My big project, Finishing the Ward 4 AMICAALL/Nhlangano Town Council Social Center, the PCPP


Peace Corps Partnership Proposal (PCPP) with the Nhlangano Town Council (NTC)

First application draft submitted Feb, 2011
Approved & Funding Begins on PC website May 17th
Construction started on Oct 24th.
All exterior construction done by Dec 20th.
Grand Opening Jan 5th, 2012
Round 2 of the Funding arrives in early January.
Interior Only Construction Restarts Jan 16th.
Construction all done Feb 16th (minus a million tiny To Do's)
Project Officially Closed May 4th, 2012

Let the children play, learn & be safe.

As of Aug 25th, 2012, I am no longer a PCV, I am now RPCV (Return Peace Corps Volunteer). This blog is my experience in Swaziland between June of 2010 & Aug of 2012. Enjoy.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Mandela Games 3rd Weekend, getting better

Grass cutting. So every week in 2011 the Nelson Mandela games have been played at different field cause hte grass at the main field we normally played at is way to long and needed to be mowed.

Anyway after 3 wks of working on getting it mowed, the guys showed up to mow it on Fri, ran out of gas and came back on Sat morning early. Well, the field was mostly mowed but it needed to be raked.

So we play the games at SOS Children's Village (an orphanage) and I got out there with a rake and then slowly as the 4 guys with the weed eaters cut it down I started raking. Kids soon joined then pretty much the entire village started helping.

Probably around 50 were helping/playing. They made huge piles of the cut grass and used to flip into like gymanist does. Several of the girls made homes taller then they were. The games for the day were rescheduled. And by the time the entire field was raked and I had a soccer ball and 2 sets of uniforms. I told the kids of the village to form teams had them put on the uniforms and played a game. It was 15 a side with girls in uniform and playing on the field with the boys (a rarity over here).

You know on a daily basis I believe I am making a little bit of a difference over here but on this day was probably the first time I really saw up close and personal. Those kids had a blast playing on freshly cut grass field.

By the way almost every field over here is completely dirt and terrible for balls, shoes and feet, my practice field is all dirt and most of the fields my team play on are all dirt or at MOST dirt along the sides of the field


  1. Would have loved to have been there ... one of those Tom Sawyer moments, with him painting a fence, and having friends join to do the work. Sounds like it was a great day, with lots of laughter, I'm sure. You're doing fine work.

  2. That is real community involvement. Great.