Before we got to start our project in Bilene and teach the locals a thing or two.
We needed them to teach us about how they built their structures so that we had a dry place to store the cement we will need for our structures.
They started by marking where the shed will stand and started digging holes as deep as their arms for the main poles that will support the structure.
Once they had secured them, they started strutting them together on both the inside and outside for more stability in preparation for the walls.
They are so experienced with this technique that we were even surprised to see how they straighten out a crooked branch without cutting right through or even breaking it as shown in the last picture above.
They could fill up between the struts and poles with reeds once everything was complete and it is packed tightly and thickly enough for no wind to get through.
The roof and door were secured in place and once the window is in place with a few touches here and there, we will have a perfect storage place for the cement we will use with the help of our volunteers and learners in construction.
Cinder blocks will be made and used to build a permanent training facility for the ladies who are trying to make money with their sewing and embroidery to provide the cement as they are looking forward to having a fixed place to go and learn from.
They also realize that it is something that will always be there once they have learnt what they could but their kids can take advantage of the same opportunities when it is their turn.