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Entered By: Mark
Entry Date: 2013-01-19 15:21:54
Subject: Community Center

Finally making some progress on the community center after drying out a bit following the end of the rainy season. A couple weeks ago we rented the backhoe from our neighbors. They were able to level out the ground and remove the "organic" material from the top. This past week, Carlos and Melissa Urquia brought their YWAM group over to dig out the footers. I am finally ready to plunk down some cash for the materials needed to start. Monday, large rocks (50+ lbs.) will be brought to lay into the footers, the wall foundation of choice in Honduras.

Following this we've secured a good quote on the material to raise the foundation above ground level, something we did not do for our own house and have lamented missing that step with every heavy rain. In our house, the floors are above ground level, but the sidewalks are not, leaving us with a nice moat after each rain. (I like moats as much as the next guy, but we have no bridge.)

After that those steps I'll need to hire an "albanil" (brick and mortar guy) to start the walls. We probably have enough in donations to get the walls completed of the 40' x 60' structure, beyond that, not sure. I hope to put a roof on with the remainder, but that might be a stretch.

We've never encountered a "general contractor" here as most people do that part themselves, if not all the labor.

Happy New Year (my first post this year).

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re: Community Center  by Mrs. Kellie on Monday January 21, 2013

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