January 21, 2014

First day of work

Kitchener HANDS Team:

This morning the team got up for our breakfast at 7:30.  Afterwards we received information about COCREF schools that are with the one we will be working on.  Today our work would involve pouring concrete columns.  We were driven to the site - past skinned goats hanging for sale, houses made of corrugated metal and plastic.  The school is located within a neighbourhood, closer to homes than I had expected.  After a short tour of the school and the construction site, some of the men started to help the workers there mix concrete.  There were piles of dirt and gravel which were mixed with concrete powder and water to get a mix more watery than what most Canadians would expect.

A train of people was formed to transport the small buckets of concrete to the column.  The foreman of the construction site pulled the buckets up to the second storey with a hooked piece of rebar.  We passed the buckets down and Harley poured them in.  Peter Douwes would make a scaffold out of wood and blocks for the pourer to stand on.  Victor, our translator and host, kept giving us breaks.  I guess he did not want to work us too hard.

For lunch we were served mashed potatoes, smoked pork and cooked carrots and a local vegetable called tayota.  Those filling columns counted approximately 76 buckets were needed to fill a column with concrete.  At the end of the day we had filled seven columns.  We travelled home, stopping at a grocery store where some members of the team exchanged their American money for Pesos.  Showers and some down time before dinner which was french fries, fried chicken, rice with beans and mixed vegetables.  At the end of our devotions we sang some songs.  I looked at the stars and Chris found out which way was north.  Pete went out to buy some ice cream.


Janessa, Raymond and Deborah
Jan 21, 2014 at 9:09 pm

It looks nice and warm where you are! It sounds like the food you are eating is not as different as you may have suspected. We look forward for hearing from you again!

Jan 21, 2014 at 9:55 pm

Great to get updates and see pictures of your work. Blessings to all of you. Looking forward to more pictures and stories. Thanks for blogging.

Jan 22, 2014 at 6:04 am

Good Morning team. Thanks for posting the photos, it's so nice to see the work site and you all working in t-shirts and shorts! FYI: It's -24 (-32 with wind chill) this morning here in Kitchener, a slight difference in temperature! May our LORD bless each of you in HIS work.

Jan 22, 2014 at 11:27 am

Thanks for posting, great to see the progress being made there, have a great week.

Jan 22, 2014 at 11:33 am

It looks like you are hard at work! We pray for safety for you this week and that each of you and your local co-workers are blest by all you see and do.

Jan 22, 2014 at 3:41 pm

May God bless all your efforts there. Go team go!

Jan 22, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Thinking about you and keeping you in our prayers.

Jan 24, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Great to see you folks in shorts and tees, because here its very cold! Br........ What a a lot of work your getting accomplished. Enjoy the children, lots of smiling faces!

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