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, February 9, 2012

Social Center Part 32 (Decision made at Lunch)

So I went to lunch and the guy doing the flooring made a decision on the style of the flooring that I wouldn't have allowed but it made sense. I debated having him change it but he was about 20 tiles past the change & would have meant ripping up & discarding those 20 tiles since they were cut specifically for the area. Put it this way Feng Shui would be blowing her top. (skip to the bottom for photos). But as I come to the end here, the phrase we used all the time on movie sets applies. "It is what it is" and as Titi has reassured me numerous times as I have fretted about some details, mistakes, minor stuff. "Nobody cares, it is great."

And normally I am not detailed oriented at all nor do I get bothered by the small stuff, but on this project the small stuff just annoyed me to no end. So as we only a have a few days left, I will be happy for it to be finished. Its been a long, good project.

So the floor of the main room despite what I said above looks amazing:

The dark tile colors match the outside of the building's orange & dark brown colors beautifully. And once completed this main room which will mostly be used as a school room will hide much of the children's dirt and since the tiles are ceramic they should withstand the abuse provided they arent dropped heavy stuff on them.

Some work in progress photos:

And just some more flooring photos.

Ok for comparison of the opening paragraph.

The main idea was for the full size bigger white tiles to ring the outside & darker ones are the inside with a nice dialog pattern. But sense the room is not a perfect square and the door area has extra room. He decided to base the wall tiles from the edge of the door so when you first walk in it all looks right & in align. But when the doors are closed one wall has smaller white tiles. The photo above on left shows the way its supposed to be. See the photo above on the right for the contrast of the white tiles sizes. And the photo to the right is the front door with the full tiles to see the decision. Hope that makes sense.

I don't think they have squirrels in Swaziland but one did come to the door.


  1. Great, great, great ... and love the squirrel ... it is what it is ... and things all work out.

  2. The squirrel could be a 'young out of the water' walrus. Love the floor, no matter which way the tiles are pointing.