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Michael Jackson once said, "There is nothing that can't be done if we raise our voice as one" and his faithful are proving his statement true as fans across the world continue to build Everland Children's Home in the beloved star's memory.
In less than 11 months, Michael Jackson fans and friends from 27 different countries across the world have raised all the money for the groundbreaking project that is Everland, built in the star's memory and through his example and inspiration. Everland will house no less than 50 otherwise homeless and/or desititute children from a slum district on the outskirts of Monrovia, Liberia.
The following pictures show the incredible work that's been accomplished by builders who have been working through Africa's rainy season to ensure that the children have a place they can call 'home' by Christmas 2012. As the building work progresses, MJL are currently collecting funds for beds, mattresses, a generator and other interior items that will be needed before Everland can be fully functional.
ABOVE: the arrival of the first bricks as Africa's rainy season is in full swing. Building work began on 21st June 2012. Just one day later, thanks to generous donations from fans across the globe, the entire building was fully funded. This was achieved in less than eleven months and is testimony to how much a dedicated few - less than 170 fans - have given to ensure Michael's legacy of love continues in a forgotten part of the world.
ABOVE: The beginnings of the boy's toilet and shower room, and (right) the girl's toilet and shower room. On June 25th, three years since Michael Jackson's life here was cut short, contractors defied torrential rain and continued to build, singing Michael's songs as they worked, in memory of and as a tribute to the humanitarian artist who inspired the project.
ABOVE: Part of girl's toilet and shower rooms, and (right) elevation of wall to boy's toilet and shower rooms.
ABOVE: Half of wall of one of the 30-ft wide and long dorms, and (right) part of the boy's dorm, girl's dorm and matron's room.
ABOVE: By the beginning of July 2012, the dedicated and hard-working contractors had managed to build the walls to roof level, in spite of the rain.
ABOVE: By 12th July 2012, the roof is on! The builders are using zinc which is known to be a very hard-wearing and resilient material, particularly for roofs. Money is now being transferred for the latter part of the building work including the windows, doors, all ceiling and floor finishes, plastering, plumbing and electrics.