Building Mama Leyeyo’s House

Our project was to build a house for our friend Leyeyo’s mother in Africa.  We raised the money ourselves by donations to our online video and selling African art and jewelry.

 

IMG_0714Here is a picture of Mama Leyeyo’s original house in Longido, Tanzania. She lived in a traditional Maasai house called a Boma made of sticks, tarps, straw and mud.

 

 

 

 

IMG_0723We first built a water tank made of cement and brick on top of a cement foundation.  It was used for holding water for the cement mixing, and it was made to collect rain water from the roof with rain gutters.

 

 

 

 

IMG_0699Then dug two feet in the ground to build the rock and cement foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

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We used the foundation to build the brick walls.  The house was designed to have two rooms, two windows, and a door.

 

 

 

 

IMG_0761When the walls were built the roof was next.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_1258The roof was made with a wooden frame, and sheet metal on top.

 

 

 

 

 

 
IMG_1347Before we left we coated the entire outside of the house with cement.  The inside was coated with cement and plaster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We did not entirely finish the house on our stay but we were ensured that it would be completed with a paint job, a bathroom, and furniture by our associate Paul who arrived a week before we left Africa.