Laying the Corner Stone

 Amethyst Roth and Euclide Mugisho, two of the founders of the community lay the corner stone to start the building process.

Amethyst Roth and Euclide Mugisho, two of the founders of the community lay the corner stone to start the building process.

The property in Mugunga is buzzing with activity. People are hauling bags of small lava rocks on their backs, others are chiseling rocks to fit into spaces. Men are cutting, bending and shaping steel frames that will reinforce the structure that will become our next classroom. The construction on our first block building began this week. Rally International NCE hired teams of 15 people per week to work. We finished the foundation for the building, including the steel frame reinforcement that will enable the building to have a second story.

Pastor Euclide and Amethyst laid the first stone at a celebration that included sodas and loaves of bread for all the workers. Children were running and playing on the large mounds of sand that were trucked in for mixing cement, despite being told not to-- a huge pile of sand just invites children to play in any part of the world!

Women are working as masons-- mixing cement and helping to build the foundation for this building. The bricks have been delivered this week for the walls and the building will be progressing quickly in order to be ready by the end of summer. It is beautiful to see the community pull together in order to build a classroom. This is a classroom that will contribute to the future of Congo. We are literally laying the building blocks of the future on our land. 

 Members of the Rally International NCE celebrate laying the first stone with bread and soda.

Members of the Rally International NCE celebrate laying the first stone with bread and soda.