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A few challenges

28th September 2015 | Posted in Latest News, Nigel's Blog

Working in Sierra Leone is hard to describe.  There are often obstacles to what you want to achieve and no matter how you try to plan or foresee, things happen.  This morning it was pouring with rain, and then we discovered the generator had run out of fuel.  And my computer battery was on low.  Then the internet, that is supposed…

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A site and housing designed

27th September 2015 | Posted in Latest News, Nigel's Blog

As I sit and reflect on a key week in Home Leone’s life, I am excited to see we move forward to the day in November when the first houses will start to be built. After this week with a wonderful team, we have settled on a design for the homes and how they could be laid out on our 20…

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A Plan comes together

25th September 2015 | Posted in Latest News, Nigel's Blog

It’s great when a plan comes together.  This morning we had sketched the 20 acre site out and have a clear plan for what we can do.  Initially there will be 304 homes, which could rise to 350.  The school, football and basketball pitch alongside the community centre and market areas will provide a sense of space. After we surveyed the land it…

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The team is complete as we set out for site

23rd September 2015 | Posted in Latest News, Nigel's Blog

Mark, our architect arrived and the team is complete.  Having visited some of the slums and met some resilient people we turned to the layout of 20 acres of land.  Looking at the house designs, by listening to what people want how do you build for this culture, a community that works.  The trade offs of aspirations and value for…

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Walking the flooded slums

22nd September 2015 | Posted in Latest News, Nigel's Blog

As Gibreal looks into his fathers ruined cinema, the sense of desperation and loss is palpable.  His Dad. Tommy, showed us his house next door that had been flooded to the nearly the roof.  He shared how he had lost his daughter thinking she was dead for 2 days before he found her.  The 800,000 leones (£100) he had spent…

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The site Visit

22nd September 2015 | Posted in Nigel's Blog

So, safely back in Sierra Leone.  The devastation of the floods largely affects people in the slums.  The stories of houses washed away and sometimes with loss of life is just heartbreaking. The team arrived to Katherine’s great preparation and welcome and are ready to survey the site and better understand the context.

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