Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Grand Designs at Alpha 1


After her visit to Alpha 2, photographer Isla headed to check out the second Kindergarten Alpha 1 are building at Kg Alab.  On arrival she found the group had completed the ground work but they were awaiting the delivery of cement.  No one sits around doing nothing though. The group used the time to furnish their spacious house with hand crafted benches.

With the arrival of cement the group sprung into action.  In a couple of days, with local help, the 16 posts were cemented in and the building started to take shape.

Cement arrived and it was all go
Water levelling
Carrying Belian wood posts

The Grand Design Takes Shape
Sunday marked a day of rest from building. The group soon got stuck in the mud, planting rice as the mist rose above the paddy fields.



Alpha 1 get stuck in
The community are keen to be involved in games of football, swimming, building and learning English.  Hannah has been busy planning a teaching Rota.  Plans for sports day, next Sunday, are well advanced and posters will soon be going up in the village.

Hannah chatting with the neighbours
An Italian  feast was rustled up for Paige's birthday comprising of; garlic bread, risotto, and a variation of banoffe pie.

The last evening was spent at a neighbour's house with a cultural exchange of dancing.  We joined in the bamboo dance (Magunatip) which was traditionally performed to welcome headhunters back from the hunt.  The Scots got all involved in Strip the Willow.  There was disappointment in the English and Dutch contribution with their well known traditional dance the Macarena, although everyone joined in.

Evening Dance Entertainment
The latest news from Alpha 1 is that the first floor construction is underway and floorboards are being laid.

19 comments:

fez said...

Hi Ryan its good to see you.You look very busy love. Akora said you look like bob the builder lol. I got your letter and mum did too Martin and boo said it is a real good letter i love your drawing. Martin has just done the kitchen. Ryan remember to lift right bend your legs cos that cement looks very heavy son. I am so very proud of you sunbeam love you loads mum XXXXXXxxxxxxXXXXXX

Anonymous said...

For Hannah Wijmenga, Alpha 1
Ha Lieve Hannah! WAt fijn je te zien op de blog. Al dagen keken we er naar uit dat eindelijk Alpha 1 zou verschijnen. Ziet er allemaal gemoedelijk uit, leuk dat je bezig bent met lesgeven! Hier druk bezig met voorbereidingen van verjaardagen op 1 nov. Gek dat je er niet bij zult zijn! Iedereen hier volop in het gewone leventje terwijl jij zoveel nieuwe ervaringen opdoet. We hopen dat je er enorm van geniet....omhelsd en XXX mama

Sue and Andrew said...

Hya Fern, lovely to see you on the video!! Heard your chuckle before we saw you. Can't think of any bear jokes but... it was beary good to get your news, it must be beary hard work in the jungle with the sun bearing down on you. We miss you beary much little bear,can't wait to bear more about your adventures (that one doesn't quite work as well!) take care lots of love from mum and dad bear.xx

Laura Heesen said...

voor Hannah Wijmenga, Alpha 1

Lieve kepenk! ik ben er eindelijk achter hoe we je kunnen bereiken weehoo!! heel gek om al die foto's te zien terwijl ik hier in de media zit te leren voor mijn tentamens! Iedereen is hier verder heel druk met studeren en werken enzo en we missen jullie echt! Binnenkort gaan we met zn alle brieven schrijven voor jullie dus die kan je ook verwachten:) ik zal de rest ook even uitleggen hoe je wat achter kan laten op deze blog, dan hoor je ook is wat van ons:P

geniet ervan Hans! xxxxxxxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Andrew (Hartley alpha 1)
Those posts look heavy. I bet you were glad you had been to weight lifting classes!How is the building going. Sounds like you may not be getting your usual amount of food!! Bad luck!
We are now in Kathmandu, Nepal. Very different to India. The traffic is less crazy without the incessant hooting. Our last stay in India was at Varanassi where we witnessed all the Hindu traditions that take place on the Ganges.
Lots of love Mum & Dad xxx

nico wijburg said...

To Nicolien Wijburg, Alpha 1
Prachtige foto's maar hard werken, dat straalt van de foto's af! Is het leuk lesgeven aan de kinderen? Goed om te zien dat je nu ook weet hoe rijst groeit......
Hier toch nog steeds goed weer, wij zitten nu in Friesland; golfen en varen! Niets bijzonders verder, Wij vinden het zo gek dat jij elke dag zes uur eerder op bent, maar ook zes uur eerder slaapt. Dat maken we anders niet mee van je! Geniet van alles rond je heen, het is een unieke ervaring! liefs en kus, Mama en Papa (en veel groeten van Oma, die het fantastisch vond zoveel foto's van je te zien).

Sean said...

Gazza!!!!

Good to see you reppin' the vans trucker like 6000 miles away bro, or however far it is like 8000 or whatever. Anyway, hope you havent been bitten that bad and the food sounds sketch as hell but more power to ya. Steaks at Jamie's Italian are waiting for you when you get back. Its probably hella hot out there too so get some tan. Speaking of which ive been tanning kids on GOW3 in between all the essays. Beast Mode [engage]. Hope you're havin' a blast. I would've called heli-vac on the second day or something. Why do you not have a jungle camo SCAR-H and a ghillie suit? Anyway stay cool buddy.
See Ya round,
Sean

Anonymous said...

Hoi Ruubie, Alles goed met je, leuk om je te zien werken aan het schooltje, een mooie bijdrage aan de samenleving. we zijn erg benieuwd naar al je verhalen en volgen de blogs van raleigh. geniet ervan en dikke kus van ons allemaal we zijn erg trots op je. je vrienden zijn vandaag met de tentamens begonnen een heel ander leventje dan dat jij nu leidt. xx

Annelies Berrevoets said...

Dit is een bericht voor Nicolien Wijburg van Alpha 1.
Hoi Nicolien,

Wat leuk om je zo via het blog te volgen, maar ook de foto´s te zien, zo ben je toch een beetje bij ons.
Hoe heb je het, het is zo te zien hard werken, geeft het je wel voldoening? Ook leuke gezellige mensen waar je een feestje mee kan bouwen hahahah heerlijk ik zie de theeplantage´s etc, heb je die ook al gezien. Toch leuk om zo kennis te maken met dit land. Nicolien zet hem op en een dikke kus van Annelies

Tommy Cs said...

Oli - heard about your leg - Classic!

Hope your having a laugh and getting stuck into the building..

Dad has pretty much told the entire nation your in Borneo..

Give us a call next time you have chance to catch up on the banter yeh

Yeah Buddy! X

gra willis said...

hi ryan willis, its about time you did a bit of graft lad, it,ll help you sleep son. hope your still having a great time, its nice to see all the good things youre all doing for those worse off, and what would you do for a nice bacon sarnie and your big pint mug full of coffee?? only teasing son theres a few cold ones waitin for ya when you get back, keep up the good work x dad.

fez said...

Hi Ryan Alpha 1 Hope you are well son haven't seen any photos of you for a bit. Becks phoned me today to see how you are and say hi. I am sending you a letter just waiting for all the others to wright one to send too. Happy Holloween love.I miss you loads son lone mum XXXXXXX

Sarah Cowling said...

Oli.....sar here! Glad to see your enjoying yourself and you are looking well in the photos :)! Heard about your foot...not ideal. Miss you lots. Everyone is well including the two hounds! Just to update you...went into itv for work experience..amazing! Met David hasselhoff! what a legend. Anyways I will keep posting, but all is well back home.
love you lots xx

mvv92 said...

For Hannah Wijmenga

Hans!!! Hoe gaat t daar in de jungle?!! Ik heb eindelijk ook door hoe ik jullie kan berichten :D
Ik zal je 's wat grappigs vertellen trouwens. Ik zat gewoon rustig een boekje te lezen en ineens gaat m'n nieuwe telefoon ( dezelfde als onze raas) af, dus ik keek even wie me belde, was JIJ het!! Er stond heel groot Hannah in het scherm. Dus ik neem op; HAN!! Hoe gaat t?! Bel je uit de bush? en ik hoorde alleen maar gegrinnik, dus ik dacht, stomme han. Belt ze uit de jungle gaat ze een grapje met me uithalen ofzo. Maar toen vroeg ik; han, ben jij het wel? Want ik dacht misschien is het een van je oerwoudvrinden. En toen zei Emma, nee ik ben Emma. Bleek dus dat Emma je oma wilde bellen, maar om een of andere reden mij belde. En waarom ik dacht dat jij het was is omdat er in mijn schermpje wel een naam staat, maar geen nummer :P
Maar Han, ik mis je en we gaan jullie, zoals lau al zei, binnenkort een brief schrijven :)

xxxxx hou het nog even vol daar!!

luke x said...

Now then oliver!,

I hope things are all going well and that you are not missing me too much. I am hoping you have stopped working out as at one point i was getting worried about you getting bigger than me.

I hope the legs better and you can do some work.....lazy rat!

well make sure you keep us all informed about the banter.

Peace out..yerrrrrrrrrrrrrr buddy"! luke xxx

luke x said...

Now then oliver!,

I hope things are all going well and that you are not missing me too much. I am hoping you have stopped working out as at one point i was getting worried about you getting bigger than me.

I hope the legs better and you can do some work.....lazy rat!

well make sure you keep us all informed about the banter.

Peace out..yerrrrrrrrrrrrrr buddy"! luke xxx

Eric said...

Hi Rowan. Hope you enjoy Alpha 1 - it looks fantastic. Hope you got the letters OK. Sharon sends big hugs as does Lily (and Lily said send a big hug from Deefer as well). Looking forward to hearing your stories when you get back. With lots of love and a firm handshake. Dad xxx

Sue & Peter said...

Hi Andrew (alpha 1)
we are now back home from our adventures. I think they might be quite tame compared with yours! Nick is on the Command course, has been made the person in charge of the group and is obviously loving the responsibility.
Looking forward to seing what your next phase will be. The time seems to be going so quickly.
take care, mind those leeches don't take too much blood!!.
Love M & D

Chloe Sheppard Muir said...

Paige Caldaralo (Alpha 1) From Chloe SM

Paige!! :D xx

My goodness, the things you're doing (with your group) is so exciting!! :) It's great to see you and everyone are stuck in and breezing through a bunch of activies, it look like great fun and good work! I wish it was possible for me to be there too, it seems to be such a rewarding experience :D I think i would fit in just fine, there's great company and the community are so involved i see with sports and english, two things i must say i rather good at ;) (Modest much? ;D) I'm happy to hear they were able to rustle up a Italian meal for your birthday!! Fitting, and i wish i tasted it too :P There was dancing on your last evening?! HA brilliant, the Macarena is a signature dance lol :) Hope your birthday was good, like i said before, i have some awesome presents for you, for when you return! Hope my blog comments and letters have got through! Anywho till next time, cya soon, I look forward to the next set of activites you will be doing :)

Love from Chloe ^^ xx