The project the Raleigh team arrived in Pozo Azul to build is a community centre. Currently the only communal building is the school, however this is locked by the government teacher and is not available for the community to use.  Building a new community centre was an election pledge of the current president of the development association and they are keen to get this completed before the next elections in August 2011. The association has being persistent in requesting Raleigh’s assistance.

We have 17 days to build from teh ground up.. The building is a part brick, part wooden with concrete floor and foundations, a small raised stage and zinc roof, including toilets and wash facilities at the back of the building.

First task for the team was to clear the land and level it in preparation for digging the foundations.  Clearing the land of tree stumps, vegetation and rocks took up all of the first day, levelling and digging the foundations – days 2 and 3.  A lot of digging, pick axing, raking and moving earth – what felt like back creaking work for the start but no hint of the hard work to come…