WMP Assists in Construction of Community Center in Alajeula, Costa Rica
In the summer of 2004, a 16-person team of World Missions Possible volunteers traveled to Costa Rica to help with the construction of a community facility in the town of Alajeula, a city just outside of San Jose. League City United Methodist Church (Texas), with the help of a $1,600 grant from World Missions Possible, sent the mission volunteers to work on this project. The facility serves as a center to educate and train people to become leaders in their churches and communities in Costa Rica. It also serves as a retreat center for congregations throughout Costa Rica and as a staging center for mission teams working in the country. The construction project is a multi-use facility that will include dormitory space, a conference center and a new kitchen.
The team’s work involved digging large, deep six-foot holes for the "footings" to support the load-bearing columns of the new structure. Since the area is in an earthquake zone, this was a critical consideration in the foundation work. CR foundation shows an outline of the building (perimeter of holes/dirt piles). The covered work area in CR footing is where the reinforcement bar is hand-bent into various shapes, which will then be wired together and placed in the holes to reinforce the concrete footings and columns. The team also helped repair and refurbish some of the existing structures.