Our last day of work is complete!! Wow, has it been a packed four days of hard labor! I am so proud of what they have completed this week. Not only have they been the most motivated group in the world, but their positive attitudes are also contagious. We are so happy with the way this week turned out, but we can’t believe how quickly it has gone by!
Today was another early 7am breakfast and then we were off! There was definitely a mixture of feelings going on this morning. There was excitement but there was also sadness knowing it was our last full day there. If our work this week was hard, it pails in comparison to what we all did today. It was like we all had a caffeine IV insert into our arms.
Gabby, Mia, Kelly, Tarin and Maddi went to their lovely crèche this morning and kicked booty on making bricks again. They worked all day mixing cement and molding perfect bricks. The soup kitchen walls are also finished!! Yee haw!! The bricks can now be used for a toilet block and for classroom repairs for the next group! There’s so much to look forward to. Mia and Tarin also spent time using their artistic abilities to paint the fence near the playground. They finished an entire side of the fence. They also got time to play with the kids today, which makes all the work worth it. They are so happy; you’d have to be crazy not to smile while they’re around.
At the new crèche, Kayla and Kate spent a ton of time perfecting the sign they started yesterday. My favorite quote of theirs today, “just put two people with some artistic ability and OCD together, and we’ll get the sign done.” And that they did! They painted all the letters in a beautiful light blue and pink writing. It took a lot of patience and time, but they finally completed it. It looks amazing!!
The others worked so hard on the pyramid and the racetrack. The track took about four loads of mixing cement and rocks together. It was hot and sweaty, but look how far they got!! It’s almost halfway done!! They are seriously my rockstars. I asked so often if they wanted to switch it up or take a break and their response was always, Noooo thanks!” They put the final touches in the track by carving their names in the wet asphalt.
The pyramid took a lot a lot of sand. We went out and got loads and loads of sand to fill it all the way to the top. We filled all the tires, and we pushed and packed the sand together to make them straight until we finally put the final tire at the very top. It was certainly a shining moment putting the last one on and we couldn’t have been happier. We also painted our names on the tires!
It was a perfect way to top off the day. Putting our names down made it all official that we put our mark on those places. The children, the completion of the projects, and the camaraderie we have established within the group has made this trip unforgettable. We have another African braai organized for tonight, and have invited all our construction buddies from the week. Along with Richard and Bertie, our two awesome companions and drivers, it will be a great last night here. Tomorrow we also have a party for the kids before we go back to Durban. My oh my, these two weeks have been too short! I don’t want them to leave!!
Ah well, at least we have a couple more nights to spend together, and you bet we will make the best of them! A few more blogs to go, and thanks for all the comments! We love reading them each morning!
All the best,
Team Leader Tara