Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mali Project Progress

There is just about a week before I head off to my project trip in Africa!

Our team had to send our passports to the Gabonese Embassy in DC to get visas into Gabon so we would love your prayers that they come back to us on time. Unlike Uganda who had us toss over a crisp $50 US bill, Gabon requires $200, mailing off the passport, a letter from the ministry stamped and approved by the government in Gabon, proof of a yellow fever vaccination, a two-page application, and more. It will all be worth it if we get there safely and smoothly, though!

Another part of preparation for this trip is to complete my other in-progess projects so that I can focus on these two new ministries. The community center in Mali is coming along great. In the words of the client:

"...let us say how excited we were to look at your plans. They were so much more interesting than the first ones we commissioned. When we got that early version from the local architect we said, 'Oh, this can work.' When we saw these new ones we were like, 'Wow, this is going to be great!''

and

"Wow, Jordan you did an amazing job at taking our comments into consideration 
and making it work. We love it!"

So we are feeling encouraged that this design might be of real benefit to the ministry in Mali! As I mentioned before, our immediate task is to create a conceptual design that can be used for fundraising, and a team from our West Africa office will further develop the drawings once the money is raised.

Here's a peek at what we've been showing them:

I was also walking around the city of Bamako, Mali on Google Maps and found some really great photos that describe the place!



I hope everyone's new year is off to a good start. I'll be updating next from Africa!!