Saturday, January 20, 2007
Drafting by Candlelight
So I have begun sketching and thinking of ideas in discussions with many people in the community here in Kabala. JT Koroma, the future headmaster and I spent several hours traversing the school site and thinking of ideas. I am attempting to process this and come up with drawings which we can use to continue forward. Because the generator usually only runs between 9 and 4 I have to cram in my use of the internet to that time, and have a few hours of battery life on my computer to draft in the evening before I switch to candlelit, hand drafting and sketching. It will take getting used to having to adjust from my normal school working hours which are normally 8pm-2am.
We are hoping to have some construction started on the school property by the Monday (23rd), getting a borehole dug and well setup so we can use the water to begin making bricks. The location of the well will also play a key role in the layout of the school so this is an important decision. For security purposes we will also be constructing a warehouse of sorts from wood and zinc that will hold materials and tools on the site, guarded by a nightwatchman. This way we can avoid tranportation to and from the site every morning and the costs associated with that.
The next few weeks will see some challenging and exciting decisions being made and progress to be seen!