February 25, 2014

Slow Start, but Good Day

Parkland HANDS Team:

Had a little unexpected delay this morning when one of the tires blew on our driver's van. After an attempted repair here at the Center, a replacement was acquired at the shop down the road. Things at the jobsite seemed to progress a bit more slowly today, but in the end, the internal walls of the first three rooms were finished. It was another hot afternoon, but the shoveling, sifting, mixing and parging carried on apace. More fun and conversations are happening with the local workers; especially the mezcla-mixers, Henry and Jose, have developed a silly and symbiotic relationship!

Freshly cleaned clothes on the lines, cleansing showers, and a scrumptious supper of 'sancocho' greeted us upon return to the Center at the end of the day. Some of us then took advantage of a lift from local friends Billy, Nicole, and Guido to make another visit to Carrefour, a nearby shopping center, for a few more purchases and treats. A later-than-usual team wrap-up/devotional session following a brief moment of panic when Michele couldn't locate her purse (a quick run to Billy & Nicole's place brought relief when the item was thankfully discovered in the back seat!)

We're looking forward to a half-day at the job tomorrow morning, when we will get the opportunity to see how the school celebrates the country's Independence Day, and then an afternoon at the beach (much to Sarah's excitement!) Thursday we hope to finish up our last work day while the majority of the nation celebrates their national holiday. And Friday morning will likely include visits to one or more other COCREF schools as we make our way towards La Romana and our afternoon flight back to Toronto. A full and exciting week to round out a wonderful visit - we'll keep you posted on how it all progresses. Thank you again for all the love and encouragements - we greatly appreciate your comments! Bendiciones!


Feb 25, 2014 at 11:38 pm

Wow! How fast a week goes by! It looks busy with lots of smiles on faces. Enjoy the beaches tomorrow after all the hard work in the heat. Thanks for all the pictures and updates.

Feb 26, 2014 at 11:54 am

It's great to see the pic's of everyone working on this project. I appreciate the daily updates. Way to go, Andrew!

Feb 26, 2014 at 3:46 pm

I enjoy the updates and photos. Enjoy your afternoon of rest at the beach as you worked hard in that heat. you are all in my prayers...

Feb 26, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Thanks for sharing all the photos, they are great and bring back memories!! I was there with the Westdale team Feb 3-13th, and i miss it so much! We had such an amazing time and i hope you are too. Say hi Jose and all the other workers from me! They were so great to work with. Also, in case you didn't know already, the name of the little boy in the close up photo is Kevin. We spent a lot of time with him. Hope the rest of your trip goes well! :)

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