BUILDING THE KINGDOM EYE REFERRAL HOSPITAL- DAY 1
A great day for us to finally get underway!
Huge thanks to CBM New Zealand – and round the world – for making this possible.
So here we go!
- The last first. Foundations dug in one day with ‘people power’! That is 50 villagers!
- The layout. The building is 32×12 metres (approaching 4,000sq. ft.)
- Kenyan protein supplement!
- Final depth gets the ‘thumbs up’ form one of the many ladies working alongside the men on the site.
BUILDING CONTINUES – DAYS & 2 1/2!
Building continues 7 days a week to try and get the roof on before the rainy season, some time in March.
Construction again is just so easy this time. Have fine weather, access and water on site, plus we have done it before.
- The Kenyan ‘wheelbarrow’! Carrying concrete in the bucket to make the foundation footings. Girls, like a try? Equal pay too!
- The finished footings on which the foundation is to be built.
- Mixing concrete, village style.
EYE HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION -DAYS 4 & 5
It is amazing to me how fast the construction has progressed compared to our first building. Am so grateful to all involved.
- Here you can see the rooms as the foundations are completed.
- 15 stone masons came and completed the work in a day. Here a mason is plastering a rock into place.
- After the masons completed their work, the dirt was dug out ready for more rocks to be placed, prior to the slab being laid.
- In the middle is Eric, a Managment Consultant who is helping us to formalize systems and procedures which Kenyans love to work to. Very different to New Zealand and outside our experience. Eric is seen here with our Chairman David, and yours truly.
Rapid progress is being made, I hope you will agree.
KINGDOM EYE HOSPITAL BUILD – Days 6 & 7
In 1 week we have gone from bare earth to being ready to pour the slab. A tremendous effort by all involved!
- Maram, forming a solid , smooth based is placed on top of the filling stones. This covered with a heavy polythene and the reinforcing rods laid on top.
- Laying the maram.
- Binding the reinforcing rods together.
- Trimming stones into rectangular shapes for building the walls
SLAB COMPLETED! Day 8
Remarkable work by Jonah our contactor and the team of 50 to get the foundations dug and the slab completed, 100% manually! Congratulations to all those involved!
- Slab completed as darkness fell
- And in daylight the girls are watering to help the curing process.
The concrete now needs to cure for 4 days before starting the walls.