Today was one of the hardest working days I’ve had in Haiti.
I dug holes and mixed concrete to put in the pillars of the new playset.
Let’s just say they don’t sell Quikrete “pre-mixed” stuff down here. After being the primary mixer for 4 bags of cement, my back is tired. I wanted to give up after 3, buts the job wasn’t done, so Cameron, Zac, and I finished it, in the dark, with a flashlight.
It’s a lot of work to mix it all by shovel. Getting a good mix of water and aggregate, and doing it all barefoot cause we’re mixing on the ground and its easier to be barefoot that clean my shoes later. (Especially since I only have 2 good pairs of shoes down here right now, everything else is sandals)
But, it’s halfway done now. Tomorrow will be four more bags, if my back can handle it.
The craziest part is that I am so exhausted, and then I asked one of our translators how much a laborer would usually make doing this for a complete day. The answer: about US$5.
If anyone wants to spot me some that I can hire a haitian to work for me tomorrow, I wouldn’t be opposed to the idea. 🙂
Anyhow, i’ve also been learning important lessons down here, and I’m getting pretty excited to see what the future holds.
Still reading “Radical” by David Platt. Also still reading my Photovoltaics (Solar Panels) textbook.
Got in contact today with a group that builds panels in Port-Au-Prince and might be a good resource either for panels, or to teach me how to make some myself.
Also found out that panels are on sale really cheap right now in Miami at Sun Electronics (sunelec.com). I might order some with my personal funds to bring down here and donate to facilities (like Madam Bonite) in need cause they’re less that $1/watt, which is pretty incredible.
If anyone else wants to do so, let me know and I’ll pass the blessing of solar panels on to a worthy recipient for you.
Anyhow, I’m off to bed. I look forward to calling Josh and my parents tomorrow to hear how things are going in Alabama. Please keep them in your prayers that God would be glorified in all they are doing down there and would use them in a mighty way.