The second week of work was fully loaded. First, we began with pouring the foundations. We got to work early on Monday morning and hit the ground running and were fortunate to have the help of local women and men. While some of the volunteers were busy preparing the concrete with water, cement, sand and aggregate, others were pouring the foundations with the help of a human chain. Volunteers assisted local women in transporting heavy buckets of water to feed into the concrete mixer.
After a very hot day, the labourers began laying the blocks up to finished floor level. Once the blocks were done, we began back filling. Thursday, all the volunteers and local labour back filled and leveled, ready for compacting.
Finally on Friday, all fourteen volunteers were invited to spend the day in Longido, in the heart of Maasailand. This was a wonderful experience that gave volunteers a glimpse into the daily lives of the girls before they joined the MGSS. We left from the MWEDO office in the morning, squeezing fourteen into an eleven person car! Arriving an hour later, a group of Maasai women welcomed us with a traditional song and dance. One of the women described a typical day for a Maasai woman and a Maasai man. Afterwards, the woman's husband let us visit his boma, passing by the houses and the troops of goats cared for by each of his five wives. At the end, we were giving a special meal including goat meat and boiled potatoes.
Taking a break from the site offered us a memorable cultural experience and allowed us to see where the MWEDO students came from before they entered the school.
MWEDO Girls Secondary School 2012
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