kirpal Sagar near Rahon, India

Drainage and roof sealing for the school in Kirpal Sagar (Kirpal Sagar Academy).

W. Stadlmeyer
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About this project

The Academy in Kirpal Sagar was built in the 1980s. It stands on a layer of sand, including a waterproof layer of clay. Twice a year the monsoon brings a lot of rain. Then the water stands in the terrain for weeks on end. The ground is wet, the water does not run off. Brick foundations in connection with the brick walls transport the water from the ground into the building. Heat and strong UV radiation put a strain on the flat roofs. They become cracked and leaky. In Europe, buildings dry out in winter, while in northern India it is often foggy and damp in winter. There are no heating systems, wet buildings stay wet.
At the end of 2017, a German architect took a close look at the buildings. Now the report is available, as well as a proposal for renovation, how the teaching conditions for the children can be improved with manageable funds. In a first step, the most severely affected area will be approached, with drainage from below and roof waterproofing from above. Step by step, the buildings and the boarding school are to be made fit again for the requirements.

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