Construction Projects for June 2015 Mission Trip Approved

Construction Projects for June 2015 Mission Trip Approved
By Julius Ariail
Posted December 11, 2014

The Rt. Rev. Julio C. Holguín, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic, has approved two construction projects for our mission trip in June 2015: the renovation of an existing house on the grounds of the Episcopal school at the Campamento Monte de la Transfiguración to serve as a day care center for the school, and the construction of a new concrete-block house to replace an existing wooden structure for a family in the village of El Pedregal. As we did in June 2014, we will be partnering with the Diocese of Nebraska’s Youth Mission Team to complete both projects. The team sponsored by Christ Church (Valdosta) will be in the Dominican Republic from June 15-22, 2015, and the Nebraska team will be there from June 22-29, 2015. Bishop Holguín has also approved a third project, the creation of a dedicated media projection room in the large dormitory at the Campamento, that will be completed by the Nebraska team.

Interested in joining the 2015 team? Check out the detailed trip information here.

To see more photographs of our 2015 construction projects as well as before-and-after photographs of our 2014 projects, click here. To see photographs of our 2014 mission team in El Pedregal, click here. To see photographs of the 2014 Nebraska Youth Team in El Pedregal, click here.

On the right: the building to be renovated to be a day care center. Currently the Episcopal school building houses the day care groups, but Padre Álvaro would like to have a separate building for the little children so they can have their own space away from the larger children. Click this image to see more photographs of our 2015 projects, plus before-and-after photographs of our 2014 projects.

Padre Álvaro in one of the interior rooms in the building to be renovated to be a day care center. The walls of the existing structure are sound and will be retained. The major construction work will be to raise the floor about three feet to prevent flooding, then to extend the existing walls by three or four feet, and finally put on new roof beams and metal sheeting. Click this image to see more photographs of our 2015 projects, plus before-and-after photographs of our 2014 projects.

The existing wooden house that will be replaced by a house made of concrete blocks. Click this image to see more photographs of our 2015 projects, plus before-and-after photographs of our 2014 projects.

On the left: Julius Ariail, a member of Christ Church, who visited El Pedregal in November 2014 to check out possible projects for our 2015 trip. Also in this photograph: the father and two sons of the family who currently live in the wooden house, and Padre Álvaro, the vicar of the local Episcopal congregation. Altagracia, the mother of this family, is a cook in the Campamento kitchen and will move into the new house with her family once it is completed. Click this image to see more photographs of our 2015 projects, plus before-and-after photographs of our 2014 projects.