Saturday we nearly finished the levelling pad!
Early this week we will begin pouring the earth walls. The formwork for the walls is close to being complete.
Yesterday was our first day building up the foundation. We began pouring a 2″ concrete levelling pad for our stone foundation to sit upon. We also began digging out a slope for ou compost toilet.
Today we will finish both of these tasks and meet with the local rebar worker to determine the design and placement of the rebar.
We apologize for not updating so much over the past month. We ran into a political problem which put the project on hold.
In a brief summary:
The village we were going to build in is within a larger district. Both the village and the district have a Chief that oversee their respective areas. According to the Chief of the district, he was not informed of the construction project. The Chief of our village and the non-profit organization we are working with claim that this not true and that the district Chief does know. Therefore, Weft remains on hold indefinitely.
However, we are not prepared to sit around and wait. We were introduced to another village (in a different district) that could use some help building a new clinic for minor medical issues.
We have spent the last week and half designing a clinic with the input of both our host community and the new community, where we are building.
Today was our 4th day of work on the new site and we’re making good progress. Our goal end date is still the end of August.
Juma juma juma! (Work, work, work in the local language of Twi)
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We’ve made it to Ghana! Today we took a walking tour provided by the Agoo Hostel in Accra. Accra is an amazing, busy busy city!
Tomorrow, we head to Abetenim!
As we approach the beginning of our workshop (only about two weeks away), we just wanted to thank everyone who has supported the team thus far.
We will be taking our Generosity crowdfunding campaign offline next week.
However, before doing so we wanted to give everyone one last chance to donate towards the cause! Check out the Generosity campaign website. Take a look at the offered incentives! Some pretty cool stuff on there!
If you have already donated, thank you! And please help us spread the word! Thanks in advance to any new supporters!
Feel free to get in touch with us with any questions. Also, we are still looking for volunteers to join the team! Email us at email@example.com.
Thanks and Weft on!
Introducing a new team member today!
Serkan is an Architect and writer from Turkey. Serkan greatly appreciates traditional architecture of all kinds and is always looking for learning experiences. As an architect, it is his goal and passion to help people. His published book is about architecture, art and urbanism. Serkan is very excited to meet people from other parts of the world and to live with them, sing their songs and eat local foods. He believes the earth needs natural and sustainable construction materials.
Join Serkan and the rest of us in Abetenim! The workshop will begin soon. The dates are June 3rd – August 31st. Participants are welcome anytime within these dates for any amount of time.
Act fast! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Announcing another new team member!
Fritz is an aspiring architect, who just completed his second year of Architecture school. He loves sports and music. Being from Ghana, Fritz is looking forward to this trip because it gives him a chance to go back home and help out with the hope of returning in a few years as an architect to continue the good work.
Join Fritz and the rest of us in Ghana anytime between June 3rd and August 31st.
If interested and would like to learn more, act fast and email us at email@example.com!
Introducing another new team member today!
Mackenzie is a rising 4th year architecture student at UNC Charlotte. She loves all things dog and you can probably find her at a rock concert. People usually call her by the nickname Mac & Chez! She believes traveling is a huge part of growing, both as a person and as an architect, which explains why she is extremely excited for this opportunity and all the adventures that come with it.
Join Mackenzie on the team! The workshop is starting June 3rd! So soon! Reserve your spot on the team.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to welcome Cassidy Kearny to the team!
Cassidy is a rising 4th year architecture student at UNC Charlotte! She loves all things dog-related and can’t live without coffee. Some of her favorite activities include hiking and going to concerts. She loves having new adventures, so she is particularly excited to be a part of this experience!
The workshop is right around the corner. Get in touch with us now to reserve your spot on the team! Email us at email@example.com.
We are excited to announce a new team member, Ally Hawk!
A couple of things about Ally. She loves to paint and watercolor and enjoys spending time outdoors, at the beach, hiking with her pup, biking, and running. She is excited for this adventure because it aligns with her goals of learning how to build adobe/wattle and daub homes. Specifically, she is interested in studying the differences and similarities between traditional, earthen construction techniques and typical techniques that are seen in the US. Also, she is interested in analyzing the effects of build workshops on the local community.
The workshop is quickly approaching! Reserve your spot on the team now! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org