Workin’ Wednesday

Today, we all grabbed an early start to eat breakfast and see the morning ocean before heading out to the school to get started playi–uhh-hem, I mean working!

Once we arrived at the school this morning, we started working very hard on our skills with sand soccer. The kids wanted to play a game of sand soccer (the calf and glute workout is intense,) so of course we got right on it! We had our own coach and cheer squad, which quickly got disheartened when we all saw how good the kids were. I think the final score was something around 7-1? Almost just like the Germany vs Brazil World Cup game!

Soon after our stunning defeat, we got busy working. We finished up weathering the roof for the soon-to-be toilet house, and we even had the foundation dug out by lunch time! After lunch we started to make progress on digging out the septic tank for the toilets, as well as adding some of the poles that will support the frame of the house once we have laid the cement foundation and put up the walls. And last of all, we also finished up repainting the office building! It took some stretching for everyone to reach the roof to paint the top, but we did it!

As you can tell, we’ve made some massive progress in just our first 2 days of helping here! Frans and I are pretty excited to see what all we can get done before it’s time to go. We’re planning extra!

Tonight everyone is kicking back and relaxing, getting a good night’s sleep, and making sure we enjoy the beautiful braai that Frans is getting cooked up for us!

Keep up with us for more posts in the future! Hopefully we won’t have any more issues with the wifi, but keep in mind that we are in a third-world country! I’m not sure what got posted last night in terms of photos, so I’m going to post as many as I can while I can! Hope you enjoy!

-Casey

P.S.
A quick and deeply meaningful note from Kiki:
“Kiki is Casey’s favourite volunteer ever because she works the hardest and looks the best while doing it OH YEAH. Also Dan, Jess and I made the best sandwiches EVERRRRRRRR4LUNCHHHHHHHHH #lunch, hamburger emoji. Also, the nature here is such amaze. Also, hi mom and dad and brother. Also, bye.”

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The sunset from our accommodation!

The sunset from our accommodation!

Found a Dallas Cowboys fan!

Found a Dallas Cowboys fan!

TJ makin a run for it!

TJ makin a run for it!

Rufus is quite the teacher.

Rufus is quite the teacher.

Cai was getting the kids ready for a selfie. They loved it!

Cai was getting the kids ready for a selfie. They loved it!

Jess decided to take on digging the septic tank by herself, which is almost as deep as her!

Jess decided to take on digging the septic tank by herself, which is almost as deep as her!

Anna and Hannah helping to move some of the foundation poles

Anna and Hannah helping to move some of the foundation poles

RoLLeR cOaStEr!

RoLLeR cOaStEr!

I found a massive dung beetle. It was big.

I found a massive dung beetle. It was big.

Bernie playing jump rope with a root he pulled up! It was massive.

Bernie playing jump rope with a root he pulled up! It was massive.

All the girls making their best "generic stock photo model" faces for paint. I'd buy it.

All the girls making their best “generic stock photo model” faces for paint. I’d buy it.

Soccer match! We lost...bad. :(

Soccer match! We lost…bad. 🙁

Tuesday's sunset from the beach.

Tuesday’s sunset from the beach.

Group photo at the bay! It's so beautiful and the surf is always great!

Group photo at the bay! It’s so beautiful and the surf is always great!

The new "photo wall" behind the office.

The new “photo wall” behind the office.

Kiki getting some assistance in her trash pickup.

Kiki getting some assistance in her trash pickup.

Ebony and TJ are 2stronk.

Ebony and TJ are 2stronk.

Rachel loves bags of rubbish?

Rachel loves bags of rubbish?

Lookin tough...ish.

Lookin tough…ish.

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Steph making sure to always do her part!

Steph making sure to always do her part!

Hannah and a girl from her rubbish cleanup group!

Hannah and a girl from her rubbish cleanup group!

Candace works hard! Floridians CAN be cool.

Candace works hard! Floridians CAN be cool.

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Dan and Momma Paige.

Dan and Momma Paige.

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They're ready for us!

They’re ready for us!

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