Friday, November 16, 2007

Project Update

From Elliot: The past several weeks have gone by very quickly, with many things being undertaken here in the village. Abbas and I have been very busy starting several projects before I leave in mid-December. The projects include finishing the Standard 5 classroom at the Ulonge Primary School, facilitating the construction of 90 desks being built in the village (40 for the Ulonge Primary School and 50 for the Lundamatwe Primary School), fixing the other tire swing at the Ulonge Primary School, and continuing to make check-ups on orphans and other children in the village. All the supplies to complete the Standard 5 classroom and the desks were brought from town into the village to be built by local carpenters. It took a total of four trips and many hours of waiting and loading to get everything to the village. All the boards for the desks had to be planed and cut at a machine in town to be smooth. Also, the bags of cement you see me loading are 50kg (110 pounds), so it makes for a long day, even with help, when they have to be both loaded and unloaded. I hope the pictures will significantly supplement this update. Here is the Standard 5 classroom that is now being completed: Elliot loading bags of cement in town: Unloading the supplies at the Ulonge Primary School: The next two pictures are of desk construction in the village. Notice the OSHA approved footwear: The next two pictures are of the construction of rafters for the Standard 5 classroom at the Ulonge Primary School: Here is Abbas replacing the other tire at the Ulonge Primary School. To see photos of the other swing being replaced go here: Eliot attempting to fix a flat tire on his bike: Abbas and child:

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