Monday, 15 December 2008

Hope Centre Container arrives safely:

The long awaited container arrives:
After months of waiting and a number of 'false alarms' the container, sent out from Westhill, Aberdeenshire, has now arrived on site in Gatumba. It was a nervous time for everyone with all sorts of unanswered questions remaining. Would the container be held in Burundi's port for inspection and clearing? Would the customs officers require bribes to let the container through? Would the seals have been tampered with and would there be anything missing from inside.
In the end the container was allowed on site to be processed and it was found to have the seal intact and the contents untouched.

Below the truck carrying the container arrives on site only to get stuck in the soft ground overnight where it had to be emptied by hand and the contents carried into storage the following morning.
Piece by piece the items are removed and taken to the on-site storage facility.
Bags of cement weighing 50kg are carried to the store.
At last everything is on site, and even the new cement mixer is in situ ready to start work. Even the battery which sat idle for a number of months in transit started the mixer first time.
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Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Up, Up and Away!

The walls begin on the first house:

A moment of excitement for all concerned as the first brick is placed on the walls of the first house in the Hope Centre In Burundi.

Walls go up!
Soon major progress on the construction will be visible. Most of the work up till this stage has been below the ground and for the uninitiated is invisible, but now we are beginning to see the visible part growing before our very eyes. Now we can see the layout of the interior of the house as well.

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