I know, I know, we said we would have photos and a blog from Alpha 2 yesterday... however, our vehicle got a little delayed due to the state of the post-rain roads. If all goes to plan we should have that elusive A2 blog along with some photos from Alpha 6 tomorrow – Raleigh Blogger
Saturday, 22 October 2011
Alpha 6 (Miraflor) Blog by Lisa Risenbrij, Flor Mendieta & Molly Sandquest
After a day long delay due to heavy rainfall, Alpha 6 arrived safely in Miraflor. Originally we were slightly apprehensive about meeting our new families, but they have been incredibly welcoming and hospitable. A bright 6am start came with the help of a large array of farmyard animals - our alarm clock for the next two weeks! Rice and beans treated us for breakfast and filled our stomachs for the day ahead. Everybody was keen to begin the project but first the community needed us to help build filters to help drain the excess water that had built up during the storms. Armed with mattocks and trench shovels, we got to work heaving heavy rocks and digging ditches. Spirits remained high in the rainfall with renditions of 'Singin in the Rain' and multiple games of ninja, cups, mafia and ron mata ron. Since the second day of the project we have been transporting wood to the worksite from the surrounding area, which will be used for the frames of our building. The group coordinate effectively in order to distribute the work load. While feeling proud of our achievements, we are blown away by the ability of the locals to carry double our load and wonder why we struggle so much! The majority of our communications with the community have taken place at the pulperia (local shop) where we get our daily sugar fix. Watch this space for our increasing integration with the locals...
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