Construction for the Grade 1, 2, & 3 building continues to progress. Here is an excerpt from the blog of Jean Selles, the Grade 2 teacher: "We have begun the third year of The Esther School. Inside each classroom there are children busily engaged in the process of learning. But outside there is constant work going on as well. The men are working on the construction of the next set of classrooms. The work began before most of us left in June. The site had been laid out, the stakes driven into the rocky soil. No bulldozers came or cement mixers pulled into the site. Everything has been accomplished by hand with shovels, picks, and wheelbarrows. Every morning the wheelbarrows and tools exit the sea container between 6:00-7:00 am and are returned between 16:00-17:00 hours. During that time more work has been completed. The men have worked to level the site, moving the unneeded soil to piles which are sifted by parent volunteers to extract the finer soil which will be used to make the bricks for each of the classrooms. The remaining rocks are loaded into the wheelbarrows and moved down the slope to prepare a site for the next set of classrooms to be built in the coming years. Slowly the trenches are being dug and concrete is mixed by hand, placed in the trenches and left to harden into the next set of footings ready for the bricks that will come when all the footings have all been poured for the set of three classrooms."
This week, the workers have begun laying down the bricks for the classrooms. God willing, the walls and roof will be complete within the next few months, and the cement floor will be poured in February. We are thankful for the hard work these men give every day!
- The continued construction of the new building
- Extra strength as we enter hot season and temperatures begin to rise
- That sponsors will be found for the students still needing them