Sweat, Dirt, Blisters, and Progress
Trip Start Jul 27, 2011
73Trip End Dec 14, 2011
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Placement and Build-A-Home
The past two days have been extremely exhausting. Monday we began the new Build-A-Home project, finally after being delayed by the typhoon and flooding. So i went to my placement from 7:45-1:30 pm. Then I headed to the market in Palo, about 15 minutes from my placement, to meet the other volunteers and head to the build-a-home site. To get there you have to ride a motorcycle, called a habel-habel, which has an extension on the back and roof built over the top. the habel-habel seats 3 Americans/Foreigners or 4-5 Filipinos. We got to the project site around 2 and began digging the holes where the cement pillars, built to keep flood waters from going inside the home, would be laid. There was no shade of course, and the weather has been cloudless and very sunny the past couple of days. It is beautiful weather for October, but quite hot when you are digging holes that seem endless. There were about 15 little kids running around the entire time, trying to help off and on
The littlest boy, who was about 3, ended up getting pushed in one of the wholes twice, but was luckily not too injured. The first time he fell face first, when I pulled him out his face was full of dirt and tears. I washed him off and he seemed good to go. But then he slipped and fell in one of the holes and his shirt got stuck on a marker, leaving him hanging half fallen in to the hole. I was coincidentally near by again and got him off, but it clearly didn't feel to good to his back. Did I mention he had no pants on? He really didn't and I think that added to his innocence and injury.
We got home around 5:30pm. Dirty, sweaty, and both my thumbs blistered. It was a good day of hard work, but I surprisingly had trouble falling asleep. The tiredness hit me this morning at 7 am, still not sure how I am standing 12 hours later. My back and arms are sooo sore today, finally getting a work out here in the Philippines. :)
Tuesday we finished the last hole