March 25, 2015

Day 5 - Mr. de Greeff

Nanaimo 2015 HANDS Team:

The kids are outside bonding, so I thought I would write an update in their absence:

Another hard morning of work, this time with help... and success at the gas station.  

In the morning mixing cement, we had some help from 4 hired Belizeans.  There was a very big job that had to be done, and this morning we went through 12 bags of concrete mix.  Yesterday we only did 6 all morning.  The Belizeans were very fast and lifted the buckets of concrete up to the forms high up.  We prepared the concrete and kept the 4 men well supplied.

Another story, this time about our van... diesel has been in shortage in the country for some reason, we are told it is because the price is low so people are hoarding it, so now they are rationing everyone to a maximum $50US each.  They write down your license plate so you can only come once a day, and the pump runs out in a few hours.  The number of cars is increasing in Belize as the economy grows from year to year.  I made a trip to the gas station this morning as our van is running low on diesel, and this time they had a little bit of fuel left.  This allowed us to go to Corozal again this afternoon for another swim.  

We also had intended to do some shopping in Corozal, but I am not a good shopper.  Since the kids just follow me around, we didn't find any good shops ;)  We assured everyone that there will be gift shops at Lamanai when we are able to check out the Mayan ruins on Saturday.  I had directions to an ice cream shop that gets their ice cream from the single supplier in Belize: mennonites from Shipyard.  We also ended our unsuccesful shopping trip at the same swim hole from yesterday.  This time we swam for a solid hour.

We have two more days of work, with lots of that time spent playing with the little kids.  Everyone in our group has connected in some way with the little kids.  It is a lot of fun and requires a lot of energy for the group to constantly be sought out by the Belizean children.  Dinner and our evening devotions are the times when we get a break.  

The food has been amazing.  We are treated like kings and queens.  They serve us the best dinners, made by the local women who are part of the church.  I notice everyone in the group eating a lot of food, and a lot of habinro hot sauce.  There may be a few bottles of that in some suitcases when we arrive home.

It's off to bed for another good night sleep.  



Mar 26, 2015 at 9:57 pm

please to hear that you are all staying well. Children are blessings and I am sure the smiles make it all worth it.

You are their blessing by doing this for them. Stay healthy, safe and gassed up. :)' so you can enjoy the other sites when the work is done.

Mar 27, 2015 at 12:54 am

It's so nice to be able to read about your adventures each day. Thank you for the updates.

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