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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  1. donat July 31, 2010 at 6:38 am #

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

  2. les May 21, 2010 at 1:20 am #

    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

  3. Ruth December 9, 2009 at 5:27 pm #

    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.

  4. matthew December 1, 2009 at 12:06 pm #

    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

  5. Sara December 1, 2009 at 7:39 am #

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

  6. Christine November 22, 2009 at 12:21 pm #

    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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