Daniel standing over the beginnings of our second trench hole. While the first tier is still being dug out.
The work began Monday the 23rd and finished two days following a neglected Halloween. After 11 days of 32 people digging, carrying, and sweating in the Ethiopian sun, the three tiers have been completely excavated… by hand. The community worked diligently in highly coordinated teams to excavate the soil needed to properly level the land for the schools foundation. 16 interchanging workers carried 8 barrelas (two person material transporter) for the entire 8 hour work days. The foot powered transporters made upwards of 30 drops an hour (because of the exorbitant cost, and low quality of Ethiopian wheel barrows, barrellas are an economic, and effective substitute) while two teams of 4 diggers, utilizing a variety of pick axes, inverted pitch forks, and hoes, continuously loosened and dug the compacted earth, while two teams of two to three fillers shoveled the earth into the barrelas.
With the pit latrines, drainage ditches, and retaining wall foundations yet dug, there is still plenty of excavating to go. However, with a little rough math, Daniel and I figured that the approximant amount of earth moved to be in the neighborhood of 260 square meters. That’s a sperm whale or so worth of soil. Not bad right.