A selection of photos bellow detailing the weeks activities. An active week of completing all the external brickwork walls and trips to the saw mill to prepare all the softwood architraves and beading for the windows and doors. We’ve had all the windows measured up now so once all the beading is in place and walls plastered we can have this fitted. Also some photos of mushrooms at the end which seem to be in season at the moment, there’s plenty in the market and I keep getting offered enormous specimens walking around town and campus!
Our temporary shelter built back in October has now become a central social scene around the site. The day watch women have fully moved in, chatting and socialising all day (intermixed with napping!) and cooking their nsima.
Our site chefs Chimango and Banda take over on the fire
Nsima and Oespia for lunch for the day watch-woman
…and the same for us
Starting the base wall for the external screen to the waiting area
Mr Kalua and Morton helping me with the ladder whilst inspecting the roofing sheets after heavy rains
Wezi, our plumber getting to work threading all the steel water pipe work for first fix hot/cold water installation. SSB walls complete on the West elevation
View out of a clinician’s room on the south. We have tried to balance privacy with view and daylighting. The rooms on the south are however a little on the shady side due to the pitch of the roof, but privacy is still deemed as more important.
In contrast, the high levels of daylighting in the clinician’s room on the north elevation thanks to the high level windows and skywards pitched roof
View through the clinician’s and treatment rooms with our full frame doors and plywood over-panels (the over-panels are well insulated using SSB’s)
Further view into the corner of the main clinician’s room
View in similar room on the opposite corner
Same room looking west – we will benefit from doubled sided ventilation to all corner rooms
View from the proposed HIV testing room
Completed external walls and framing on the north elevation
Completed walls and windows on the west elevation
Walls completed to the south and a temporary shelter we have erected to begin forming the manhole to the south
South west corner complete
South east corner brickwork complete. The timber on the khonde is part of the batch of 50x150mm pressure treated/kiln dried timber we will prepare and use for the external doors
Walls finished on the east elevation, facing the new waiting area
Temporary shelter no.3. I always enjoyed making these types of shelters out of beach towels on shade-less beaches on holidays when I was younger!
Morton starts work on the man and bellow ground drainage runs
….whilst Yotam and Chimango move forwards with the internal wall for the waiting area bench
Wezi working on first fix mechanical. First fix electrical now complete, as seen.
Mushroom season at market!
My guesthouse day guard: Queen Phiri and her friend collecting mushrooms on campus (the smaller variety)
Queen Phiri helping me prepare a fire this week-end during power cuts