05/12/ – 11/12/16
This week, I can finally support the construction workers and primarily Tadeus, the foreman. Apart from Tadeus, no one else has a driver’s licence on the construction site. Thus, in addition to its actual organisational, administrative and controlling tasks, Tadeus has to deal with practically all staff and material transfers.
And this week, there really are a lot of tranfers. In addition to the daily tasks of supplying the site with sufficient water (tanks), equipment and material that is no longer needed at the end of the year must be taken to his “Christmas warehouse” in Okanguati. Furthermore, the ongoing task is to fill the floors of the four new classrooms. Since the local terrain is not flat, some very large pits are found within the new classroom walls.
Lots of debris are luckily found on another site, which is also a project of “Kaokoland e.V.”: a large building is being renovated in Okanguati to accommodate orphans next year. At this construction site, whole walls were partly removed, which means, of course, that there is a lot of construction waste on the site of the future orphanage.
Construction waste, which we would gladly recycle as floor filling material in Omuhonga. So this week, I am behind the wheel of a Pickup/Bucky with high horsepower and am pleased to be able to contribute something useful to the construction progress.
After we loaded the cement mixer, the ”tamper” (see “Work Process School Building”) and all the material no longer needed from the construction site in Omuhonga and unloaded all the debris from Okanguati in exchange,
there is still a lot of cubic meters of filling material needed for the classroom floors. These cubic meters are taken from a nearby sand/gravel pit. Already when the road to Omuhonga was poured, the before-mentioned sand/gravel pit functioned as excavation site.
With every transport, we get closer to the goal of the even floors. Another goal, which is planned before Christmas, is the roof! On Friday, the material is delivered completely. Thus, coming Monday, the start of work on the roof construction is planned.
Last working day for the workers and me is the “half” Saturday (7:00am to 1:00pm). Afterwards, everyone can prepare for the “Christmas party” of the building contractor Urs. We have a barbecue, eat, drink and dance. And finally, the big farewell follows. For the majority of the team the Christmas holidays start tomorrow. After I said goodbye to my teacher colleagues (who had to do last administrative tasks in Omuhonga) on Wednesday, the goodbye’s, “Wish you all the best’s” and “Merry Christmas’s” follow, with colleagues from the construction site. The fact that there is also alcohol at this closing event makes the whole thing not less emotional.
Next week, a last visit to the construction site in Omuhonga is planned to let the professionals explain the roof construction. And then, there is a safari tour with Urs. Our building contractor cannot only build schools well, but he is also very well acquainted with the nature of the country.
The contact with Urs and other representatives of the construction team as well as Gisela and Andreas from “Kaokoland e.V.” will of course remain close and you will be informed about the current construction progress in Omuhonga.