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.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Art Classes & Painting Part 13 (Post Day 2, Tuesday July 10th, 2012)

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

It’s Wednesday, I have been writing these entries & uploading photos all day not leaving my bed. These will also be complied into a news article for the Swaziland PC monthly journal & for the PC post project documentation. And even as I write all this I can’t believe how much happened in just 5 days

But let’s go back.

It’s Tuesday, the main building of Ward 2 is mostly completed with lots of little stuff to go, lots & lots & lots of laughs happening. The World Map is turning into something quite special. Joseph proves his art skills again with the Elephant & Giraffe.

Joseph starts off at Ward 5 where he paints the AIDS ribbons on Titi’s Center. Since as much as the Center’s are schools they are also support facilities for Caregivers who take care of people sick with AIDS & TB & the healthy HIV + people. Then comes to Ward 2 where he puts another AIDS ribbon the building.

But the main focus of the day is finishing the world map, Obed & Thebo have lots of little details to add. So since Senzo & Sambulo have returned also for more paid work. We focused on touching up the building everywhere. Making it look beautiful around the artwork.

So around 10:00am, Joseph finally makes it to the Ward 2 Center, he had only seen the pictures. He is happy to see the work they have done, but one continent is forgotten, Antarctica. So once that is added the map is complete. Joseph decides to puts some final touches on background around The Chase.

So around 1:00pm, the map was totally complete, which meant the artistic part was complete, we still had lots of skirting touch ups under the map to do so once those were complete we were done. Here is the team.

And because the ultimate inspiration for this project started back in 2005 with Angela Galletta, now Angela Blood, who Khetsewi & Dennis both remember, I had them add this symbol.

So thanks for reading, it was fun to write this especially in this format, it was even more fun doing it and I thought I couldn’t top what I had completed when finishing the Ward 4 Center. And although I know this project was much less expensive, nor as long nor as complicated, it touched more lives directly

So at the end, Senzo & Sambulo both literally walked away from the project with a whole new outlook on potential careers, they both have artistic talent but its practice and knowledge & breaking out of any mold their society keeps them in. They now understand that it’s possible to make a living as an Artist.

Joseph, Obed & Thebo took off to go help more students learn more about art. You can support them by following & Liking Yebo Art Gallery on Facebook since some of their work is on display there. Khetsewi is the one who remains with the Center to take care of it. It is in good hands.

So as we all walked away to go our own ways, Sambulo & Senzo were given the remaining paint which included all the colors they need to start (Black, white, yellow, blue & red) their new found opportunity, plus more brushes, money in their pockets for hard work, some general painting supplies like a roller, trey, regular brush all of it can be used to make money, if they try and be creative.

As one final incentive, I told them if they create something I might buy it, but it’s up to them to get it to me before I leave in mid August. Anyway, I feel like I can add Senzo & Sambulo to the list of Swazi’s I have had an individual affect on their lives. And they in return have affected my life.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed.

1 comment:

  1. This was a wonderful read - account of the 2nd Center project. You have touched their lives, as they have touched yours. With the finishing of the World Map, the circle is complete. Cheers!