My village had been given a large sum of money from a development agency via the World Bank. Some of the money was already before I arrived in my village on an ox art and two oxen. I began to help them on a water project that would convert a bore hole with one hand pump to a bore hole with a large tank and generator and taps or faucet for the villagers to use. The project was well under way until they committee that reviews the project said the village would have to contribute about 70K Dalasis. The village could not come up with that much money so the project was canceled.
The village then decided they wanted to spend their money on a tractor. When they called the committee about the possibility of buying a tractor they said no, not enough money was available. Finally the village decided they wanted a rice milling machine. The committed approved the machine and the building of a cement block building to house the machine.
A few weeks ago we started building the blocks out of cement. It is interesting the first thing is you have to mix 2 wheel barrows of sand to one back of cement.
Notice the man with his hands on his hips?? And the sweet winter hat? That’s my host father supervising
|Getting sand with my host father supervising|
|Mixing the sand and cement|
|remixing the cement and waiting for a block mold|
|Measuring for the foundation|
|Digging the foundation with the usal supervisor|
|Transporting blocks by donkey cart|
|Walls going up via Gambian |