August 20, 2013
Today we went to Cereco Center for the first time to meet the children and the workers. They greeted us with cards, flags, hugs and lots of excitement. Mike and Geoff briefed us on the project and what we would be doing for the next few days. We started work this morning on pulling out tires, transporting rubble from the broken cement, making molds for the retaining wall, and transplanting various trees and shrubs. It’s a very big project for us but everyone is working so hard to get the job done that it is still possible. The scout hall where we are staying is a block away from our worksite; it’s so close that we can see the project from our windows! We have been divided into groups to do work around the scout hall during the day. We do things such as dishes, sweeping bedrooms, and cleaning the bathrooms and showers. Even though it’s winter in Bolivia it’s still very hot outside which makes the work we are doing tiring. Some people already feel the effects of the elevation and are losing their breath quickly, having headaches, and becoming tired easily. We may become tired quickly also because we are working so hard, we’ve actually broken a large portion of the shovels and pick axes within the first few hours!
Around 12:30 we walked back to the scout hall to have lunch, wash dishes, and have our quiet time. At 2pm we all went back to Cereco to finish up the day’s work. We dug up all of the tires that were in the ground, transplanted all of the trees and shrubs, and we finished moving all of the concrete rubble, which we thought was going to take 2 weeks! At 3:30pm a few Interactors from the Cochabamba club came to the worksite to get to know us better and help out with finishing our tasks. Near the end of the day we started mixing the concrete for the jungle gyms and plan on continuing the concrete work tomorrow.
Once we finished up at the job site we returned to the scout hall and had showers which felt oh so good! After the long, hot day of working hard we were covered in dirt and very grateful for the showers, even though there was no hot water. Later on, we had our dinner which was cooked by people from a local restaurant. We finished up dinner, cleaned up the dishes and had some time to relax a little bit. Then we went to bed.
– Noah and Israel