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, January 17, 2012

Social Center Part 26 (Grand Opening Jan 5th)

So On January 5th, 2012. Pretty much one year after the first paperwork was submitted for the application part of the process. We had the Grand Opening of the AMICAALL Ward 4 Social Center. In attendance were about 20 Peace Corps people including the Country Director, many of the Local Swazi Officials including the Town CEO & the Town Councilor (by the way the Town councilors along with the Members of Parliament are the only elected officials in the country) and a whole host of mothers with their pre-school children. Including the children probably around 50 people attended.

I gave a speech making sure to thank everyone who helped make it happen. I was truly in the middle of a bunch of people that made it happen. Even though I am getting a lot credit, I tried to make sure it was spread to all. Titi was brought up to help thank all of the workers, who he mostly found.

The children performed a couple of songs and did some traditional dancing. The Councilor was so excited about the finished building he did a little dancing of his own. Everyone was feed and it was just a very happy day for the community and myself. And many of the special people in my life where in attendance which made it even better.


The building isn't 100% complete yet.

But since God has his own great timing for this project mix in a little luck and some hard work by all. And the building was finished to throw an event well my parents were visiting. They were a huge part of the fund raising in the US, so it was appropriate that they get to attend the Grand Opening.

The Program for the Day.

The big announcement other than of course the fact that it was finished was that additional funds have been allocated to the Center from the Peace Corps Swaziland to help make the building completely complete.

So in 2012 it is ceilings & floors with other small fixes around the center. The aim is to have it finished by the time the school session opens.

And here are some more pictures: ENJOY and thanks to all

The kid's Dancing Notice to right the windows and how they are being used to serve out of. Pretty much the best idea of the construction part of the Center.

The kid's filing in for the first time with Town CEO, Town Councilor (on Left of column) and PC Country Director (on right) watching.

My Speech. The Councilor's Dance.

And the Ribbon

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