But rest assured... this project has not been abandoned! In fact, I have just returned from my first trip to Liberia since 2010, and I am anxious to share with you some of my latest pictures so you can see what is happening with PROJECT BUCHANAN today. In short: Over the last 2 years, Liberian contractors have been busy, four different stateside work teams have gone over to help, and construction has been started on three buildings (with one now nearing completion)... well, let me not get ahead of myself in the story!
A little more than 2 months ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Buchanan with a 3-man work team that was going over from New Jersey. Gordon Tiner (the team leader), Jim Purcaro, and Jason Young spent the last 2 weeks of July in Buchanan, where they worked very hard on several PROJECT BUCHANAN construction jobs. After they returned to the States, I spent another 2 weeks in Liberia doing some project follow-up.
So let's get started with the slideshow...
|One of the first jobs on Gordon Tiner's list was to build concrete steps from the back kitchen door down to ground level at the back of the house.|
|Here Gordon is checking his measurements and making a few suggestions...|
|...and now the wet concrete is being shoveled into the wooden forms.|
|Considerable work had to be done on the wooden window frames and sills throughout the building, before they would be ready to accommodate the jalousies. (See the third photo below.)|
|Bringing the generator outside didn't seem to help get it started...|
|...nor did looking at it from a different angle!|
|Meanwhile... While we stood around wondering what to do next, a truly skilled carpenter among us decided to pull out his trusted rip saw and get the job done by hand--and in short order!|
|When we were having this much 'fun' (or was it frustration?), the morning really flew by quite quickly! Soon it was time for some lunch, out in front of the building.|