Published: July 1st 2011June 29th 2011
Today was a rather emotional day. We were all weary, but we knew this would be the last day of work.
The mixing of the concrete still amazes me. No cement mixing trucks are present. They pour gravel into a pile, they then mix the white powdery rocks, they pour water on the pile, and use a mixing technique with the shovels.
I helped to shovel and mix the water in. We created another bucket line. We then filled the buckets with cement. The foundation was pretty full of cement by the time we left for the day.
I mentioned to Kissmer that I would like to try mangoes. They brought a giant pile in. I cut and peeled the mango with my swiss army knife. The mangoes were sweet tasting and a strange stringy texture.
See us working here: [IMG]http://i1139.photobucket.com/albums/n558/phumchaiti/Colin%20Haiti/th_IMG_5269.jpg[/IMG]
At the end of the workday, we said our goodbyes. This was a very sad ordeal. The workers and especially the foreman seemed eternally grateful. We took a group picture in the middle of the library foundation. Azula accosted me and seemed to want a kiss. The coworkers all wanted my sunglasses, but I only brought one
pair. I think we really left our mark. They were inspired by all the women workers we brought.
The engineer came by for the first time and we got to see the blueprints.
After donating many gloves and tools, we headed back to the Methodist dorm. Everyone seemed very silent both from exhaustion and from an emotional goodbye.
When we returned the power went out. Kervins showed me where the generator was and I cranked it. I made concrete and started the generator in one day.
After dinner we had our final devotion. It was a very emotional one. Katye told the story of her boyfriend whom passed. Pastor Maude gave us communion with bread and grape juice.
We gathered in a circle to pray. At the beginning of our trip, we drew names. The names were of one person we were supposed to pray for. I chose Holly. I revealed to her that I prayed that her kids would not miss her too much and vice versa. I added that I hoped they would be together safely again soon. I also spoke that I felt I made two new brothers...Tutu and Kissmer. I felt myself welling up.
Final Day Group Picture
Final Day Group Picture
What a great group and a great experience. Many tears were shed and I joked that being around so many women was turning me into one.
Ethan prayed for me and thanked me for my humor on the trip and being a good roommate. I feel he is going far in life.
Mary Lewis is a born leader.
Katye is a compassionate giver.
Rhonda is an experienced traveler and proud momma (and storyteller).
Linda comes from a family of givers.
Rachel is the queen of sarcasm and a great soccer player.
Holly is a very proud mother of two and great swimmer.
Lisa is a proud mother and coffee drinker.
Maria is the quiet giver.
Tutu is the big tough guy with soft heart.
Kissmer is Eddie Murphy with a huge heart.
Colin is forever changed and still learning.