Construction Project in Addis: A New Roof


Close to the beginning of our trip, our group took on a real construction challenge- replacing a corrugated metal roof!

The home was that of one of our students and his mother. The roof was no longer sheltering their little one room of 4Ft X 6 Ft
Looked like this!

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We had two graduated wood working students from our SSCM Vocational Training Center along to help us with this task.

The home was in the middle of a set of 4 one room homes… so they all shared a roof.  The crew began the slow process of tearing everything down BUT not disturbing the others.

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There was lots of dust in the air from soot and from the construction.

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Once the roof was off, the crew had to replace the rotten frame boards, so that the new roof has a solid foundation to be nailed to. The only thing that could hold them up were the walls… so this was a precarious position to cross over!

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Slowly the new metal roofing was put under the neighbours, and extended to cover our family’s home!

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This was the job all done – the look from the inside!  The open edge was very important, as they had their open fire cooking area within the room,.. so the smoke can ventilate out this edge.

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When we were finished, we all came together for a small farewell.
We introduced the whole team from Canada, and the family had a chance to thank the group for their help. A really special moment!

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-Deborah Northcott, Expedition Team Leader