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.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Social Center Part 4 (Fence Drama)

So the building is surrounded by a tall fence with barbed wire along the top. But in the yrs it has sat unfinished several holes have been cut in the fence. So in order to make the building as secure as possible fixing the fence was a priority.

So on day 4 a Friday the fence expect showed up after a one days delay. Now basically he has to weave a new piece of fence into the existing one, sounds easy but after watching him it is surprising puzzling how he managed it. There were 4 holes 3 fixed on Friday.

And he returned on Saturday to finish the 4th. YEAH, Fence secure.

Fixing the fence.

Well, come Monday morning we walk into the site and the fence has been taken apart and put back together in a not so perfect way.

So we investigate it turns out on Sunday's a church group uses the Center for it service. I would suspect it is just a few people which it kind of the style of service over here that happens in just about any space available. They have been renting it, so I guess they felt that since it was locked up they had the right to take apart the fence to gain access. Anyway, less then 24 hrs the fence had another hole it. The fence guy was called back to repair it. And to quote the fence guy "I hate having to repair my own work."

To the churches credit I guess they did put it back so to a certain degree the fence was secure post their service. Well, at the end of this week Mazinga will move into the finished room and effectively be building security.

So goes things in Africa.

Stay tuned.

Cool sunset photo of the grass inside the fence of the Social Center

1 comment:

  1. What a hoot ... it'll be great to have someone on-site to keep an eye on things.