Hot, Hot, Hot, oh…and Hot!
The last two days have been some of the hottest days this year. The evenings have been nice and cool, as long as you are not on the top bunk. The students have worked really hard despite the sun.
This morning students were a little bit slower out of bed, but after a great breakfast, we head to four different works sites:
One group went to continue preparing a concrete slab for a family who lost a house to a fire. About 1.5 years ago, a fire ripped through our little community of La Mision burning many houses. This family has been without a house since then, waiting patiently. The husband, wife, and two kids have been living with a family in a very small house. There are about 12 people in this small house. The family has been saving money by doing odd and end jobs from yard work to house painting. Little by little they have purchased a few concrete blocks at a time. They were given a small plot of land by their family, but have not had enough money to build. This week our goal is to lay the foundation of the house. This small, yet hard work, will help this family get closer to having their own house for just their family.
Another group stayed back at “the ranch” to do some needed painting on the kitchen.
Group #3 went Carlos’. Carlos is a young man who works with the teenagers in town helping them make good decisions with their lives. He is in the process of finishing college (it is very rare for most people to get an education past 6th grade). He will graduate in August and then get married. He is a great young man with a great heart to better his community.
Group #4 spent another day at Casa De Luz. We finished constructing a fence, continued stuccoing, and other jobs to help them further what they want to accomplish on the property. I will explain more about CDL tomorrow. This morning when we left for lunch, our stucco job was horrible. When we came back we worked to correct our work and then started on another part of the wall. Let me say we learned from our mistakes. When we finished today, Nacho (one of the Mexican workers) said this looks professional! Honestly, it did look very good.
Tomorrow we will head off to the same worksites. It looks like it will be a little cooler. Everyone is doing great and it’s been a joy having them.