Delta 6 were working in searing heat when we visited them on our Nicaraguan roadtrip. They are helping rebuild five houses in the new community of El Rodeo, Miraflor which was badly damaged by a hurricane a few months ago. Building the houses is a slow process as they have to dig up clay, earth and rocks.
Here is Delta 6's Iena Dua to explain more about the project:
Space in the houses in which we stay is equally divided up by man, chicken, dog and pig, who reside together in a dysfunctional but surprisingly harmonious way.
Spirits are high nevertheless and we Delta 6 are determined to use every ounce of strength to help construct sustainable buildings using only rocks, mud, water and grass. Work commences at 7am sharp and continues until 3pm each weekday.
The group is separated into pairs and go back each night to their host families, with whom they live, eat and sleep. Although the families' hospitality is endless, so too are the continuous plates of rice, beans, and tortillas which are given to us for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Our trips through the jungle towards a wooden shack with a hole, also known as a long drop toilet, remains our biggest and smelliest challenges to date.
However Delta 6 digs deep to find humour in such times of stress. We laugh at the prospect of this project being similar to the experience of celebrity blondes Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie who go from their celeb lifestyles to harsh rural conditions in reality TV series 'The Simple Life'.
Delta 6 strive each day to move those muscles and work together as a team to help those less fortunate. In return all we ask is to go home 'toned and tanned'or as the group prefer 'fly like a D6'.