[February 2017]
Tony Cuzens reports, "While we were in Thailand in January at Leadership Home, the original building, which housed the inside 'dining room' and outdoor 'kitchen', was being renovated to be used as a store room, as opposed to being demolished which was the original thought. The main issue with this building was termites in the roof and wall timbers so the roof needed to be replaced.

The way the renovation was being completed was first class and seemed to be 'too good' to be used as just a store room. Tony suggested to Pramote that the whole building be renovated to provide a bedroom, ensuite and office/administrative area for the Leadership Home Manager, Nipa.

After some negotiations with the contractor, it was agreed that for a relatively small amount of money the amended renovation could be completed. This meant some new internal walls to define the bedroom and ensuite area and provide a level of privacy. The new walls could then be used to define both an admin area and storage area without impacting on the manager's private area. This also resolved another issue with respect to what would happen with the manager given the rapid increase of students this year. Seven young people are living there now, in April/May, 25 young people will be living at Leadership Home.

Nipa was using the middle dormitory a short term solution because six children would soon be moving into that dorm. The new building resolves this issue because it is central to the existing dormitory and multi- purpose room and also faces the main entrance. The administrative area provides a suitable and secure work area for Nipa away from prying eyes of both students and visitors.

The overall cost to fully complete the renovation, including floor and wall tiling, amounted to approximately $40K. Brian Rooke was approached and asked if he would agree to the renovation and subsequent funding. Brian, as always, agreed and immediately committed funds to allow the renovation to be completed. The building should be completed by the middle of March.

2017-02 NEW HOME OFFICE FOR NIPA 1   2017-02 NEW HOME OFFICE FOR NIPA 2

Photo 1&2: Internal walls completed & rendered

2017-02 NEW HOME OFFICE FOR NIPA 3   2017-02 NEW HOME OFFICE FOR NIPA 4

Photo 3: New steel frame for roof and matched to other Leadership Home buildings.

Photo 4: Old kitchen & building

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