Monday, April 20, 2015

Moving Day for the Sewing School

We drove right past the regular road to the school
Rode on the moto to the new place and not to sure we will get in with the truck.
Peter drove to the previous school building, I noticed the same mountain we see from our yard in Nyagatare.
Driving into the yard to get the first load.
and we are loaded.
The two brave students that came with us on the first load.
And the driveway is cleared
Working at getting the door to open. The fellow is husband to one of our first students Pelagie. Jean Claude has been asking us for a guarding job every time we visited the new site. So today we hired him to guard - he is a happy man!!!
No ceiling in the classroom and no power yet either.
Second load
Waiting for the third load and washing powder, the rooms need cleaning before we put in the furniture.
Third load
The floor is fixed and another outlet in the wall was installed.
Afternoon class waiting for the last load, the biggest one - no picture. We are getting tired.
The fellow on the back is the landlord, known as the Doc in Ryabega. Later I heard that he will pay his workers with food if he can't pay in money and then will let his workers go early so that they can cook the food he gives them for their supper.  Today he brought us a large bag of small bananas for us to share with the class today!!!
They are still working on the building and the grounds, and will be for a few more days/week.
Moved the machines and furniture in.
Washing the doors and windows.
Washing the toilet.
Cleaning out front
Closing the PM Class in prayer in the new classroom!!!
 It is so exciting to be in our new building.
Praising God that all went well.
We are very tired, Peter especially as he was involved in loading and unloading the truck.
Nice to have running water and a large bathtub to soak our weary bodies in!!!
(I know you really wanted to know that)
Makes us realize how human we are,
and the power of God in our lives,
how He carries us and gives us the strength we need
for each hour, each day, each week, each month.
This is going to be a long month for us
but we are looking to God for strength for each day.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New Sewing School Progression

(Sorry, this post is probably more for my documentation than anything.)

Well, we are hoping to move the Sewing School on Monday to this building.
A few things needed to be done before we moved in, 
like securing the grounds, electricity, and access to the toilet (sqautty potty) behind the building.
And a few things will need to be completed after we move in,
but to get the ball rolling we will move in to put the pressure on.
But so far some things have been happening to get it ready!!!
April 3rd pictures:
The front of the 5 stall building, 5th stall has an open front.
The front fence foundation and as of yet no left side fence.
Electrical outlets and lighting need to be installed and hooked up to the power.
The left side fence and the front walk need finishing.
The 5th Stall will have a door install in the back wall so that there is access to the toilet behind the building. It will be where that small white dot is on the back wall about middle on left side of the picture.
Looking through said dot to the back fence of property and seeing the toilet building.
April 8th, the contract was signed and we paid the landlord 3 months advance
for fixing the property up and get it ready to move into
by April 15th, the proposed 'move in' date.

 April 15th pictures:
Forgot to mention the right side fence has to be fixed so that there is no access to adjoining property.
Fence on left side is going up - yeah for progress!
Gate needs to be added between guardhouse on left and fence on right of this picture.
Fence on front and left side is progressing since the 3rd.
Electrical is installed but not hooked up to the village power - I believe.
The hole in the wall for the door to have access to the toilet is started!!!

April 16th pictures:
Progress on the front fence!
On the right side, the opening in the fence still not closed up.
In back of the building, there will need to be a fence to block access to the adjoining property on the left side of the building.
The access door to the toilet from the back of the building, it's coming along!
The fence on the left side of the building getting finished.
The front fence line and the left side fence - there will be a door to the adjoining property - landlord's request.

 April 18th pictures:
Repaired fence wall on right side of building.
The door to the toilet in 5th stall is being finished!
Front walk needs finishing.
Left side fence is coming along to almost completion.
Front fence.
I'm standing on neighbor's property, fence should be about where the shadow runs, corner of building to corner of building, no security there.
Back of building, access door to toilet.
Narrow space to get to toilet doors at back fence wall.
Go around the toilet and you have access to the adjacent property on the right side, no security there.
My version of the property: More for my own documentation.

So we will move in and the guard will control the front of the building.
Each day, starting the 15th of April, rent will be docked for what is not finished.
Seems this is the only way to get things done.
"You need leverage." they say.
So leverage we will give, it's all about money.
Chalking up all this experience for when we are looking for a house in Ryabega,
our next project.

Proverbs 3:5, 6 NKJV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Thank you Lord,
that You will direct my path,
if I acknowledge You, 
and trust in You,
and not in myself.