Mon Jan 29 Update from Haiti

  • Posted on: 30 January 2018
  • By: bengel

We had an early breakfast and headed for the Kids Alive Village for the Monday morning flag-raising ceremony, which took place in front of the new school building. It was a very meaningful time for all of us because everyone on this team worked on the school building over the past two years.

Our main project this week is to get started in the new dining hall and kitchen that will sit next to the new school. A Haitian crew had begun digging trenches for the concrete footers, but a large tree stump was squarely in the way. Working with the local crew, we used a block and tackle that one of our team members brought to Haiti last year by hooking it to the back of the KA "tap-tap" (the truck that takes us to and from the airport and the team house) and used it to pull the stump out of the trench.

Moving the stump allowed the Haitian crew to continue digging and freed us up to begin the steel work -- building the rebar mats and cages that will form the walls and footings.

We worked the rest of the day on the steel work.

Most of us left a little blood at the worksite today--rebar work is always a little hazardous--but the weather was beautiful, and the air was relatively cool. It was a great work day.

After a really good meal--we were all hungry--we played "Boots," our traditional card game. A good time was had by all.

--Doug Heacock, on behalf of the team


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