|Narda cooking in the current kitchen|
The Dulce Nombre parish is constructing a building with the kitchen and dining room on the first floor and a large meeting room on the second floor. The walls of the first floor are done and today the ceiling (which will be the floor of the second story)is being poured.
It is literally being poured – 12 centimeters of concrete. The terraza (ceiling/floor) has been prepared by placing wood planks supported by poles (in this case of bamboo). Above these rebar has been positioned. Cement is being poured around the bars on top of the wood. They will use about 200 bags of cement (at about 158 lempiras/ $8.30 per bag) – about $1,660. The rebar cost about $2,500. Then there are the costs of sand and gravel, as well as the wood and the bamboo poles. It’s quite costly.
Volunteers lower the cost of the project; otherwise the parish would have to pay for workers. More than fifty men from the parish arrived, some coming as early as 4 am. Four are albaniles, master workmen. There are also five women volunteering with preparing meals. The work of these volunteers can be valued monetarily at more than $500. Also, many of them came paying their own transport to the parish center!
Now there’s commitment.
The terraza has to be poured and prepared in one day. Then it will sit for at least two weeks on the wood and bamboo pole supports. The poles can be removed at that time but the terraza needs a whole month to really cure well.
I dropped by to watch, to take photos, and to provide moral support. I knew most of the workers and so it was great to be able to give them a little moral support.
Here are some photos:
|Bamboo poles support the wood for the ceiling|
|Re bar above the wood|
|carrying cement to the upper floor|
|Carrying the cement to the re bar|
|Pouring cement around the re bar|
|smoothing the concrete|
|the building is below and beside the soccer field|
|working on stairs to the second floor as well|
This project is being financed by the monetary donations of members of the parish of Dulce Nombre, their volunteer work, funding from Adveniat (a German Catholic aid agency), and donations from St. Thomas Aquinas Church and Catholic Student Center.
More funding will be needed to finish the second floor as well as to build more facilities for housing parishioners when they come to the parish center for training sessions.
I have updated many photos of the work in a set on flickr: here.