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Progress on the House of Grace

By June 2, 2019 July 1st, 2019 No Comments

We’re excited to show you the progress on the House of Grace!

Preparations for building began a few weeks before Easter, 2019 with truck loads of fill being added to the site. The House of Grace will be located on the East side of the school, near our palapa and our upper division classrooms, offering excellent views over the lagoon towards Mara Laguna (formerly Reef Village).

Mr. Freddy, our school maintenance and construction manager, along with a crew of local builders sunk the foundation posts. We were now ready for our first construction team to get to work!  Volunteers from St Michael’s Episcopal Church in Raleigh, North Carolina did a huge amount of work over the first week of the Easter Holidays, adding the floor and walls.

Once the floor was in place, it was time for the walls. These were assembled on the floor and raised as a whole piece. It was wonderful to have our palapa as a shaded prep and cutting space in the hot weather!

What incredible progress in a week! During the second week, 2 members of the St Michael’s team stayed on to continue building alongside our own Mr. Freddy and few local day laborers. One of these team members was Jonathan Stafford of Stafford Construction, to whom we are incredibly grateful for his expertise and generous donation of time, tools, talent and energy.  The other team member to stay was John McHenry, who has lead many teams and is the man who helped with our solar project.

An incredible amount of work over the second week saw the walls get finished, the roof go up and the front and side decking added.

Mr. Jonathan Stafford and Mr. Freddy. Mr. John McHenry is pictured below.

After the team left work continued for several weeks as Mr. Freddy and his local laborer’s put in a beautiful hardwood floor. This was painstaking and fiddly work, but the results were worth it!

In mid June, an experienced team from All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, Texas returned to help on the house – and many other projects. First they wrapped the house, and roofed the back side.

Next it was time for siding – and doesn’t the wood look beautiful!

Worked continued the following week with a youth team from Christ Church in Raleigh, North Carolina