I was aware (but never worried!) that my pension and meager AHV, due to "Mega Gaps", will by far not be enough to spend my last years in Switzerland. We therefore decided to renovate Nancy's
house in Mallam (which we built already in 1997), in the outskirts of Accra. Nancy travelled already in 2011 in order to organize things and as, a first step, replaced the complete roof with
interlocking aluminium sheets. Than I re designed the interior.
We removed all bath-tubes, removed floor tiles, doors and unnecessary walls and windows, in order to make space
for 3 bedrooms with shower / toilet. A dining room, a big living room and a spacious kitchen. The walls around the premise will be
heightened and a new fancy gate installed. On top will be
concertina wire to guard against intruders. Painting the house with TexCoat and flooring is still in progress and is supervised by Nancy, staying 2 weeks longer than I! Also the electrical installations have been re-done.The next
visit is planned in September where we will install the technical stuff: Solar Water heater, 30KW Generator, 7'000l Water Tank, Satellite TV and Internet
, Air Conditioning, Interior paintings and redecoration. Installing a brand new kitchen, among others, is also on the agenda. Hopefully the project will be finished
in June 2013! (my expected retirement)
It's not so easy to direct all these effort from Switzerland. Nancy is doing a very good job in keeping it moving.
Patrick Ansha, Sami and Ashete are doing their best to assist her in Accra and so, step by step, it's taking shape. In Switzerland I
bought a 20 ft. container which we keep for packing and as delivery point, at Wegmüller AG
in Attikon. Mostly via Internet, we
orderd stuff like the kitchen, shower cubicles, bedrooms, living room, laminates for the floor, water pumps, toilet
accessories, lighting and electical fittings... and of course all the tools, nuts and bolts, in order to be able to install the stuff when we travel in September
to Accra! All these purchases where delivered directly to Wegmüller for packing into the container. Generator, air conditioners, solar water heater, razor security wires to secure the perimeter walls and so on will be purchased in Ghana.
Finally all the material has arrived and it looked huge. I had my doubts whether we will be able to get everything into the container. So on 26th 07., early morning
we started the puzzle. After 2.5 hours the Wegmüller men managed to get all in and we will have even a small space left for last minute items. Th container will
be collected on 02.08. and than shipped from Antwerpen. Hope all arrives well. The most difficult task will be to bring it from Tema to the house and unload everything but
this will be another story.