(Posted by Laurence)
A year ago the EMI construction team stepped onto site at Cherish Uganda, construction plans in hand, ready to build a new Community Learning Centre. Within a few months walls were springing up, and by May the main building was ready to receive a roof.
The basic structure of the building is a reinforced concrete frame, and for the first half of the project the crew were continually installing and stripping timber formwork, bracing it here-there-and-everywhere with eucalyptus poles, pouring the concrete, and then spraying it with water to help the curing process.
On my walks around site, inspecting progress, I love spotting glimpses of the final buildings: a view of the new kitchen from a window; the scale of the vaulted roof in the assembly hall; the new buildings appearing around a corner as they will when pupils and staff walk through the school.
I’ve relied on numerous people throughout this project – primarily Richard and Andrew, the foreman and assistant foreman, who are on site all day and every day. The vision for the buildings was of course created by the EMI design team, and they continued to be on hand to resolve design issues and answer questions. But the act of physically turning the designs into reality was down to the construction crew – men and women who work hard for minimal pay, and gather once a week to pray and worship in our site canteen-cum-chapel.
So here we are, the painters are in and the site is being gradually tidied up… still lots of work to do, but the end is in sight!