This year started very quickly at Fort Jacque with a delivery of cement on January 1st. As you can see, things are very different here than back home. You would never expect a delivery on New Year day. The cement was used by our boss maçon and his crew to pour the floor for the second story that will be going up on top of Pat`s house next month.
On the 9 of January, a team arrived from Canada. They came from Bethesda South United Church in Cobourg Ontario and stayed at GLA for 10 days.
They did a lot of work including framing the walls for the second floor of the school.
They not only framed the walls but they also installed the plywood and the cement board before putting the walls up. This is such a blessing for us as these walls are quite high above ground.
As you can see in the pictures, the women on that team were hard workers and were not afraid to get up there and work with the men. Some of the women also helped Jocelyne to do the inventory of the things we received on the container in December.
The team finished the sewer pipes for the school and cleaned the first floor. They also cleaned the playground so we can do the work that needs done before it is installed.
Thank you very much for all your hard work. You have set the bar quite high for the teams that will be coming this year.
While the team was working on the second floor, the windows on the first floor were installed. They are awesome and very solid. They are made of 2 plates of glass one quarter of an inch thick with a membrane between them. These windows, along with our stones and blocks wall make the first floor of the school into a bunker in which the children will be able to be safe if we are ever hit by a hurricane.
The next three pictures show the toddler houses and the school from outside the property and two views of the school from the playground level and when walking to the toddler area.
Finally, the road crew that is building the new road to Fort Jacque poured the curb and sidewalk below the entrance to the property at Fort Jacque. Starting tomorrow, our Haitian crew will finish the driveway down to the sidewalk.
Posted on Sun, January 19, 2014
by Georges & Jocelyne Gauvreau