At last we are able to bring an update on construction progress at the Hope Center site, as well as continued progress on the two story Guest House. Walls of all three buildings have been steadily growing throughout the month of February. Beginning with the pile of timbers delivered from forests in northeast Sierra Leone in the middle of the night (Mohamed had to get out of bed, travel to the site, and open the gate at midnight), pictures at the Hope Center show trusses formed and installed on both the Administration Building and the Cooperative Workshop this week. In addition, with the stairway now completed, second story walls have been completed up to the roof level on the Guest House. We also made some changes in first floor layout while Kim Kargbo, our daughter and President of Women of Hope, was here for a one week visit in early February. Only because walls are made of mud blocks can such changes be made. Those changes show up in the expanded living room photos. In order to have both bedrooms on the first floor of the Guest House be handicap accessible, a “Jack & Jill” bathroom is being built that will be shared by both bedrooms.
Though at times it seems progress has slowed down, Mohamed assures me that we are on schedule and that all roofs will be completed by the end this month. External plastering and internal plumbing and electrical installations can then be completed in March before the rains begin (usually in April). Our April update will show how we are doing as we push toward completion in late July. Thank you for your continued prayers and encouragement. They mean a lot to us.