January 24, 2014

Day 4: Water and Coconuts

Kitchener HANDS Team:

The team had a later start today.  We had pancakes and fruit for breakfast.  The yellow van transported us through the Dominican traffic to our work site.  The spare tire fell of the back when we were navigating a treacherous mud road.  The car beside us got stuck and our driver's son stayed to help them.  Also due to the intense rain last night there were two inches of water in the second floor where we had to work.  So Lucas, the foreman, and Jose hacked a drainage hole out of which the workers herded water with brooms.  We did much of the same work as yesterday - passing buckets of concrete from person to person along the ground, then a Dominican worker pulling them up on a hook to the second floor.  From there some team members would pass the buckets up to whoever was pouring the concrete. The empty buckets were thrown down into a tractor tire covered in cement bags for cushioning.

The Dominican workers have been busy upstairs preparing the plywood molds for the horizontal beams.  They work much harder and longer than we do but they are payed 500 to 700 pesos a day, which is about $13 to $18.  The weather today is similar to yesterday.  The temperature is about the same, and just near the end of our work day it rained a little bit.  I cannot tell the difference between temperatures here.  Victor says that nobody here checks the weather forecast, only sometimes in the rainy season.

Pete and Leah worked on installing the basketball net in the morning.  A few kids shot some baskets, but their break was just ended.  During our lunchbreak some of the workers were playing.  Victor surprised us all by making some long shots.

Another interesting thing today was that Pete and Leah and Victor went out to get some coconuts.  Victor prodded the tree with a stick and some came down, bending a furniture makers tin roof and nearly hitting some men working on plaster construction.  Lucas used a machete to get the outsides off and we had a taste of fresh coconuts and coconut water.

We had a dinner of fried chicken, rice with beans and mashed potatoes.  Afterward we had a lively discussion about how skeptical or gracious Christians should be towards homeless people, knowing that many people are illegitimate.  It was inspired by our devotions of the question Jesus' disciples made about whether it was the parents fault or the mans fault that he was born blind.  We sang three songs and said a prayer together.  The team thanks all of our readers for their engouraging comments and for your prayers.  And by the way, I forgot to say before: the guitar did indeed come.  It has been very useful for our singing time.  Now Dad can sleep at night.

Comments:

Mary-Joyce
Jan 24, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Enjoying your blog and pictures. Have a safe and restful weekend off. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures. Blessings to all of you.

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