The Friends Project

Final touches

Sergio putting on a final coat of paint on the metal window gates … with Alcides and his daughter watching. Always someone is in the peanut gallery! Glad everyone’s so excited.

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finito!!!

One month and three days after my arrival we just drove down from Las Minitas with the masons, who have spent three weeks there.

Today they put the final exterior cement on the school and yesterday the roof.

We are fast moving!

Someone from the community will make two doors out of wood they cut fromtheir farm and we will paint it electric blue and white, same as the Nicaraguan flag.

Alcides and Javier and Paiyo thanked me and us for our solidarity and hard work. They were there every day helping. I don’t think any of them have kids in the school even.

I’m now waiting out a downpour with the masons … too hard to take off the wood from the truck.

It was a long day. Picked them up at 1230 but they weren’t done with the final cement and clean up til 5. So I slept in a hammock in the school and ate a banana and took a lot of photos to show when they are uploaded”

WE DID IT!

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One month and three days after my arrival we just drove down from Las Minitas with the masons, who have spent three weeks there.

Today they put the final exterior cement on the school and yesterday the roof.

We are fast moving!

Someone from the community will make two doors out of wood they cut fromtheir farm and we will paint it electric blue and white, same as the Nicaraguan flag.

Alcides and Javier and Paiyo thanked me and us for our solidarity and hard work. They were there every day helping. I don’t think any of them have kids in the school even.

I’m now waiting out a downpour with the masons … too hard to take off the wood from the truck.

It was a long day. Picked them up at 1230 but they weren’t done with the final cement and clean up til 5. So I slept in a hammock in the school and ate a banana and took a lot of photos to show when they are uploaded”

WE DID IT!

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Week three

A new week and  Sergio and Panchin are up finishing the brick work at the preschool.

So many people have stopped to say thank you and how much it means to the community, which is really really great.

 

Thank you all!

 

Meet the guys

The work is going, every day, and several of the guys in Las Minitas from the community are there lugging bricks, digging and mixing cement and carrying water from the well, every day.

Meet Gustavo, the community leader, and some of the other guys!

Hello again!

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Excited to stay again with Anunsciacion and her family, including little Alfoncina and Fernando, who you likely recognize from the photos from our photo exhibitions as the cutie in the blue cap.

I have a new game for us to play, and for Alfoncina to beat us at.

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Setting a foundation

sergioIt’s our third day of work at the preschool in Las Minitas, where Sergio, our mason, is on his way up to begin work after Gustavo and other men (and some kids) from the community have dug a trench around the footprint and also the deep foundation holes before the holy week.

I have worked with Sergio before, in 2010, and will be glad to spend these days with him.

Soon, I’ll be there too, staying with Anunsciascion and her family and working bending rebar and mixing and pouring concrete with water we run from a hose from a sort of well down the hill.

It’s about three and a half weeks from here, folks!
The Friends Project does not mess around. 🙂