Friday, September 21, 2018

Week Thirteen: Mayo Building Workshop hosted by Mayo Women’s Association – ‘Dalu for Development’

The domes look great, but the team was showing signs of fatigue - though we caught a second wind at the end of this week. We have only actually worked eleven weeks on the building itself (discounting tear down and the week off for Eid), nevertheless, it has taken longer than we anticipated.
Looking good with the second of four anticipated coats of plaster finished - though
several people commented that they missed the pink bags. We explained
that the bags would eventually disintegrate in the sun, so the plaster is needed.
The engineers (Mubarak and Mujtaba) pose in the arches of their team created steps
The end of the week showed some great progress in spite of the weariness, and had some good benchmarks! In addition to the plaster, the electricity was installed and by the end of the week, the conduits were covered in plaster, and the beams set.

The team needed a couple of team meetings this week as patience was getting short and some of those that came from Darfur are missing 'home'.
The team without their usual exuberant faces, yet determined to
complete a great project for the world to see!
The prospect of completing the workshop, and having an amazing building to show to the world at the opening ceremony where they will receive their certificates was good incentive to keep going. We all want it to be great! and to set the course for some new projects and prosperity in the Sudan.
Still signs of triumph from Mohammed Isaa!
Hard work and team spirit still alive! as some of the team members take over the
camera duties for several days this week
Engineer Mujtaba collects dirt, that has been filtered through the team's
homemade sifter, to make plaster

Rihab and Suliman looking cheerful for the camera operated by Lila 
The USAID engineer Amir paid us a visit this week along with the AECOM's US-Sudan representative Jason. They spoke to us about 'the next steps, ' which we would like to take place in Darfur with an ARC Peace project. The Haggar folks and the AECOM team will follow up with the women's organization in Dalu for business planning, so we are already working with them to plan for the future.
AECOM US/Sudan (Jason) speaks with Djo and USAID engineer Amir
early in the week when we just were starting the plastering
Djo talks with Amir (USAID engineer)

Adam assists Doc in buying
fittings at a Souk Sagana

Abdlrazeg, Rashid, and Abubaker work together to place a very heavy ladder to continue
working on the external plaster
For the electricity, our ARC Peace advisor Najlaa brought in some of their company electricians to install the fixtures before we began the internal plastering. They did a good job and did it quickly.
Electrical conduits installed on the arch and in the domes, ready to be embedded in plaster
Djo points to the embedded conduit with the fixtures ready for the external plugs and
switches after we finish the smooth plaster coats next week
The ladies take a break at the end of a long hot day
The guys take a break whenever they can... it is hot and tiring!
Abubaker measures the center line
of the i-beam
Architect Mubarak works on i-beam
placement while
Architect Najlaa helps out
Mathi and Djo place the support i-beam - the welder will come to fix them in place
along with the windows next week
Now everyone can take their coffee breaks inside the dome 

And the men as well as the ladies help prepare the coffee
Amjed and 'Big Red' sneak away to check their cell phones in the shed

Amjed looking macho!
We discovered this week that he is studying law at the university and
that he is a skilled worker with gypsum... we are looking forward to his handiwork next week
Fatima takes the opportunity to check on her kids during a break... they are in the nursery
on the compound built by UN Habitat
Fatima back at work! The women from Dalu for Development are pleased that they will have a
new and beautiful building for their training center that they actually built!! 
Mathi - the trainers  from 'For A Purpose' also need their cell phone breaks..!
Lila takes a picture of Abdlrazeg sweating but smiling at the work's progress.
He is our city council member training with us while active in his community.
Rashid - team leader from the Malam project - remains positive and focused, though very much
wanting the project to be finished so he can return to his home in Darfur
To help us through the last stretch, Doc agrees to take the team on a picnic to Jebel Aulia
on Saturda
We are looking forward to the picnic at Jebel Aulia and a visit from Mr. Maher - owner of AFRA Plastic Industries - as well as from Catholic Relief Services and Hassan Salah from the Rotary Club.
And Bernard prepares to hold down the fort for the weekend!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Week Twelve: Mayo Building Workshop hosted by Mayo Women’s Association – ‘Dalu for Development’


Sunday pm…the domes are closed!!! The team is ecstatic… and so proud!!!
It is beautiful! 

Some of triumphant team climb on the dome at the end of the day on Sunday,
Lila and Bernard look on...
Monday we started plastering! We had some more stormy days this week. 
Abeer and Rihab took over the camera for Doc for a few days while she did some final accounting and purchasing...
Bushara, Rashid, and Lila get a kick out of throwing the plaster inside the dome

Just a great picture of the plastering taken by Abeer

Abeer takes a picture of Rihab handing a bucket of plaster to Fatima

Djo does some soil tests to see what earth/sand/cement mixture
will be the best for the final smooth coat of plaster
The dome takes 5-10% (after testing) of cement in the earth mix for filling the bags
final two coats of the external plaster  will be with river sand 
and around 15% cement with some water proofing..
the early tests of the mix had a lot of clay, which has some small cracks... it works,
but it is not as beautiful as the river sand...
readily available most places out of the river beds...

Nice smooth plaster from sifted river sand/earth mixture and 15% cement...
The ladies take a picture of Engineer Mujtaba constructing the wheel chair ramp 

Bushara adds rough plaster to the window casing

Abeer takes a picture of Architect Mubarak working on the external plaster

We did all the rest of our supply purchasing for the next two weeks to close out the grant.
Our cement supplier just dropped off his last load of 10 bags... the domes are really big, and since we added the fancy steps and benches and loft, we had to purchase a few more
metric tons than estimated for the basic domes...
Some planning for finishing.
Djo, Mathi, and Abubaker takes some leveling measurements to plan for the floor...

Abeer takes a picture of Rihab doing the rough plaster on the windows

Amjed does some chipping and smoothing on the windows to prepare for the plastering

Fatima takes a picture of their handiwork

Must have goofy pictures from the dome!!

Rough plastering almost finished in some patches

Engineer Mohammed from the Rotary Club Khartoum (top right in picture below) volunteered some of his time to help us with a consult on the loft construction and some 
electricians came with estimates. 
Ms Norma Kfouri (front row right) invited Doc to the Khartoum Rotary Club
where the Mayo project generated a lot of interest!
Mr. Hassan Salah (seated third from the left in the front row) invited Doc to his house for Friday brunch to chat further about the domes. Several of the newly graduated younger folks in the club found the prospect of the domes interesting and have connections with national NGOs funded by countries in the Middle East.

Djo, Mujtaba, Mubarak, and Amjed finish designing the steps.
Amjed and Mujtaba start
the bottom steps

Asjad's class helps with the steps

The last of the bag work with the platform for the steps and the wheel chair ramp

Mubarak and the second step 

Mujtaba and Mubarak consult
with Djo on finishing the steps

Engineer Mujtaba puts the finishing touches of the steps 

Asjad’s classes came for a visit on Thursday. 
Architect Asjad from ARC Peace Sudan brings her class from
National University - Sudan 

Asjad's class observes the bagging technique as Mujtaba and Mubarak build the steps

Architecture students get to see 'earth domes' first hand and it
changes their mind about earth buildings! - in a good way!

Architecture students take selfies with Mathi and Djo

Last day of the week shows some significant progress on the plastering!
Aerial view on Thursday pm... with a large patch of rough plaster finished
Some old photos of Sudan sent by 'Auntie' Norma... just adding it for the readers to see how it was...

Then some nice portrait shots that Abeer and Rihab took...
Fatima from the Mayo Women's Association

Abeer from Mayo Women's Association