|Our lady builders pose beside the completed domes - the team loved the 'southwest' look, though it took them awhile to appreciate how to use rocks and stones |
to make a nice garden - the site was full of petrified wood making for great landscaping
|We started the week with a final last town hall meeting to update the team and set out the|
tasks for the week to reach our deadline!!
|Djo talks about what needs to be finished, divides the group into working teams -|
while Sheikh Ahmed (in costume) translates
|Dr. Neimat, Director of the Centre for|
Entrepreneurship at the U of Khrt
braves a visit inside the domes during
the plastering phase
|Saiadin, Amjed, and Rashid become master plasterers!|
|Mujtaba and Abubaker discuss future|
plans while plastering
|Hassan and Lila support |
the arch plastering
|Suliman demonstrates that he is|
a master plasterer
|The team has to learn new techniques|
with the earth building that they are
not used to doing...
|Rashid points to the light in the mezzanine|
|Lila and Doc go to choose some plants with the bit of money left|
|The ladies bring some cuttings from their own gardens to expand the landscaping... |
Lila and Djo do some planting
|Lila has the proven skills to be the designated resident in charge of|
maintaining the beautification of their training center
|Mathias plants the aloe that Ustaz Hooman rescued from the refuse pile next door at|
the beginning of the project... we know the greenery will bloom with the success of the team!
|Babiker stands in the doorway, Architect Mubarak photo-bo_mbs Doc, while Ahmed, Adam, |
and Rashid admire their landscaping and get a chuckle....
|Babiker takes a photo of of the natural paint that Djo taught the team... sample hearts...|
definitely a symbol of the bonds the team formed...
|Triumphal entry into the completed dome for a farewell get together!|
|The team breaks out in a cheer at a surprise electronic visit by Ustaz Hooman - |
engineered by Mathi and his cell phone
|Rihab, Abeer, Lila, and Fatima receive the new padlock to their training center!!|
|Mathi and Djo pose with the lady earth builders|
|The team can't resist climbing to the top... |
may they ever keep climbing upward in their achievements after the project!
|Yes, we know Mubarak likes to pose.... but even more, he is unbelievably proud of their building!|
|The Omdurman buddies - Mujtaba, Mubarak, Abubaker and Adam |
pose with Babiker, Bushara, Suliman and Hassan
|The team poses with Abeer - who has been visiting the site during the final week after breaking her|
ankle a few weeks earlier...
|The 'boys' can't resist some last minute joking around... Djo douses Rashid with the water for|
|Mathi, Ahmed Abdulrahman, Adam, Mubarak, Abubaker, Djo, Babiker, Ahmed Ali, Amjed, Hassan, |
Lila, Rihab, Ahmed Abubaker, and Saifadin
|The guys toss Mathi in the air after succeeding with Djo below|
Djo was traveling in Nepal during the 2015 earthquake, and immediately rolled up his sleeves and started volunteering with relief distribution. He returned to Belgium, raised some funds, and traveled to Nepal the following year, and volunteered with architect Adam Chalupski building a school with earth bags.
He decided he would return to Belgium, gather some of his friends like Mathi and Aaron; and start a group on Facebook to bring funds and builders back to Nepal to build earth quake resistant buildings for the communities.
While some people fervently believe in God and are very religious, God fervently believes in great human beings like Djo and Mathi who might not be religious, but who selflessly volunteer their time and money to help better humanity and bring relief to victims of poverty and earthquakes. Djo will be going back to Belgium to work for a few months, host some more fund raisers, and then attend an earth-building workshop to learn some new techniques before resuming their work in Nepal. Mathi will be taking a break with his significant other for a few months, also helping to raise funds with Djo before returning to Nepal. We cannot thank them enough for their tireless contribution to the team and the community of Mayo!!!
|The guys toss Djo in the air as a final hurrah!! Djo is the creator of 'For A Purpose'|
|The SHPDO gang at the OK Corral: Ahmed Abubaker (AKA Big Red), and Abubaker Omer|
|Abdlrazeg - our resident councilman|
brings his friend, the former
governor of North Darfur
Hamad Ismael Hamad, to visit
our newly completed dome, we
were most honored!!
|Bushara loves taking selfies... well, so |
does the whole team,
Babiker, Big Red and Adam
all participating in final shots!!
|Djo teases Abeer about tossing her|
into the air with her cast...
|Hassan poses with the landscaping!|
beautiful in the evening shadows!
|Rashid and Mubarak finishing up by the door! posing while Mathi is digging!|
|"V' is for ...........|
Saturday we have a Nile cruise to honor the team...