27/11/ – 30/11/17
In Omanguete, the foundation has literally already been laid. This means that now the walls of the hostel can be erected. Just a week ago, some construction workers started making bricks. Since last year, I know that this material has to undergo a hardening procedu (working process – school construction) for one week after pressing them to get the desired stability. The oldest stones which are hard enough by this time can now be installed.
I find it really great how the construction team is put together. The foreman Tadeus assigned by building contractor Urs has had a very experienced team for years. Men from the surrounding regions, all experts in their respective fields, are supported by local forces – i. e. Himba and Zemba – on every new construction site. This guarantees a smooth process of the construction progress through supraregional and very experienced forces and at the same time, supports the local population by creating jobs.
My daily visits to the construction site for the purpose of documentation are combined with useful delivery services. Just like last year (Truck Driving in Kaokoland – 2016), I am able to make a good contribution as a driver: after all, building materials and employees have to be moved back and forth between the construction site and our base in Okangvati regularly. In addition, the household must be supplied and maintained. However, greater shopping always means an hour and a half drive per way. Without a dishwasher or washing machine, the other everyday tasks are more time-consuming than usual, as you can imagine. But I enjoy it all a lot and I am very happy to help. The Okangvati base is currently inhabited by Urs, the building contractor, the universally applicable high-performance Manfred and me. Our 3-person flat harmonises perfectly and everyone knows how to contribute to the common well-being.
There is also a very positive side effect of my accommodation in Okangvati. I get a closer look at the administrative work on site. Therefore, I can look over dear Urs’s (GBC – Gabathuler Building Contractors) shoulder while he does the construction planning as well as regularly listen to discussions with Gisela and Andreas (Projekt Kaokoland e. V.) and, of course, provide my own input. Just like last year, I am thrilled to see how project manager and building contractor harmonise and how they always help each other, even when it is not about construction projects. A prime example for fruitful cooperation.