Monday, May 24
Work day number 1. We set off for the trek from the hotel toward the hospital. It was about a 30 minute walk, so we worked up a good sweat even before setting a hand on a shovel or wheelbarrow.
We got to the site and went straight to work. Our assignment for the day: sift black sand through giant sifters, shovel the sifted sand into wheelbarrows, then move it to another pile on the site. This is sand used for mixing cement. The men usually mix cement by hand, but this year had a cement mixer. This is the only piece of equipment they have and I know it was a huge deal for them to get.
We took about an hour lunch break, making our own PB&J sandwiches and chips. We worked again into the afternoon for another few hours before calling it quits.
On the way back to hotel, we stopped for a little treat of frozen chocolate-covered bananas (yum!). We dragged our tired bodies to the chairs and hammocks in front of our house. Most of the group went for a swim in the pool and some relax time in the hot tub. Meghan and I took showers then hung out near the pool until dinner time.
Everyone met up together for dinner at the hotel. It was a delicious dinner every night. Everything from chicken, fish, pasta, and steak.