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Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » Dong Thap July 30th 2018

The next four days of work were pretty similar. The groups worked hard, ate mediocre food, and had quiet nights. Monday: On the first build day, both teams worked on their concrete slabs. Site two dry-mixed sand and cement and spread the combination on the foundation then wet it with a hose. This method was not conventional and will likely lead to a sub-standard floor. Our site spent the entire day mixing and pouring concrete. Each batch of concrete contained 8 five-gallon buckets of stone, 5 buckets of sand, 1 sack of cement, and water. We dry-mixed the sand and cement before adding the stone. Next, we added water and hand-mixed on the ground with shovels. This process was physically demanding. Brad struggled to mix with the short-handled shovels and resorted to filling and moving buckets ... read more
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Kristy at Site 1
Brad Mixing Concrete

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » Dong Thap July 29th 2018

We departed the Alagon fairly early Sunday morning and headed Southwest to Cao Lahn. The whole team loaded into one bus and hit the road on a four-hour journey. During the trip Kristy chatted with our build crew while Brad wrote several blog posts. We arrived at our hotel, the url=https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g737086-d8686892-Reviews-Huong_Sen_Hotel-Cao_Lanh_Dong_Thap_Province_Mekong_Delta.htmlHuong Sen Hotel, in the early afternoon. We had lunch at the hotel and sat through a safety and mission presentation. During the presentation, we learned about the two families we were helping and that our build was a test-build for a larger effort scheduled for November. After the presentation, we loaded onto smaller vans and headed to the village. Before heading to the build sites, the group stopped by the local gove... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Mekong River Delta » Dong Thap February 1st 2013

Siden sist har vi opplevd en del Vi har vært innom en flytende landsby ikke så langt unna Phnom Pen. Det var flere tusen som bodde i den byen i hytter av ymse kvalitet. Enkelte av hyttene var i så dårlig forfatning at kunne ramle sammen når som helst. I disse husene bodde det masse barn og at de ikke drukner alle som en er for meg et stort spørsmål. En ting er at de sikkert kan svømme men det er ikke lett for en 2-3 åring å komme seg opp igjen om de har falt om bord. Myndighetene ønsker forståelig nok at det ikke bor barn i de flytende landsbyene. I løpet av turer i denne landsbyen så jeg kun to barn med redningsvest. Fattigdommen i disse landsbyene er stor og de er plaget med ... read more
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