|The team says farewell to Ustaz Hooman and we take |
one of our favorite 'sitting on the dome shots'
We are combining weeks nine and ten since week nine was 'Eid al Adha' and people disappear for almost two weeks instead of the official four day holiday. At the last moment, the 'State' declared Sunday a holiday as well, but the whole team heroically worked for one day on Ustaz Hooman's last week.
We took lots of farewell shots with the team and everyone exchanged Facebook and WhatsApp contacts to keep in close touch with Ustaz Hooman while we spend the next month finishing.
|Doc takes a farewell shot of the ladies with Raha: Fatima, Rihab, Abeer, Raha, |
Lila, Najlaa, and Asjad
|Team members exchange Facebook and WhatsApp info with Ustaz Hooman|
|Ustaz Hooman and Raha Faridi with Najlaa, her father and sister at her house |
in Bahri for EID feast!! (Doc taking the photo)
|Raha getting ready to take photos at Engineer Mujtaba's house in Omdurman. |
We had a nice time with the women and men of his family. What gracious hosts!
|Sharing food with the team daily at the Mayo site (before Eid)|
Ustaz Hooman, Earthbuilder Aaron, Bushara, Saifadin, and Engineer Mujtaba
|Adam helps serve the food to one of the groups enjoying 'breakfast' at 10:30 daily|
|Team work with Ustaz Hooman during his final days with us|
|Hassan and Ahmed Ali look on while the donkey cart delivers the cement this week|
|Ladies work in a team with|
|Neighbor lady visits the dome and|
wants one for herself!
|Raha has a final visit with the|
children in the nearby park
|Fatima's kids pose for Doc|
We were happy to see Djo and Mathi arrive after their well deserved break in Europe for some festivals and they were eager to start building again with the team and loved how far we have come.
|Doc, Aaron, Ustaz Hooman, Mathi, Djo, and Bernard|
|Ustaz Hooman takes a last |
look at his baby
|Ustaz fades out, Djo and Mathi fade in|
|Djo and Mathi listen to Ustaz Hooman|
Aaron brings up suggestions
|Muslim and Babiker take|
advantage of the window shade
Remember, the first week of the project was tearing down the old building, so we have only been at it for nine weeks with one week off for Eid, and a few breaks from the rain, so what we have is less than eight weeks (of only five days a week working in the extreme heat) of actual work. The team should be extremely proud and pleased.
|Hadeer takes a picture from on top of the dome of team work! Hadeer was one of our |
University of Khartoum students that Homes for Sudan, Haggar Foundation, Stead Foundation
and the Mennonites sponsored for a summer course in Ohio two years ago
|Fatima and Rihab take a break on the built in bench in the shade of the dome|
We were so sad to see Aaron preparing to depart.
|Adam on dome. Middle row: Dr. Ahmed, Abdul Khareem, Eng. Mujtaba, Djo, Eng. Mubarak, AARON, |
Rihab, Mathi, Najlaa, Bernard, Ahmed Ali, and Ahmed Abdurahman
Front row: Abubaker, Babiker, Muslim, Abeer, and Lila
|Aaron says farewell to the team|
|Aaron and Fatima pose in brown|
It is time for a shout out to our partners and donors again! Our newest partner donor is one that has contributed before - The Haggar Foundation. Having Sudanese partners is our greatest pleasure, and the Haggar Foundation partnered with Homes for Sudan, the Stead Foundation, and some of our Mennonite friends from Ohio to send two University of Khartoum Students to the US to study intensive English composition two years ago. Both Stead and Haggar joined us for this project along with USAID/TEPS, For a Purpose, the Seeds for Jubilee Foundation, and the University of Khartoum, as well as the Sudanese organizations SHPDO, NOHS, Malam Project, ARC Peace Sudan, and our wonderful women with Dalu for Development.
|Donors invest in the future of Sudan|
Last but not least, a special thanks to Dr. Murtada Moustafa and his family, our hosts who have helped out with housing for all of our visiting architects and earth-builders since 2007. We could not have done any of this without them!
|Our young mixer helper Abdul Khareem sitting in the shade under the cistern|
|Djo measures with the chain|
and tries to remain patient
while quitting smoking
|Dr. Ahmed views the completed arch|
between the domes
Djo (who is quitting smoking) and Doc had a little trouble with patience this week - we want so much to pass along the culture of 'WE CAN' and get rid of 'we can't'... The team was good natured. They are one of the best teams Doc and Ustaz have worked with in the Sudan, so we have so much hope.
The team at the Haggar Foundation is most interested in continuing with some projects with the women and we would like to bring some of the young entrepreneur groups to speak with the team in the coming two weeks to give them some innovation and hope for the future... We believe this must come from the Sudanese, not from the outsiders...
|Amjed (from Mayo) and Mohammed Issa (from Malam project) lay bags on the sweep of the dome|
|Exams are over and Dr. Ahmed has a chance to visit with Djo|
in the dome
|Aerial view end of week ten (eight weeks of actual work on the dome)|