Last Thursday was a watershed moment for all of us here at FHH. After months of anticipation, the new clinic in Gatineau now has a roof! The roof was finished last Thursday afternoon after two full days of work by a crew as large as 80 people at times. The process included mixing the concrete in a mixer, shoveling it into dozens of buckets, hauling the buckets up ladders via “bucket brigade”, pouring the concrete in place, and giving the concrete a smooth finish using a straight-edged two-by-four and trowels. Here are some photos from the pour:

Concrete Being Mixed

Hauling Concrete up the Ladder

The Bucket Brigade at Work

Placing Concrete

Smoothing out the Concrete

The Entire Operation

Almost Done…

The Roof is Finished!

While there is still much work to be done before the clinic can be fully functional, pouring the roof was a significant step, as we are now able to continue work inside the clinic, rain or shine. We are thankful that God gave us a couple days without rain to pour the roof (in the middle of rainy season, no less!), and we are thrilled to have a rain-proof clinic.

-Nick Matthews

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