Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hump Day in the Batey

Today's blog post is by Jeremy Kinney:

Today was quite a 'hump day' for the team.  Based on the numeration from Tuesday's post, latrine #2 got the concrete floor poured today.  Latrine #1 got most of its wall built, and I wouldn't be surprised if it was finished when we get there tomorrow.  The ground work for the water purification system foundation made great progress.  Everyone on the team pitched in to help the construction crews keep momentum. 

VBS sang songs and studied the story about Jesus and the paralytic with the kids.  In the afternoon, VBS made bracelets with both the lids and the adults. 

Facts I learned today:

1.  The people of the batey are VERY appreciative of the latrines.  Adults and kids have consistently helped out with the construction process.  It's a good feeling to know that the people you are helping really understand, and appreciate, what is being built.
2.  Dominican time is some obscure version of Americano time.
3.  There must be at least three bosses per construction site.
4.  Apparently, Katie has been telling the kids that she is a princess.

Workers in the Sugarcane Fields
Josh and One of His Batey Friends

Brett & Patricia and Two of Her Friends

Morning VBS

The Team Built the Walls of Latrine #1 Today

Team Got Floor Poured on Latrine #2
Work Site #3 - Foundation for Water Purification System
Tom Lynch has taken some wonderful photos of some of the people in the Batey - young and old, happy and sad, hopeful and seemingly hopeless.  We have a so-so wireless connection that is shared by another group in addition to Trinity, so I'm limited in how much I can upload in a given day.  It's impossible for me to describe what it's like being here in person - Tom's photos say more than I can put into words.

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