Daniel - Jordan 2019
On March 8, 2019 Daniel Busi left the Praxis office and headed straight for Amman, Jordan. There, he met with his Habitat for Humanity Global Village team and travelled north to begin construction on a new home. The house that Daniel helped build is roughly 850 square feet, has 3 bedrooms, a kitchen, toilet, shower and a customary Jordanian hallway. The recipients of the new home were Ali Mohammed Khalaf, his wife Amal Hassan and their 5 children. Their children ranged in age from 13 to 24, and the custom in Jordan is that the family will welcome the oldest boy’s wife and family to live with them until the adult children are able to move out and live on their own. After the house is complete, ten or more people could be living there.
The typical house in this area is made of cement blocks with a poured concrete floor and a reinforced poured concrete roof. The team that Daniel worked with mixed their own mortar and cement at the site, bent rebar and built the interior and exterior walls with the guidance of the local foreman, Ramadon. In addition to the work at the site, Daniel and the team also visited historic cultural sites and ate dinner with a local family each night at their home to exchange ideas, learn their culture and try home-cooked traditional Jordanian food. It was Daniel’s first trip to the Middle East, but certainly not his last.
To see more from this trip, please see the attached video put together by Dan: Jordan, 2019