Right after dinner we got to be the house parents for all the younger kids. We split up into 3 groups and made paper airplanes. After that we got them involved with the zip line on the playground. The older girls helped us get a little […]
Today (Saturday) was a wonderful day. Most people are feeling 100%. It was a day of rest and sightseeing in the morning, and in the afternoon the soccer ball was brought into the mix. We all were just playing around in the beginning, having a few laughs before dinner finally getting to devote our time to the children. During dinner Luke did some hard recruiting at the kids table relying on Luis and Florencio to round up the troops. Right after dinner it was straight to the court to get it started. We had teams of about 7 players but it was always changing, each team picking up and losing players occasionally. The game went on for an hour and a half or so, my team coming back from a 8-5 deficient, to make the game all tied up. We all decided next goal wins because all of us were running out of energy. Of course end the end it doesn’t matter who wins or looses as long as we can all come together. The kids were so enthusiastic about just being out running around with all of us, sharing sweat and laughter. It is amazing to see how truly happy these kids are what what little they are given. All it takes for love and joy to be abundant is a slab of concrete, two goals with no nets, a ball, and the strive to live. Its hard to describe in words the joy these children truly poses. It really can make you think and take a look at your own life ant see what you too should be truly great full for. We take so much for granite everyday without even knowing it…. There are things that we cannot see with our eyes but we can see with our heart and soul. The desire and hearts of these kids explains this to all of us more than words can describe.
– Kelly O
Today we had a little bit more complicated painting project, that of painting a roof. The roof of the visitors center was made of a strange fiberboard composite material that had to be sealed first, then painted red to match the roofs on the other site buildings.
The roof of this older building didn’t appear sturdy, as the sheets of material spanned 10 feet between steel supports. So, we used 1×12 planks to walk on, with a team of two to move the boards ahead of the sprayer.
Our suspicions were confirmed as at one point I broke through a section of roof and stuck my foot through the drywall below (insert jokes about Loren’s weight here). One of the site staff was dispatched to the hardware store to buy some roofing material, while Vince and Randy repaired the drywall in the room below.
Patching the hole set us back a bit, and the hot sun up on that roof wore us out. We got the roof sealed and about half painted, but then a thunderstorm roared in about 4:00. We could see it coming so we hustled to get our gear off the roof. Fortunately the roof was repaired as it rained hard. We should be able to wrap up the painting part of the job in a couple of hours.
Most of the group continued the same type of projects and tasks. Painting, sewing, upholstery, dishes, etc. The big event for the day unfolded slowly: the children began arriving after their school vacation. So the decibels of children’s chatter at meals increased dramatically and the […]