March 12, 2012

Day Five

Guido HANDS Team:

It was back to the school site at 8 am today and all hands were on deck.

 By about 7 pm last night Thomas had fully recovered and maintained a 45 minute debate about paralysis during REM sleep at bedtime which was evidence that he had recovered from "running at the the back" as our friend Billy called it.  

Today all the materials we needed were on site so we broke up into 2 teams.  Half of the team built rebar columns using the bended rebar rectangles that Brendan and Will had crafted on Friday.  This involved positioning the rebar very carefully and then wiring together all the joints.  By days end the goal had been reached.  The other team was busy working on the second level of the wing forming for a concrete ceiling/floor pour.  Hot work but a good challenge for the team and they were up to it.  In between Billy entertained us all with Spanish lessons, and lively banter, and once in a while helped bridge a communication gap.

 By 430 pm we left the site and headed back.  There were a few red shoulders and backs and Mallory seemed a little whipped by the sun...nothing a good siesta wouldn't cure.  Devos are at 8 tonite then maybe a team game of some sort and then off to bed because the alarm rings at 630 am. We have only 2 more work days left to accomplish our building goals as Thursday is a cultural day when we will visit schools and interact with/entertain the kids.  

Wishing everyone a good night back home from the team.

 Day 5 reporter, Rick (Hi Denise :))


Mar 12, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Hello HANDS team in DR, IF your group gets a chance can you post some pics of the building you are working on...we were there last Feb 2010 working on the opposite bldg. and I have heard lots is being done on the site of the old part..p.s. say HI to Billy from Momma DAM..thanks and enjoy your time there in the DR..its a wonderful experience to be a part of....

Rick and Michelle
Mar 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm

So glad to hear Thomas is back in fine form. Work hard and have fun

Mar 12, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Hi back Rick! Sounds like our Tom is back. Good to hear. Thanks for the update and the pics. Miss you all.

mike and Emma
Mar 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Well, it was a unanimous "awww" from the VanderVelde houshold while seeing Evan with the little ones. Miss you lots Evan.

Glad Tom's feeling better.

To the day 5 reporter: hope your doing well too. :)

Andrew and Marie
Mar 12, 2012 at 9:43 pm

great pictures!! Thanks Rick :)

Mar 12, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Hello! So glad to hear that you feel very productive! Did Mallory not warn you that she needs lots of sleep?? :-)

Hope you feel better tomorrow Mallory.

Mar 13, 2012 at 12:07 am

AHHH Have so much fun out there, everyone.. go on lots of rooftops, make a ton of memories

All the best to you all

Love you Mals

Mar 14, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Hello Hilda,

Sorry for the delay, but if you would like to see pictures, we have posted them up all over the blog. There are a bunch on 'Day Seven' but I don't know how many of the old school there are. I hope it helps!

Thanks for your encouragement, and yes, you are completely right, a wonderful experience :)

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