Timeline of Progress
Concept and design of village with local architects and planners
Fundraising campaign and search for ideal village site initiated. Construction manager identified.
Land identified and first 95 acres purchased. Goal to purchase additional adjacent 500 acres when funding allows.
Site preparation begins with road created and clearing of land to start site map. First two wells are successfully hand-drilled by volunteers, providing drinking water.
Continued work on the site to prepare for construction. First brick structure built for pit latrine. Several crops planted. Existing corn field harvested. Nearly 70 pounds of coffee harvested from existing coffee trees, subsequently roasted and packaged for sale. Also harvested cantaloupe, cabbage, and fruit from several trees.
Four large canvas tents installed for housing of volunteers and construction workers.
Purchased a brick-making machine to assist with creation of uniform interlocking brick for masonry construction of all of the buildings.
First few families moved to the new village property in temporary tent housing.
Several animals purchased, including 15 chickens, 2 pigs, milk goats, and 4 turkeys.
Construction supervisor moved to the village property to oversee construction project. Additional drilling of wells started. Bricks constructed with brick machine.
Brick shelter constructed to serve as a gathering place and temporary worship house. Large 2-room storage facility constructed. New seasonal crops planted. One additional family moved to village site. Several children placed in nearby schools with funding provided through existing Kids Inspiring Kids donors.
Once funding allows, the goal is to purchase the adjacent 75 acres of land that has lakefront access. Then, goal is to start construction of individual dwellings and other village buildings.