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.

Friday, September 2, 2011

SSCS part 8 (Lavumisa & Hluti Town Launches)

4 Town Launches in 4 cities in 2 days all to promote the start of SSCS.

Lavumisa is basically a border post not a town at the very bottom of the country. AMICAALL has an office there and since this is a Shiselweni region event we went there to promote it but Lavumisa even lacks organized teams at the level of this event.

It is quite a beautiful drive and if your ever drove around in the Mojave desert it is pretty similar landscape and hot. The event was pretty poorly attended and the sound system was late, but MTN (the telephone company that is sponsoring this event) was happy that they registered 30 new people to their Mobile Money campaign. After the arrival of the sound system everything went smooth. Dancers danced, singers sang (although a normal why is for singers to sing over the original songs lyrics, often it sounds terrible as mix of the human voice and the recorded original performer), the MC promoted everything and the DJ played good music.

Then we ended and packed up and moved to another town. Hluti was ready for us and several teams of players where there and we set up quickly and then the power to the entire town went out. During the move, the towns are about 30 miles apart the wind picked up and dust was blowing all over. It is quite possible that the wind knocked a wire loose and the whole town lost power.

Sabelo saved the day by getting PSI to find and bring a generator in basically less then 30 minutes after we waited for about an 1 hr for it to come back. The generator worked great and we powered the sound system. And proceeded to do the same show we did in Lavumisa. The town's power came on about an hour into the show.

We were all covered in dust, some blinded, others miserable from the heat. But the event was a success and everyone of the partners were happy.

Now tomorrow is 2 more and in the bigger cities.

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