• No machines

    Well we haven't used machines yet on this project, but I think our co-workers might view JP and I as their own personal cement mixers. We have been mixing cement like mad men, and even though the other guys we work with have been rotating, either by turn or by day, JP and I have remained in the same place....

  • Sledgehammers

    After 10 days, our hands were finally starting to get tougher but we used sledgehammers all day today and new blisters formed underneath the old ones.Break a handle? No need to run to Home Depo as long as you have a machette around!

  • Tadpoles!

    These tadpoles were solid against the entire edge of the concrete pond where the folks at the bio intensive demonstration school grew tilapia (a sweet white fish)
  • Bio Intensive Center

    It was amazing to find Bernard! He had knowledge of medicinal plants, vegetable gardening, animal husbandry and was an expert nursery man. We brought along the whole family so everyone would support each other and remind each other of the knowledge they gained today.
  • Yes! A chain!

    Well today was really fun and exciting. We needed to fill the area where the slab was going to be with rock, in order to create a good surface for the slab to sit on. The best way to accomplish this was to create a chain, Yes! A chain is something I always wanted to do since I was a...

  • Community work day

    Today was a "Community work day" and we accomplished in one day what would usually take two. Community work day meant that friends we had made, plus friends of IPI volunteered their time to help. We finished constructing the 9x9 section of the foundation and began to prepare for the slab to be poured. It was once again difficult as...

  • 9X9

    All day, we carried heavy rocks and laid them in the ditch.  We're exhausted but it's cool to see it take shape.We had a couple of helpers come visit us today. 

  • More mixing

    More concrete mixing today...  As some of us continued to mix and to poor concrete into the trench, others were gathering the 9X9 stones that will go in, after the concrete has set. I think this illustrates fairley well how we were feeling at lunch today.Waiting for our ride at the end of the day.

  • Concrete mixing

    We finally finished digging out the trench for the foundation.  I was very happy to move on to something else until we started mixing the concrete manually... Most of the workers here know English but because of our different accents, it is still a bit hard to communicate with them.  I would say that they are very similar to the...

  • Day 2

    The worst part about today was probably getting out of bed!  We were both extremely sore and our hands are covered with blisters.  After about 20 minutes of shoveling, our bodies loosened up and we were ready for another day of digging.. ..and digging is precisely what we did all day.

  • Day 1

    Well today was our first day of work, and man did we get worked!  Our hands are blistered and bleeding, our backs hurt, our legs hurt...  pretty much our whole bodies hurt.  We began to dig out the foundation for the kitchen and the dining room.  We have to dig 3 to 4 feet deep and as our co-workers keep...

  • Ready for work.

    Michele, Mikey's mom, has been involved with Karambu and International Peace Initiatives for a while now.  They are both in Meru at the moment and helping us with accounting as well as finding the materials we need, hiring workers etc. Today, Michele met with the the local construction company's supervisor to come up with a game plan that suits our...

  • We made it!

    Wow! We have arrived in Meru and what a first day we had! We have included some pictures of the day to try and display just a touch of how it was. The morning started out with a walk around our new surroundings, and as I passed I was definitiley a sight to be seen. The landscape is beautiful, with...

  • On our way to Meru

    The time spent in Quebec with JP was great. I was curious as to how I was going to feel while being there, as I knew it represented the beginning of the adventure we had created with Alpine Initiatives. Upon arrival we talked and talked about AI and where it was heading, how we felt about what was happening.  Realizing...

  • Pretty much ready to go

    Getting ready to head over to Kenya with Mikey.

    First, I would like to thank Iannick for all the efforts he made to get this website online. All the late nights and weekends he put in are greatly appreciated. I also what to thank Jeff and Janine for their help with the editorial content. This very website is the proof that together, we can achieve whatever we set out...