Construction has started on the Community Center and Kitchen!

This being our third round of building, I feel like I know the process now! First Emmanuel needs to collect pebbles or aggregate to mix with the cement. This can be a challenging task. Pebbles have become more difficult to obtain and expensive as they are in short commodity, as the government wants a majority of the p ebbles for their building purposes. Emmanuel searched and searched and found his first load of pebbles along a roadside. He purchased them for some what of a discount, about $500 rather than $600 usd. He ultimately has needed two more loads of pebbles.
Aggregates or pebbles as Emmanuel calls them are hand shoveled into the truck.

Sand is the next material needed. Sand seems to be in readily available. Emmanuel does not have to “hunt” for sand. I am continually amazed at these big trucks that come up Kisongo Street!
Bags of cement are the next supply to obtain. The price of cement bags has varied over time, but generally stays about the same.

Steel is next. We will need thicker steel for this building as the walls will be taller. 12 mm vs 10 mm. More expensive.
The foundation has been set and digging has started.
When Emmanuel was hunting for pebbles one Sunday morning, he went to church in Sakina and in Sakina was this building. He fell in love with it and sent me the photo. He and I now want to fashion our Community Center to look similar. We will have to work on it gradually, as it is much fancier than we have funding for right now. We will construct the foundation and make the necessary kitchen for the school, and then we will work on completing this Community Center. This is the building that I hope to raise more money to finish.
Rough sketch of the building size and configuration.
Inside the Community Center in Sakina. Sakina is an area north of Arusha. It is not near our school, so we will not be duplicating services. This room is so beautiful!! I dream of our Bethany Community Center looking like this someday!

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