Monday, April 14, 2014

A Door Story

Doors are kind of important. You can open them to let friends in, or close them to keep strangers out. For the mechanics shop in Mozambique, doors are a good way of keeping expensive tools and equipment from "walking away," if you know what I mean.

On my recent trip to Africa, one of my main goals was to build three large doors for the mechanics shop. Tome and I gave it our best shot, but by the last day of my visit, only one door was hung. With just a steel frame and some hinges, it didn't even seem like a real door. Anybody could climb right through.

Tome and I talked things over. I asked if he would be able to finish the other doors after I was gone. 
He was silent for a moment. Then he said, "Yes, I see how it's done. Now I can build the rest."
So here it is, one month later, and from what I can see in the latest photos, Tome's been doing exactly what he said he could do. Pretty nice looking doors, if you ask me.
Finishing Door #3 - big enough to drive a backhoe through...
Prosper and Tome, putting the metal cladding on the doors
Of course, it reminds me one more time that this is what Mercy Tech Mission is all about - not doing the work ourselves, but showing others how to do it instead. Teaching a skill that will carry on long after we're gone.


  1. such amazing work being done here!

  2. Thanks, Carla! Yes, it's pretty amazing to see how far it's come in such a short time.

  3. Rick .... you are a technical superman! Sooooooo glad to have you involved in Mozambique. Your legacy will outlive you (and me) - thanks for caring .... and DOING!