I’d like to apologize for not posting more often, but our internet here has been very unreliable for the past week. Allow me to give a brief recap of the events I missed.
Day 3: We rented a bulldozer at the school site in order to effectively level off the area of land that the buildings will be placed (the footprint). Meanwhile at the bridge site, trenches were laboriously dug by hand and more rocks were placed around the bridge foundation to prevent erosion.
Day 4: The bulldozer was hired again, and the footprint was completely leveled off. Additionally, our entire property cleared of vegetation. At the bridge site, the trenches were completely dug, and gabion baskets (giant wire baskets meant to hold rocks) were assembled and placed in the trenches.
Day 5: At the school site, we surveyed and located the corners of the 2 buildings that are being worked on this trip. At the bridge site, lots of rock was moved from the pile in the village down to the bridge and into the gabion baskets.
Day 6: School site-a backhoe was hired and footing trenches were dug, along with a trench for a culvert. Bridge site-even more rock was moved into the gabion baskets (moving rock is a herculean task).
Day 7: School site-the footing trenches were completely dug and began to be filled with gravel. Bridge site-the gabion baskets were completed and more rock was placed in front of and behind the baskets in order to support the dam.
Day 8: School site-the footing trenches were almost totally filled with gravel, and rebar (metal reinforcing rods) were laid out on top of the gravel. Bridge site-since the bridge reparations are done, the bridge team (Eden and Dr. Thomson) toured Accra for most of the day, then departed for the U.S. in the evening. We all ate pizza with them in Accra before seeing them off at the airport.
Day 9: We finished filling the footing trenches with gravel, and started pouring the concrete footing!
Day 10: We finished pouring the footing on the larger south building, and started pouring the footing on the smaller east building.