New Eco-Dome Signals Changes for Local Village

KARABTI  SAN, Djibouti (May 22, 2012) - U.S. service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and local villagers work on the final stages of the eco-dome here May 22. The project is part of an ongoing effort between CJTF-HOA, villagers, non-government organizations and international organizations over the past several months to provide a community building for Karabti San, a remote village in the Tadjourah region of Djibouti. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya) CJTF-HOA Photo KARABTI SAN, Djibouti (May 22, 2012) - U.S. service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and local villagers work on the final stages of the eco-dome here May 22. The project is part of an ongoing effort between CJTF-HOA, villagers, non-government organizations and international organizations over the past several months to provide a community building for Karabti San, a remote village in the Tadjourah region of Djibouti. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya)
KARABTI SAN, Djibouti (May 22, 2012) - U.S. Army Cpl. Kwami Koto (left) and Capt. Justin Lev, Civil Affairs Team 4902 members, Combined Joint Task Force  †Horn of Africa, inspect the interior of the eco-dome here May 22. Most of the building was constructed by the people of Karabti San. The CAT members would stop by the check on the progress of the villagers' efforts and offer assistance as requested. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya) CJTF-HOA Photo KARABTI SAN, Djibouti (May 22, 2012) - U.S. Army Cpl. Kwami Koto (left) and Capt. Justin Lev, Civil Affairs Team 4902 members, Combined Joint Task Force †Horn of Africa, inspect the interior of the eco-dome here May 22. Most of the building was constructed by the people of Karabti San. The CAT members would stop by the check on the progress of the villagers' efforts and offer assistance as requested. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya)
KARABTI  SAN, Djibouti (May 22, 2012) - U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Shane Banks, 257th Engineer Team well drilling non-commissioned officer in charge, works on the window mounts for the eco-dome here May 22. The eco-dome is to serve as a central point in the community and the structure is slated for use as a school or clinic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya) CJTF-HOA Photo KARABTI SAN, Djibouti (May 22, 2012) - U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Shane Banks, 257th Engineer Team well drilling non-commissioned officer in charge, works on the window mounts for the eco-dome here May 22. The eco-dome is to serve as a central point in the community and the structure is slated for use as a school or clinic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya)
KARABTI  SAN, Djibouti (May 22, 2012) - U.S. service members shovel dirt for transportation to the eco-dome here May 22. Most of the building has been constructed by the people of Karabti San. U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team members would stop by the check on the progress of the villagers' efforts and offer assistance as requested. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya) CJTF-HOA Photo KARABTI SAN, Djibouti (May 22, 2012) - U.S. service members shovel dirt for transportation to the eco-dome here May 22. Most of the building has been constructed by the people of Karabti San. U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team members would stop by the check on the progress of the villagers' efforts and offer assistance as requested. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya)
KARABTI  SAN, Djibouti (May 23, 2012) - U.S. service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa open a bag of concrete during construction of the eco-dome here May 23. The dome consists of cement, barbed wire, and dirt from the local area. Workers mixed the cement with dirt and water, put the mixture in donated burlap-like bags, and placed barbed wire on top of each bag to grip it in place while the mixture hardened. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya) CJTF-HOA Photo KARABTI SAN, Djibouti (May 23, 2012) - U.S. service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa open a bag of concrete during construction of the eco-dome here May 23. The dome consists of cement, barbed wire, and dirt from the local area. Workers mixed the cement with dirt and water, put the mixture in donated burlap-like bags, and placed barbed wire on top of each bag to grip it in place while the mixture hardened. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya)
KARABTI  SAN, Djibouti (May 23, 2012) - U.S. Army Cpl. Kwami Koto,Civil Affairs Team 4902, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, pours water into a mixture of dirt and concrete during construction of the eco-dome here May 23. The workers mixed the cement with dirt and water, put the mixture in donated burlap-like bags, and placed barbed wire on top of each bag to grip it in place while the mixture hardened. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya) CJTF-HOA Photo KARABTI SAN, Djibouti (May 23, 2012) - U.S. Army Cpl. Kwami Koto,Civil Affairs Team 4902, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, pours water into a mixture of dirt and concrete during construction of the eco-dome here May 23. The workers mixed the cement with dirt and water, put the mixture in donated burlap-like bags, and placed barbed wire on top of each bag to grip it in place while the mixture hardened. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya)
KARABTI SAN, Djibouti (May 23, 2012) - U.S. service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force  †Horn of Africa mix water, dirt and concrete during construction of the eco-dome here May 23. The workers put the mixture in donated burlap-like bags and placed barbed wire on top of each bag to grip it in place while the mixture hardened. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya) CJTF-HOA Photo KARABTI SAN, Djibouti (May 23, 2012) - U.S. service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force †Horn of Africa mix water, dirt and concrete during construction of the eco-dome here May 23. The workers put the mixture in donated burlap-like bags and placed barbed wire on top of each bag to grip it in place while the mixture hardened. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya)
KARABTI  SAN, Djibouti (May 23, 2012) -A Local villager tosses upa bucket filled with a mixture of dirt, cement and water to each other during construction of the Eco Dome here May 23. Most of the building has been constructed by the people of Karabti San. U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team 4902 members would stop by to check on the progress of the villagers' efforts and offer assistance as requested. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya) CJTF-HOA Photo KARABTI SAN, Djibouti (May 23, 2012) -A Local villager tosses upa bucket filled with a mixture of dirt, cement and water to each other during construction of the Eco Dome here May 23. Most of the building has been constructed by the people of Karabti San. U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team 4902 members would stop by to check on the progress of the villagers' efforts and offer assistance as requested. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya)
KARABTI  SAN, Djibouti (May 23, 2012) - U.S. Army Capt. Justin Lev, Civil Affairs Team 4902 team chief, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa,  holds a bag for a villager to fill with a mixture of dirt, concrete and water during construction of the eco-dome here May 23. The workers put the mixture in donated burlap-like bags and placed barbed wire on top of each bag to grip it in place while the mixture hardened. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya) CJTF-HOA Photo KARABTI SAN, Djibouti (May 23, 2012) - U.S. Army Capt. Justin Lev, Civil Affairs Team 4902 team chief, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, holds a bag for a villager to fill with a mixture of dirt, concrete and water during construction of the eco-dome here May 23. The workers put the mixture in donated burlap-like bags and placed barbed wire on top of each bag to grip it in place while the mixture hardened. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya)
KARABTI  SAN, Djibouti (May 23, 2012) - U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Shane Banks, 257th Engineer Team well drilling non-commissioned officer in charge, works on the window mounts for the eco-dome here May 23. The eco-dome is intended to serve as a central point in the community and is slated for use as a school or clinic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya) CJTF-HOA Photo KARABTI SAN, Djibouti (May 23, 2012) - U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Shane Banks, 257th Engineer Team well drilling non-commissioned officer in charge, works on the window mounts for the eco-dome here May 23. The eco-dome is intended to serve as a central point in the community and is slated for use as a school or clinic. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya)
KARABTI  SAN, Djibouti (May 23, 2012) -Local villagers cover the eco-dome in a stucco mixture here May 23. Civil Affairs Team 4902, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa assisted the villagers in building the  eco-dome which is intended to serve as a central point in the community and is slated for use as a school or clinic. (CJTF-HOA courtesy photo) CJTF-HOA Photo KARABTI SAN, Djibouti (May 23, 2012) -Local villagers cover the eco-dome in a stucco mixture here May 23. Civil Affairs Team 4902, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa assisted the villagers in building the eco-dome which is intended to serve as a central point in the community and is slated for use as a school or clinic. (CJTF-HOA courtesy photo)
KARABTI  SAN, Djibouti, May 23, 2012-Local villagers work on the final stage of building the eco-dome here May 23. Through the duration of the project, most of the building has been performed by the people of Karabti San. U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team 4902 members would stop by to check on the progress of the villagers' efforts and offer assistance as requested. (CJTF-HOA courtesy photo) CJTF-HOA Photo KARABTI SAN, Djibouti, May 23, 2012-Local villagers work on the final stage of building the eco-dome here May 23. Through the duration of the project, most of the building has been performed by the people of Karabti San. U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team 4902 members would stop by to check on the progress of the villagers' efforts and offer assistance as requested. (CJTF-HOA courtesy photo)

U.S. service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa joined with local villagers on the final stages of construction for a new structure here May 22-24.

The project is part of an ongoing effort among CJTF-HOA, local villagers, non-government organizations and international organizations over the past several months to provide Karatbti San, a remote village in the Tadjourah region of Djibouti, with a community building?the eco-dome.

"The intended purpose of the eco-dome is to be a central point in the community," said U.S. Army Sgt. Walter Ellison, U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team 4902 team sergeant, 490th Civil Affairs Battalion. "We hope it will be used as a school or clinic."

Hamoudu, a Karabti San villager, said that he is working on the dome because he wants to do good things for his society. "If we use it as a school or clinic, either one will be perfect for us," he said.

Villagers like Hamoudu have been working on the project since the first team came to the village last year and proposed building it.

Most of the building has been performed by the people of Karabti San, said Ellison. The CAT 4902 members would stop by to check on the progress of the villagers' effort in building the dome in their community.

Several months into construction, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Shane Banks, well drilling noncommissioned officer in charge of 257th Engineer Team, and his team members lent their construction expertise to CAT 4902 and the Djiboutian people for this project.

Banks said seeing progress of the team and the Djiboutians has been exciting because when he and his team first started, the structure was a little over waist-height.

"We are glad to see it come to the end," said Banks.

"You can see a sense of pride in the community," said U.S. Army Capt. Justin Lev, CAT 4902 team chief. When the team travels with the villagers to gather dirt for the construction, the workers wave to their neighbors as if to say "look at us, we are going to continue working on the dome," he said. "That's one of the greatest things?seeing the villagers' pride."

The eco-dome consists of cement, barbed wire, and dirt from the local area, said Lev. The workers mixed the cement with dirt and water, put the mixture in donated burlap-like bags, and placed barbed wire on top of each bag to grip it in place while the mixture hardens. The team and villagers repeated the process in a spiral until they had a 600 square-foot structure that stands more than 20 feet high. Once complete, the dome will have a large room, a smaller room for an office and living quarters on the second story. The bags will then be removed from the hardened concrete and covered with stucco, finishing the outside of the eco-dome.

The purpose of using these fairly available materials is to build something that the community can build themselves, said Lev.

This structure not only signals the prospect of a clinic or school, it serves as a catalyst for more modern upgrades for the village.

Lev said that local Djiboutian government officials will try to bring electricity to the village once the eco-dome is completed.

Working on this project has been fantastic, said Banks. "It's nice to get out and interact with villagers, here and be pursuing a worthwhile project."

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