We are delighted to share these work-in-progress images, the latest in development from our new campus in Khajuraho, India. Work is well under way on a new two-story building that can accommodate up to 40 people for programs and retreats.
As with the other buildings, this new building is being constructed with the highest-quality local materials, Western technical specifications, and will include hot and cold running water and solar-powered electricity.
As you can see from these pictures, the construction site is very simple—work is done by hand, on-site, and is labor intensive. Modern methods of building, large equipment, and well-paved roads are sadly lacking in this part of the world. Thus, raw materials, such as rebar, are dropped off on campus and must be formed by hand, before being placed in the foundation; cement is mixed in small batches and is carried by the bucket-load to be poured precisely in place, minimizing waste and increasing local employment.
It is amazing to watch the construction site—workers often come from long distances and must bring their children with them. There are even some families that live on-site while their work contract is in effect, allowing them to save on commute time and ensuring a way to keep a close eye on their children.