Nearly everyone spent some time at this project. It was ongoing. Right now, there are several temporary classrooms that have been created for the fourth through sixth graders until their final building is built. It will need close to 30,000 bricks. The contracter began pouring cement while we were there. This project was hard, tiring work, but so needed, and very satisfying. How many people can claim that they know how to make bricks from scratch? By the end of our time we had all of the measurements memorized.
They recently opened a youth hostel for the children who were walking 2 or more hours each day to school where they can spend the week and go home to their families on the weekend. We extended the floor of the house out and constructed squat toilets.
The team also did some construction projects such as building workbenches for ITDP staff and shelves and counters in the kitchen.
Part of the team also worked on agricultural projects, such as planting and building a pig pen; unfortunately I don't have pictures of that. They even got to peel bark of branches using machetes. Jungle-style construction.
The only other major project was VBS. Our theme was trusting God in everything, from trials to salvation. It was so fun. We had a lot of kids, and we did all sorts of crafts including tie-die.
|Our Wall of Jericho|
There were several miscellaneous projects - painting, organization, trenching, etc. But for most of the trip, the team worked on these things.