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.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Social Center Part 21 (Ext Changes)

So all during this week the building has been going through dramatic changes on its exterior. The addition of the windows and doors then the first coat of paint (white) then the 2nd coat of paint (orange) and now the skirting (dark brown) plus the kitchen metal windows and burglar doors painted red. And we ran out of orange paint before finishing.

< Swazi definition - Skirting = Generally a dark brown strip of paint that surrounds the lower part of the house with the intention of hiding the dirt splatter that happens from rain. > (Every home with paint has one.)

This Social Center is just filled with all kinds of colors the interior rooms, several painted weeks ago, some today as it was raining, all have different shades. Frankly, it is amazing that it looks this color coordinated cause as Titi I joked today, we made plans for many parts of the building (many back up one that we haven't had to use) but the one part we completely missed was color coordination.

So below are the series of pictures of how the building looked on Sunday, Tues, Wed, & Thurs. (in that order top to bottom)

And the view from the street. 1st taken a couple of weeks ago and 2nd taken on Wed

And some different angles of the building showing the skirting. The skirting in the front is intention higher normal cause of the kids and their dirty hands and helps keep the Center looking cleaner. (You can notice the change in height on the picture directly below on the right.)


  1. What a wonderful story ... I like the "skirting" design ... makes sense.

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