The Guest House first floor is nearly totally blocked and rooms are taking on character of their own. Descriptions of the Guest House pictures appear when you click on them. Of course, there is still a lot of work to be done. The crew will begin constructing the stairs to the upper level so block layers can begin laying block walls up there as well. Block are still needed above the window and door lintels which will be laid up next week. The plumbers and electricians will be called in to do their work once the upper level walls are completed.
The other exciting news is that the buildings of the Hope Center are beginning to rise up. Between seven and eight thousand mud blocks have been curing in the sun and are now beginning to give definition to the Hope Center. Three buildings make up the Hope Center – a Cooperative Workshop where the women will gather daily to assemble Fair Trade items, a Classroom Building where training and teaching sessions will be conducted, and the Administrative Offices of Women of Hope Sierra Leone. Descriptions of those pictures also appear when pictures are brought forward. Within the next two weeks those three buildings will be completed to roof stage. Mohamed’s goal is to have roofs over all the buildings on both sites by the end of February. That way if rains come early the buildings will be completely protected. As soon as the roofs are on, plasters will go to work applying the outer protective coat of plaster which will further protect the buildings from torrential downpours that happen when rainy season begins.
Many of the Women of Hope clients come to the Hope Center site on given days to put in “sweat equity” to help them gain a sense of ownership in the Hope Center. They struggle to get there by 7am in order to work a couple hours before going to the current WOH office to begin their work there. They had just finished pumping gallons and gallons of water for the block layers to use in mixing their mortar.
Thank you to all who offer comments, along with continued prayers and encouragement for the success of this project. It could not happen without the countless numbers of faithful partners in the USA. You are appreciated! And your comments on these posts really mean a lot to us on this side of the ocean.