Kinshasha Container becomes Our Office

Driving from Newark to Manhattan we go past open dock yards of thousands of shipping containers.  Similar containers get unloaded in Matadi, D.R. Congo, with the goods of missionaries, humanitarian agencies, international aid organizations and government ministries.  From Matadi they move to Kinshasa by train and sometimes on again by barge into the forest interior.

shipping containers become storage containers
The usual presentation of shipping containers converted into Kinshasa storage. These are right behind my house.

But a fair number get re-cycled in Kinshasa.  Good friend, ex-Peace Corps teacher and 30 year Kinshasa veteran, Wally has recouped four to make into a two story building.  We get the first story as our TL2 office building and have already moved in.

Willy (chef de bureau) entering the kin office
Willy, our ‘Chef de bureau’ and finance manager enters through the front door.

two containers make one floor
Our office is two containers broad and the complete staff is Bibyche, Willy and Michel.

original art in the office
Original Congolese art on the walls, of course.

The second story is not yet claimed and you would have a view of the Congo River! Make it a home or an office and Welcome.


  1. Posted 2009-10-15 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    It looks a lot like the “mobile home” I live in here in the States. Hard to ventilate? I see the AC unit on the side. Plumbing?

  2. Terese Hart
    Posted 2009-10-15 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    Aha — not a bad comparison. Right now plumbing is “0” as the water is turned off. Air conditioning, a must…. But there are other facilities on the parcelle and spirits are high.

  3. Eleanor Hart
    Posted 2009-10-19 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    I love it mama! What a cozy spot. Is Georg allowed inside?
    missing you…

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