Wow wow wow we made so much dern progress today!! The routine continued with breakfast at 7 and leaving at 8. We drove out to the two crèches and got into the work straight away once again. We needed more people at the new crèche this time because there was so much happening there!
At the old crèche, they worked on painting the poles around the playground and making tons and tons of bricks. They made so many bricks, that we seriously lost count. I think we finally have enough to finish the rest of the soup kitchen! After the walls are done, we need to plaster the inside and outside and then the roof. It is looking so good though! It’s amazing how far the building has come in only two weeks of work with two different groups. I bet it’ll be finished by the time the programs finish this season! Mia, Arin, Madi, Kelly, Tarin and Gabby killed the work today over there!!
At the new crèche, we finally got to get started on the projects we’ve been waiting for. One small group of two helped do plastering once more and another group helped finish the toilet block next to the classroom. The plastering looks really easy because he just throws the cement onto the wall, but it is much more skilled than that. Arin, Sasha and Laura got to take a whack at it today. They found that it is actually pretty difficult to get the stuff to stick and to do it as quickly as the local professional builders do. I think we all found a new appreciation for construction workers.
Meanwhile, a group of six started on the asfault ground of the tire track. I don’t even know how many piles of cement they mixed, but it was a bunch. Thinking that it would at least cover a fourth of the track, they were surprised to find out how much was actually needed to finish. For working all day, they made about two meters worth of asphalt, but it was definitely impressive! Not only did they have to mix cement with the normal sand, cement powder and water but they also had to add some gravel into it too. It’s heavy and difficult enough mixing without the gravel, but adding that in made it really tough work. They mixed and shuttled the asphalt all day. I was amazed at how dedicated they were to completing as much as possible today. They are all legends in my book. The stars of the squad included Karan, Ricky, Morgan, Arin, Grace and Taylor.
Another group of five were with me building a pyramid of tires. We’ve spent loads of time painting them pretty colors, so it was great finally being able to put them all together into a mold. We had to strategically place them into a circle with similar sized tires all around the base. Then, we filled the edges with sand to hold them in place. After that, we had to fill the entire circle of sand up to where the next level was to be placed. It was a ton of sand shoveling! It was also a bit harder than it sounds finding the correct tire for each position. It was like real life tetras but with circular tires! We got up to the third row before we ran out of sand and had to go get more. We made two more sand runs, and were able to fill it up a huge amount so that tomorrow we can put more rows into it securely. It was a massive amount of work. My rockstars today were Jourdan, Abby, Tori, Stacey and Kate. This afternoon getting sand, Colleen, Gabby, Grace and Laura were awesome too! We’re definitely going to finish that tomorrow, and it is going to look so good!! The kids were already starting to play on it today. I think they’re excited for a new toy. 🙂 🙂
Lunch was a success because we fed all the kids soup and bread again. It’s great because some kids in the area come by to get food too who don’t necessarily go to the creche. We enjoy feeding kids in the community because we know sometimes that is going to be their only meal of the day. They are so appreciative for it too.
Also, this afternoon, Kayla and Kate took an artistic approach to the outside sign on the crèche wall. They’re re-doing the writing and making it look beautiful. We even got some more paints so they can finish it up tomorrow and so that we can all write our names.
After a couple days of working hard, I really couldn’t believe how motivated everyone still was today. This group is so nice to work with because they absolutely love every minute of the project. They never complain about anything and they’re all constantly smiling. It doesn’t cease to amaze me. I don’t want to say goodbye to them….
After work, we got some free time for more shopping, showers and some much needed R&R. Dinner is smelling yummy yummy and tonight we went on a little night drive around the town. Often times, we get some bushbabies, crocodiles and hippos roaming around. Sure enough, both cars got to see bushbabies and some crocodiles! One vehicle also came upon a hippo in the street! So exciting!!
Tomorrow is our last day of work, but I know it’s going to be just as productive as the whole week has been!
Tire Pyramid Tara