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Plants

The trees have arrived!

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We held a workshop with the children where we asked them to bring some plants to school. Then we planted the plants for the project togetger with the children.

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The First Roof Structure is in Place!

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Nearly all of the floors are finished. We hired four construction workers to help us. It turned out that only one of them was actually a construction worker, but they were all very helpful anyways. They are fast and efficient, and easy to work with despite the lack of a common language.

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This is the last week of the project, so we have a lot to finish. The children were also keen to help.

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Construction

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Finally the material from the wood shop has arrived at the site.

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Some of the children helped us carry the material in place.

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This is the site where we will build our little village of pavilions.
But what is Bjørnar doing on the roof?

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Maybe he is trying to keep an eye out for our new neighbors?

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Construction of the first frames has begun!

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The first framework is standing!

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Several pavilions soon went up!

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Assembling the frameworks was a quite fast job. But in the background, some of us kept being distracted by a certain blue wall and the machinery behind it.

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Better forget about the big orange machine and focus on the details.

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Everything needs to be precise.

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Before long a veritable forest of framework had grown into place.

Unforeseen

The day before we expected to receive our construction materials from the wood shop, we arrived at the site only to see that part of it was gone. They had just tore down part of the wall.

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Apparently there will be another construction project going on at our original site. And it will be built right away.

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We will just have to do our project and then see what happens as we go.

Textiles

Just down the road we found a great little tailor. They will help us to produce the screens.

First we needed to find the right material.

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The tailor is located a down the road in the little Buyi village.

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Hanna and Johanne are in charge of the production of the screens. They cut out the material while the tailor sew the screens together with a varying number of assistants.

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Wood workshop

This week the group have worked different places. One at the school, and one at a wood factory/carpenter’s. It has been an challenging, yet extraordinary experience to work in a Chinese woodshop with Chinese people that don’t speak english at all. Luckily we have our translator Zhou.

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The factory offered to cut all the material for our pavilions in presise lenght and drill the holes for us, and that saves us a lot of time. Just think how time consuming it is to drill 1056 different holes in different beams. Good Seweryn and Bjørnar know all the sticks going into making all the pavilions so they could show the workers where to drill all the holes.

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Here’s the lovely couple that have cut, planed, drilled and oiled all the materials for us

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All projects need plants, and our project is not an exception. We were lucky enough to use some leftover material in the wood shop to make plant boxes.

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Some of them are pretty big!

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We have ordered some plants and trees, and were also planning on having a plant workshop with the kids at school. All the children are going to bring one plant from home to make them be a part of the project.

 

 

After all the materials were finished, the boss of the factory wanted pictures with us. It started with us, him and his grandchildren…

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… and ended up with an almost hour long photoshoot with all the people working at the factory, including the boss’s wife, his son and daughter-in-law, grandchildren and some children from the village.

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The first week in Puan

We have now started to work with the site. Or we have now started working with another site, since the one we planned to build on, is occupied by a toilet house and a garbage house.

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The plan we had needed to be changed, so we needed to measure the new site, and modify the project. Luckily for us, the modules are quite easy to rearrange in different ways.

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The children are very curious. What are these tall, blonde Norwegians doing?

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For inspiration, some of us went down to have a look at a local pavilion. They didn’t take any photos of the pavilion, because the local women were more interesting.

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Tarjei is always climbing. He’s like a monkey

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Even though we have to work a lot, there’s also room for eating

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and playing with the kids at the school. The goal is to make the children involved in the building of the project.

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In the weekend, we decided to go to a marked in the city center. It contained a lot of weird stuff! You could buy vegetables, meat, household items, souvenirs or go to the barber shop, dentist or hair cutter.

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Can you spot the chicken?

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A lot of old cute people

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And one group wanted to go mountain biking to look at the beautiful landscape. The weather was nice and warm! We had a lot of fun all day, and looked a lot at the beautiful landscape!

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Lovely trip!