Building Kigali Parents Secondary School.

This collection of photographs is from the building of Kigali Parents Secondary School, in Kigali, Rwanda. Building in the developing word is labor intensive.  It’s rare to see construction equipment and vehicles.  The following images are of concrete being mixed, transported, and poured for the second floor of the school.

Mixing ingredients to make cement for the 2nd floor of Kigali Parents Secondary School.

Mixing cement.

After adding water, the dry ingredients are shoveled into the mixer.

Wet cement is emptied on the ground where it will be put into containers and carried to floor site.

Cement is carried from the mixing site, up the ramp and to the left for emptying into place.


Sometimes containers of cement are carried on the shouldier.

Both men and women do the heavy lifting.

The majority of works carry the cement on their heads.

Walking up the ramp requires strength and balance.

Once up, workers walk on a planks to avoid damaging the reinforcing metal lattice set into the floor.

The same plank paths are used for coming and going on and off the floor.

At the final off load site, Buckets come down and are dumped into place.

Time to empty their load, go back down the ramp, and do it all over again.

In the final phase, the cement is smoothed out and left to dry.


The art of the cement pour at Kigali Parents Secondary School, Rwanda.



The building of Kigali Parents Secondary School is being helped by the Portland, Oregon, non-profit Itafari Foundation.  If you’re interested in helping this effort please visit,

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Adam Bacher
Adam Bacher
When your vision becomes a reality, how will you tell your story? I’m a commercial photographer and photojournalist based in Portland, Oregon, since 1991. I specialize in commercial location photography for businesses. The majority of this work is for architectural, corporate, editorial, and public relations clients, and appears in a variety of print and electronic media. You can view samples online at: Since 2007 I’ve been taking a month each year to devote my time towards humanitarian missions. Three trips have taken me to Rwanda, for a project documenting the countries recovery from the genocide in 1994, which claimed the lives of one-million people in the course of 100 days. Images and stories from the places I visited are featured on my blog site at: This November, I’m going to Haiti for 4 weeks, to help two non-profits working tirelessly to save and rebuild lives following the earthquake in 2010. As well as donating my still and video images, I plan to create a traveling print exhibit, and a multi-media educational presentation to build awareness and remind us of Haiti's needs. If you’re interested in project please see this link: My commercial work makes this humanitarian effort possible. I exhibit and speak nationally, offering a provocative visual and journalistic insight into contemporary Rwanda and the recovery, reconciliation, and reconstruction of the of the country. This message of hope, peace, and diversity, has been enthusiastically received at peace conferences, corporate gatherings, and in public schools. Specialties All aspects of location photography including: Architectural, Corporate, Editorial, People, Public Relations, Travel and Photojournalism. .
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  • donat

    Adom your pictures are more than also give me a sense on how you like our country plz go for it

  • les

    hi adam hows you thanks for the photos i am working in al ain raceway circuit dubai at mo so flat out got loads of help keep the good work up
    thanks les

  • Ruth

    Adam, again your photos and descriptions are so vivid, it gives me a sense of what is happening there. The peoples’ resiliance that is revealed in these stories reaches deep.

  • matthew

    Adam, what you are really doing is showing how much concerned you are about our country . we really believe that people like you have been a force of help to where our people,country and all entries in rwanda have arrived at.we appreciate yo generosity

  • Sara

    awesome photos Adam – thanks for the update! I think you’re heading back to PDX today so I wish you safe travels!

  • Christine

    Adam, once again you have captured the heart and spirit of the Rwandan peoples as they continue in their efforts to rebuild their country. There is a joy and inner strength that comes when we invest in ourselves rather than filling our bellies with entitlements. This is the essence you have captured in your photos. Thank you for sharing.

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