The desire to learn

Around nine o´clock one evening, the project director found the resident engineer in Matiguas, Nicaragua, explaining to a young mason how steel is placed inside the beams, while he busily took notes. Earlier they had been checking the daily expenses. It seems to be a common practice for them to pass time discussing and theorizing about the “whys” of construction. At times it is a reverse process where the mason explains practical questions to the engineer.

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Javier GilJavier Gil
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In 2005, SofoNic has started a dual education program for masons in Nicaragua, using its house-building programs as a base. Teaming up with the local technical school in Jinotepe they are graduating about ten masons every year since. Most f them have found jobs in construction or have started a business on their own. SofoNic has contracted several of them as master masons in the reconstruction programs in Haiti.