Outside Benches for Gwegwesha Day Care Center

Our next project at Gwegwesha was to build outside benches near the playground area that would allow the teachers to sit and watch the children while they were playing in the playground area. These were the only tools we used.  Notice:  no power tools.   370 We began by using a pickaxe to break the ground and make holes for the poles.

Next, we used a hand saw to cut the poles.

We placed the poles into the holes. 367 Next we shoveled the dirt back into the hole and stamped it around the pole. 269   Next we used the hand saw to cut down and tailor the poles.


After constructing the poles, we added the planks for the seat of the bench.

Here is one of the two benches we made. 161   And to show you how strong it is, here we all are sitting on one of the benches! 158   That was the end of our week.


When we returned for our second week, we tarnished the benches. 211   Now the teachers were able to use the benches, while the children played in the play area. 554   Not only were the teachers able to use the benches, so were the children and US!