The work on Berefet’s newest and only library is almost complete. We received the money from FROGS and started work before I left for Senegal. Upon my return, the mason work was completed! The project went extremely well, with receipts and all money accounted for. There are horror stories of working with Gambian contractors and village workers to complete building projects and I was extremely happy that it went so well. FROGS executive director, Sally Reader, came out to see the work on Thursday and she was very pleased too. The teachers and students made several signs and held them up for her and her husband upon their arrival. They all chanted ‘welcome, welcome’ and it was a lot of fun for everyone.
The next phase will be to replace the roofing, paint, build shelves and desks, and buy large mats to put on the floor. And then my real work will begin of managing, and teaching a Gambian how to manage a small library. And thanks again to those who have sent or are sending us books! They are often the best ones the school has, and people here really do enjoy looking at / reading them. And know that people here do enjoy your gifts and your generosity is appreciated.
Fixing the House
Mason work completed, its Nice!
Taking the books out of the closets
Waiting for Sally outside the gate
Eating Mac n Cheese
Biggest pot of Ramen noodles I've ever seen
She liked it.