In the month since we last posted a lot has happened at the Hope Center and Shalom Retreat Center (newly named guest house construction site) in Makeni, Sierra Leone. All trades are working hard to bring the construction to completion, since the dedication has now been set for July 13, less than 5 weeks from now. Some days I look around and wonder – how will we get everything finished in by then. Other days I am a little more optimistic. The pictures included with this post will pretty much tell the story of what has been happening.
For those who have not had the experience of working with plastered buildings, the common mode of priming the cement is with white wash, a lime/water mixture that seals the pores and makes painting a lot easier. At this time, all buildings have been white washed inside and out and paint is beginning to be applied. Tiling is also taking place at both sites.
In the meantime, some of the women with disabilities who finished their literacy class did a little celebrating of their own. Having accomplished the goal of learning to read English, they proudly displayed the certificates they received on their last class day. Since that part of Diane’s ministry has come to an end, she has been very busy pushing fabric through her sewing machine. The goal – which she has also accomplished – is new curtains for the more than 50 windows in the new Women of Hope facilities. (We just hope we can successfully hang all of them before the dedication! That in itself will be a monumental task!)