Monday, April 2, 2007
Since beginning this project here in Sierra Leone, I have truly come to appreciate the brute strength and power of the workers on the site. It is incredible to think that all this work has been done with only minimal help from a small tipper truck. Otherwise all the materials have been transported by hand, shovel and wheelbarrow from point A to B on the site and from across town. I am the butt of many jokes as the only "white man" on the site. I am getting darker by the day though, and each injury, fall or bug bite makes me feel that much more at home here.
Almost all of the backfilling is completed and more local materials are arriving daily for pouring the slabs. By this afternoon we hope to have some walls begun and at least another classroom completed pouring. There is also an School Management committee occurring presently which hopes to come up with a mission, vision, and hopefully a name for the school. We are all looking forward to being able to call this school by its eventual name, instead of just "that new school in Yogomaia" or "that new CES/SIT school" or "the school next to Loma Secondary and Alharika Primary".