Under Construction

As we hurtle towards the end of the year, there remain a couple of video projects Peter hopes to complete before our time in Niger ends. One of those is a profile of the new conference center at Maza Tsaye in Maradi.

Part of that project involves ongoing work to erect a new wall, marking out the boundary of the site. When the original farm school was founded at Maza Tsaye, it was well out of the town boundaries. But the intervening years have seen the city envelop it on all sides, so the wall should help protect the multiple projects and research farms based across the site.

Every week, the construction crew and site workers have been meeting to hang out, snack and share. So it was the perfect time to turn up and get some footage of the ongoing work.

Workers gather in the shade for morning tea.

A. reads during a short Bible study.

Once we were finished, it was straight back to work. The wall building team have been working at a furious pace over the past few weeks, and are already half way along the 400m stretch of wall that is currently under construction.

A brand new stretch of wall.

Hard at work in the late morning sun.

Another project happening out at Maza Tsaye is the planned construction of a new school at the front of the property. The vision is to build blocks for all age groups, starting with the youngest in the new year.

The site of the new school.


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2 thoughts on “Under Construction

  1. Gordon Osborne on said:

    My early memories of Maradi were of my father, David Osborne (SIM) building a church in Maradi with mud bricks. My quest to seek out the places that haunt my heart and memories has led me to your blog. After my mother passed away, Dr Long wrote me about how my father had taken him to Galmi where he was to establish a new mission station. According to Dr. Long, my Dad said that someday Galmi would be an oaisis.Dr. Long said he could not see how anything could grow in that arid world. Not long after, I’m told, they dug a well, found water and Galmi became what it is today, hospital , schook and churches throughout the region. My parents did not live to see the fruits of their labor in God’s vinyard. Yet, their legacy is your legacy as you nurture the fruit of their labor. God bless you and keep you.


    • Gordon,

      It’s fantastic to hear from you; the fruit of your family’s labours have been evident all around us as we’ve been here. Some time ago I read some stories which John Ockers had put on paper about SIM in Niger in the twentieth century. Needless to say your father is one of several men who made a wealth of possibilities real. It’s been a real privilege for us to walk a little in their footsteps. Thank you for taking the time to write.

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