First week of our bike work shop.

22 Jul

Hey folks,

Firstly internet is scarce here in Katima and not to mention very slow, but I will try to keep you all updated.

All is going well with the project, the first week is complete. The 5 local guys that are being trained as mechanics are a good laugh, and it has been good working with Paulina the BEN, Namibia trainer, we are both learning things.

It’s pretty cool seeing the container that we packed back in Melbourne, and it is quite funny seeing all the bikes with the local Melbourne bike shop stickers on them. There will be 3 more weeks of training/fixing the bikes up. Then Michael the founder of BEN, Namibia will be up in Katima to put the guys through the 2 week small business training. The work shop will be up and running in the second week of the small business training.

Already there has been a lot of interest from the local community as to when they can start buying bikes. There is certainly a need for bikes here. Things now seem normal here and we have slipped into the African way of life where there isn’t a strong push to get things done quickly. You just embrace it. It makes you realise how easy we have it. For example we wanted to drill the truing stand into the work bench. But after two days they couldn’t track down a drill so a chisel (actually it was a ring spanner that had been grinded down) and hammer were used to make the holes. I’ve seen many examples of African ingenuity here.

OK, best be off as have to go and buy a mattress as we have finally got out of our tent and are renting a room woop woop. Ciao. Here are some more photos from the first week.

Doing a stock take of the bikes.

Melbourne what up!

There’s a kindergarten in the compound where our sea container is. Always heaps of smiling kids running around.

Class time.

The best class room in the world.


7 Responses to “First week of our bike work shop.”

  1. Pauline July 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    Love love the pictures…what a wonderful thing you are both doing…and another big whoop for the room and a mattress! love you both Mama Pauline

    • Hap July 23, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

      thanks ma! yes, the mattress was a must (we did in fact consider sleeping on our camping mats!). we are feeling quite at home and getting into a nice routine here of getting up early, working on hap’s book and then being at the bike workshop. i’m helping with lunch mostly, but might do more bike stuff next week. also popping into the preschool nearby and teaching the kids colors and shapes. love you xoxo mandy

  2. Geoff July 23, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    Hey Hap

    Must have been a great feeling of satisfaction unpacking those bikes.
    You have both done a great thing.


    • Hap July 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

      indeed it was a great feeling to see a container we packed in melbourne and be here to unpack it. been going well, getting the bikes into selling condition, one by one. hope you feeling better. nbl hap

  3. sis July 23, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Nice work guys….looking great! X

    • Hap July 23, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

      cheers sis hope melbourne going well x

  4. Dawn Axelson July 24, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    I hope I can show the students these pictures when we go back to school. They will want to see what their money went to. Love all the updates… you both are amazing…. be proud of what you are doing!
    Dawn 🙂

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