Day 5 August 24
Written by Denise
Today was an early start at the work site. We were ready to go at 7:00 am. In order to work on the cement and framing, we all had to borrow shovels, picks and wheelbarrows from our host families. When we arrived some of the cement forms were in place and ready for cement. Before any cement was ready to be made, we had to shovel out trenches and ensure that the height of the base was consistent all around the cancha. This meant that we added dirt, measured, took away dirt, re-measured and packed the dirt down to be ready for the placement of the forms. Some of the forms are made from metal and others are made from what appears to be pallets. The metal forms are held together with large U shaped metal spikes. Several Interactors assisted the masons with making cement using a large cement maker, sand and gravel. Many, many wheelbarrows of cement were brought to each form surrounding the cancha.
The weather is nice, with some clouds and some sun. The sun is quite deceiving. Although there are clouds and wind, many have sunburns. The wind likes to throw the silt like dust around all the time and manages to find its way behind our safety glasses.
We were taken to a senior’s center for lunch. We were transported in the usual way, 8 people in a small pick up truck. Lorraine and I decided to experience sitting in the box of the truck. What a mistake! The road was very, very dusty! We should have known better, as the work site is extremely dusty. If Lorraine and I thought our hair was grey now, after the ride, our whole head of hair was grey with dust! For lunch we had soup made from chicken, rice and corn. This was followed by baked chicken, white rice and a salad that had cooked cauliflower, carrots, and raw apples. We were disappointed that there was only one senior at the center. The center seems very new. It had a large meeting room, kitchen and a small exercise area.
Upon returning to the work site after lunch, we realized that there was little work that our whole group could do because there were not enough forms set up for additional cement. We decided that some of the Interactors could use this time to connect with each other as well as find an Internet place to connect back home. Some Interactors went to a local field and played soccer while a few Interactors stayed at the site to assist with the last cement pour.
We are all appreciating our host families. They have graciously opened up their homes to us. Some families have very little, but what little they have, they willingly share. We are all well fed, well looked after and we can’t say enough about their hospitality.
We look forward to meeting some Rotarian in Quito tomorrow. Our bus will pick us up 5:00 am