Hopefully you have been able to follow our progress over the past year and if not, take a few minutes to look through the pictures and re-live the process. I would like to say a special thank you to those who have given financially. Yabus has already changed as EVERY day people bring their produce to market, children go to school, and the clinic sees patients from both sides of the river because of this bridge. Thank you.
-Eli Fader

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tower Foundation Construction

How we build the foundation tier:

Here I am standing in the foundation walls of one of the towers. I had 10 men helping me and it was their first time to mix cement, use a plumb bob, and build a block wall. They learned incredibly quickly and I hope the skills they are learning will be used to help build their own lives and their country.

Pouring Rock and Sand:
After building our foundation wall up 135 cm, we filled it with a combination of rock and sand. We throw about 15 cm of rock in and then cover it with sand and small stones, beating it with large hammers to fill in the cracks. We repeat this process of stones and sand over and over until the foundation is filled. I then poured a thin layer of cement over the top to keep the goats and pigs from digging through it.