It's been one month today since the three of us arrived in the village - and it's crazy to think how fast time has passed and how much we have accomplished and experienced so far.
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We're currently continuing pouring the foundation and building form work to pour the cement. We are about 60% done with the foundation. The past couple of pours have had longer dry times, slightly slowing us down.
So far the workshop has been a new and different experience for each one of us, of course with over lapping ideas. For me, I previously had onsite experience directing workers, as well as the office side of both designing and project management.
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Our second week here in Abetenim was filled with new learning experiences for all involved as our team focused on preparing for the concrete pour to complete the classroom foundation. The goal for the week was to build and fit the formwork for the first 4 of 8 angled corners of the classroom design. Those of you who are familiar with the construction field know that more often than not, many unforeseen site conditions and material delays have a way of altering the construction schedule. Constructing in Abetenim is no different. With a delay in the second half of our wood delivery, we took the opportunity to have half the team dig a drainage trench to divert the rain water which flows down onto our site. The other half of the team was tasked with fitting the one corner formwork assembled the previous week. This proved to be a learning opportunity for everyone involved as the team was challenged with placing the formwork into the 24” wide foundation trench.
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One week down...
Dave, Steve and I have collectively traveled over four days, taken five flights and visited two other countries before arriving in the Abetenim Arts Village. Dave and I first traveled to Accra and met up with his cousin Henry, who gave us a tour of the city and introduced us to our first taste of local Ghanaian food. Red Red with beef, I'm telling you it's absolutely worththe try! Steve landed in Accra later that night and met all of us out for some beers and dancing. Although short, the time spent in Accra was a great start to the rest of our trip.
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