When looking at the ambitious building plans for Project Somos Children’s Village, it is somewhat overwhelming as project manager, to engineer a plan to construct everything in the coming years. But, alas, there is hope!
We are fortunate in our efforts to have family groups and school groups of willing volunteers, who arrive ready to do anything necessary to assist us move the Somos vision ahead. There is always a lot of labour needed – building eco-brick walls in a volunteer dormitory, mixing soil for the earthbags, putting bamboo fence posts in place, helping Nico and Dora in the kitchen, planting trees and working in the garden. The task list is almost endless…
We are equally fortunate to have individual volunteers who arrive to offer their particular professional skills. They usually stay longer than the groups and provide Project Somos with important assistance in the carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work of construction. The most recent volunteers, Alf King, Derek Emmerson and David Hoban, also did capacity building with our workers, enabling them to become more skilled in their future tasks.
Without our volunteers Project Somos would not be where it is today. They have enabled us to move ahead in our construction at a pace that is impressive to all who visit. In three years we have completed two family homes, a Community Hall, an adventure playground, an organic orchard of 200 trees and the staff housing. In the next few months we will complete a dormitory for volunteers and a library. This is not to mention the extensive infrastructure that was required as well.
So here is a toast to all the willing and compassionate volunteers that have assisted Project Somos over the past years. May you receive one hundred fold what you have given in your service here.