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.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Social Center Part 15 (INSTALLED!!!!!)

This day has taken almost exactly a year to get to this spot. At this time last year Bread, my puppy was put to sleep later to create a rabies campaign here in town, and I decided to go to Mozambique for Christmas. And in the time between when my AMICAALL office closed and the departure for the Holidays. I began writing the application that will become the a completed Social Center.

And Today (well Monday really) but today Tuesday Dec 6th, 2011.


Yep, with the Town Council's contribution the final steps to complete had begun.

So going back 2 days on Sunday I went to the Yebo Art Gallery and found an artist that has painted art on many exterior buildings around Swaziland. So that is some exciting news that I will get into the in the future. Then on Monday morning, I went and got some metal that we are using for some creative windows for the kitchen. Again, another future story.

But in the last 2 weeks when we weren't working Mazinga has found other work like any freelancer construction worker got to go where the money is and he has now become irresponsible continually putting other jobs over ours. So over the weekend, I asked Dennis to find us another contractor who can put in the windows. At this point there is no stopping this project. Mazinga still has to finish his part of the contract which is installing the 5 windows in the bathroom. So now it has become an interesting management challenge to get him to do those windows, they are purchased and ready to go.

So new guy shows up Monday morning and we have one window frame that he puts in as I am returning from Manzini. So I arrive Monday afternoon to see it, so EXCITING.

The First Window (well not really since Mazinga's room has 2 but anyway. YEAH!)

Monday afternoon I raid the cash machine go buy the rest of the windows so they are there for Tuesday morning. And these have the burglar bars already attached.

He got 5 all set in the building and tomorrow is the finishing touches including putting the glass. Which means by the end of the week the building should be secured (except bathroom which is a separate room with its own exterior door see above picture)

Burglar Bars

More Windows

And to make the day more interesting we bought doors and a double steel door with frame that turns out to be to big. So tomorrow is decision time on what to do. Most likely taking it back.

Dennis dropping off the door frame from the borrowed NERCHA truck since the AMICAALL one isn't available for the AMICAALL Social Center. But that is an issue I am not getting into. Anyway, Thank You NERCHA. (By the way NERCHA is the cabinet level organization that runs all HIV/AIDS aspects here in Swaziland, kind of a boss to AMICAALL.)

Lots more coming keep paying attention.


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  2. What a roller coaster ride ... such a fine job of contracting your're doing, staying on top of everything - a challenging job, to be sure. Not without a few hitches, but much progress on all fronts. In just a few weeks, we'll be there - to see the place first-hand, to celebrate with you and everyone else a terrific project. You've learned a lot along the way! It'll take ya' to good places!