The lost day – “we’re almost there!”

Hey guys it seems the second last days blog didn’t post 🙁 here it it!!

Today was a productive day! At the first crèche we finished building all the blocks that would be needed for the next group to build the structure of the soup kitchen. We also mixed a whole heap more cement to finish putting down the floor. It was a terrific group effort and everyone was done by lunch time…efficient indeed! But what to do after lunch?

Now I couldn’t have any slacking off could I? So don’t worry, I had the balcony of the soup kitchen at the second crèche that needed a concrete floor too! So it was back to mixing and pouring concrete 🙂 Everyone was thrilled! Haha Also happening at the second crèche was the race track. We had to bury half the tyres back in the ground. Luckily it had rained the night before and the soil was a little softer. Once buried halfway in, making the outline of the track, the fun stuff started…painting them!! We went for the colour scheme of red, orange and yellow with white sides. It’s starting to look absolutely awesome! Importantly the toilet block was also all finished minus the roof, which the next group will fit.

Every task I have set these guys they have smashed it and them some. They couldn’t have worked any harder and getting extra things done was the cherry on the cake. Tomorrow there will only be a tiny bit of work finishing the slab and painting the remaining tyres. Then it’s time to have a party with the kids and bring out any donations the volunteers may have.

This evening was also an unforgettable one. Our cook Busi (who everyone adores) had the night off cooking and instead was being taken out to dinner by the volunteers. It was the volunteers idea to take Busi, Richard and Zamani (our guide and drivers for the two weeks) and Nqobile (our Zulu teacher) to dinner and thank them for their help and efforts as well. It was a special moment for me seeing this bond that had been formed between the locals and the volunteers. Everybody has their heart in just the right place and everybody at home should be proud of their loved one, both for the physically hard work they put in and also for their compassion, energy, personalities and huge hearts. It was a great dinner and a lovely evening at a local restaurant 🙂

Tomorrow everyone had decided to see the sunrise on the beach…that’s a voluntary 4am wake up…we shall see who makes it!

Until tomorrow
~ Jess

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