Jared had told us there was concrete to pour. Somewhere in my mind I though it would be a small job, or play a small part in our week's work. Instead, we poured concrete almost every day. Sometimes, we poured concrete twice a day! I think I could now tell you the mixture in my sleep--three (buckets of) rock, three (buckets of) sand, one (half bag of) concrete, one bucket of water. Dump and repeat. While the guys did the lifting of the buckets and carrying the wheelbarrows, the girls shoveled rocks and sand into the buckets and had them ready each time a new batch was made. On top of mixing and pouring concrete, we dug dirt out of a hillside to put into low spot on the playing field, we tied re bar, painted, and worked with kiddos on English.
|Start of day 3 concrete|
|A determined helper|
|Taking a break between pours|
|Long day of pouring concrete|
|Just one of two sand piles we filled buckets from.|
There was time to spend with the kids each day, but there was lots of work to be done as well. Truth be told, I loved spending time with the kids, but the work was very rewarding. A team of twelve extra people arrive. Heck, if I was on staff at the orphanage, I'd make us work too. Twelve extra people make a huge difference! We poured over 10,000 pounds of concrete!! Seven different slabs. We became a well oiled Ohio machine. Looking over our work at the end of the week was very rewarding. Knowing we made a small dent in the work that is still to be done was gratifying. With sore muscles at the end of the day, I wish we could have done more in a weeks time.
|5 of the 7 slabs we poured. This will become a sports activity area for the kids.|
|Slab we poured on the roof and dirt we filled into low areas.|
|Miguel is 5 and such a helper. He could sling some dirt. Sometimes I had to race him to the shovel!|
|Jared gave one ride....and then Diego wanted one every trip Jared made.|