How to turn the Pit into the holding tanks

The people of Alavanyo Agome have now started to line the pit that will form the base of the community latrine. Ladies carry water from a supply 200m away and sand from a stockpile 400m away. Using the smashed up rocks excavated from the pit, sand, cement and water the men mix the concrete by hand. Masons supplied by the village development committee then get to work. The first task is to get a level base. Getting this correct is vital for the strength of the whole construction. Because they are working directly on bed rock they do not need to dig foundations. The cement blocks that were made last year have cured and are really strong, but heavy!

All of this labour is provided by the village as their contribution to their community toilet.

Sand and water being carried to the site
It’s always amazing to watch the accuracy of pouring the water into the drum

This sand seems to be defying gravity.

Concrete mixing by hand. Hard work.
The blocks made last year are now going to make the walls of the holding tanks.
Getting the level correct

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Collecting all the wonderful Library Books from Accra.

Clemence got up at 1.00 am to start the journey to get the books donated by Book Aid International from the Ghana Library Authority in Accra.
After some difficulties surrounding getting funds transfered to him in Accra and packing up the vehicle they set off for Alavanyo finally reaching it late into the night.
They unloaded the 84 boxes of books and stored them in the library we have renovated for the Alavanyo community.

Loading up the minibus at Accra.
Arriving at Alavanyo and moving the boxes into the library.
Stacked ready for sorting and stamping.

The next week a very willing group of students set too and stamped all of the books with both the Book Aid International stamp. They sorted ghe books and those for the Alavanyo Community Library were given their stamp. They reboxed the others so they could be transported to the community library in Tafe Atome.

Sorting.
Stamping.
Teachers and students reading the books at Alavanyo Community Library .

Why books? Well they don’t need any batteries, data, or internet connection. We are extremely grateful to Book Aid for this donation and to Clemence for all of his hard work to get them to the communities. To help us reach more people through providing opportunities to read and learn please donate today

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