12.08.2010 30 °C
The Construction Site
Emilie at the site.
Agbo mixing cement
Emmanuel making the bricks, and Charles carrying the bricks away.
Emmanuel is the main contractor at the construction site, and I think that he hires everybody else for the work that need doing. When I see the pictures of Emmanuel, the first thing I think of is on Emilies birthday when he was very excited, and punching his fist in the air he said "Thank you God! God Bless you! Many more years to come!"
Charles is called "Nigeria man", by everybody there because he grew up and went to school in Nigeria.
The first few days, he was wearing an empty bag of cement on his head to protect his head from the sun. I immediately decided that I would leave him my hat when I left, but a few days later he was wearing a hat of his own. He is one of the happiest people that I have ever met, and is constantly singing when he works. It was Charles who was always happy for us to work with him, and Emilie and I spent a long time mixing cement with him.
Simon, also known as "The President", or "Adabato Ameyebo" (meaning crazy black man)
Hard at work
This is looking from the orphanage onto where the school will be built. In later pictures you can see the holes that have been dug where the crops currently are.
Lots of new bricks
The view from the hole
Me busy at work. It was very hot that day (as you would probably expect in West Africa)
Many holes have been dug. Inside them, there is a large concrete block and there are metal supports in the centre, which will be the pillars.