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.

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Adventure Home Day 8 & 9 (Clean Up & Ring Out)

The ring out ceremony. 

So I returned to Mbabane and the PC office on Wed to do Close of Service paperwork, etc type of stuff.  It's just as much work getting out as getting but on much shorter time span.  So several post interviews later and then a tradition where PC staff & other volunteers say nice things about you.  Kris & I planned it so we had our ring outs at the same time.  We are both tall white men but that is about where the similarities end.  So it was an interesting mix of people stories about us.  So then I got to say some words in return about my service.  Then you clang a wheel and sign your name and your done.  But I still had four days left.

And immediately after the ceremony took off back to Mpaka for Thursday's big clean up day.

 So here are series of pictures of the camp before the clean up.  About 60 of the 300 camp residences helped out in the clean up campaign which was three basic things picking up trash, clean the toilets and showers plus putting a fence around a trash pit. 

These are the showers on the back side is toilets

This one of the trash pits we put a fence up around.

The Shower.

The small trash pit


The second pit we used some busted up unusable PCV water pipes for the poles

And then in the showers it was discovered that some of the pluming was clogged this unbelievable black muck, of who knows what human left over waste,  It was really unbelievable to see.  And PCV Ryan Hall spent pretty much the whole day helping clean out the black muck of the shower stalls & the then even more clogged and disguising septic tank. YUCK.

It was a very rewarding day and tiring and dirty.  The Black Muck was taken a spread over a unused garden and then covered with dirt from the trash pits.  So I would assume that it would turn into fertilizer if it is not to toxic.

So interesting how busy I have been right up to the end, it doesn't feel like only day is left to go before leaving.

In the evening, I returned to Ezulweni Valley wear I attend the Swear In party.  The Group 10 41 new volunteers just became official just as I am almost officially out.  And so goes PC in & out and new replaces the old, on and on.

I am very excited to be going and looking forward to the traveling.

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