Like every other day so far, we were up at 6:30am for a 7am breakfast in the cookhouse. When we woke up, we learned that Erin had gotten sick in the night but luckily she would be okay. She took the morning off and Rachel stayed back at the house with her. I left the worksite a little early to go get Rachel and Erin was doing much better. She would rejoin us that afternoon.
There was a lot more craziness to this morning’s work at the work site since we were shorthanded two people for the first couple hours. We were back at the original work site and began by moving 250 cement blocks. About 10 blocks into the passing it was definitely noticeable that we were shorthanded but we still managed. The days kept getting more challenging in terms of the work because the workspaces were becoming smaller and the details more important. We had to start using scaffolding, though not your typical American style scaffold, because the house was getting taller. Perfecting the details of smoothing cement in nooks and the corners was an experience because a lot of them were in hard to reach places. I helped build the inside wall with Kathryn and Steve. We also had to stain the wood, which would be used as beams to support the roof. It was not the cleanest of projects and one that I had little involvement with but it was indeed another learning experience in this whole process. It was once again a tough morning, so our lunch break was much needed.
The afternoon was one of the best afternoons we experienced. We were feeling so close to some of the kids that they snuck around to the back of the house to watch us work. Esau (age 5) and Dixon (age 5) were two of my favorites, and Kennedy (age 6)—Esau’s friend—was Lizzie’s favorite. It was adorable because they really felt a connection with us and we loved how Esau called Kennedy “Kenny.” We stopped to have a photo shoot with “our boys.” When we resumed work, Anna went to work smoothing the window sill that we had previously built. She almost had a few breakdowns when the professional worker accidentally dropped something on it (twice) causing her to redo her masterpiece. Meanwhile I was working on some wobbly blocks as the 13-year-old boys from the other day were claiming me as their wife. Needless to say it was quite an afternoon and another day was coming to a close.
Lizzie and I holding “our boys.” Kenny is on the left and Esau is on the right.
When we returned to our village we continued interacting with the kids. Kenny and Esau followed us back to our village where we played with them and the children from our village. This was the day that Francis also returned with his woodworking collection so I bought a beautiful bowl. The late afternoon was so busy that I did not get a chance to get washed up until after dinner in the dark. We attempted to wash my hair somewhat with a water bottle and had to get creative but we managed. I had the opportunity to talk with Tom and Beatrice about the possibility of acquiring a hammer mill for the community of Kawama. This was quite interesting as we discussed several different factors such as locations to put it, prices, and how it could benefit this village. Overall it was one of the best days here but sadly one of our last as our time in Kawama was numbered.
One of my favorites, Dixon, striking a pose during our photo shoot.