Today was an early morning for the boys. They woke up and had breakfast at 7 am before heading up the hill from Carlos’ house to gather rocks to fill in for the foundation of his house. They were asked to move the rocks into large piles so a backhoe and dump truck could take them down the hill. They asked for manual labor because they would be able to save money and the truck driver would only charge for gas. They worked hard and did a great job.
Another crew went to Carlos’ house and finished leveling the ground so now it is ready to begin the next phase. They finished by lunch.
Finally, a crew was at CDL where we continued stuccoing, painting the walls, cleaning up the demo from the sidewalk. In the afternoon they asked them to clear leaves off their flat roof that had gathered for the last year.
When we all returned to the ranch, the students went and played with the children.
Casa de Luz is a day care for single moms. They also do a lot of work to help empower and employe these single moms. The daycare system in Mexico is almost non-existent, unless you are super wealthy. So if a single mom needs to work, she will typically lock her kids in the house and leave to work for 8-10 hours. Others will allow their children to wonder the streets until she comes home. As you can imagine, neither way is great, but for many this is the only option to make a living. CDL is providing amazing care for the children, safety, school, two meals/day and a lot of love.
CDL is in the process of opening a taco shop, a tortilla store and two other store fronts to employ single moms.
Tomorrow we will continue working at our worksites. We plan to pour the concrete floor for the family in La Mision.
Photos coming soon