The first morning: no one sleeps late, everyone wears a clear shirt. It was impossible to sleep late at Camp CARE, but clean shirts became increasingly rare on following mornings.
Discussion centers on how certain roosters might taste for breakfast. Several insisted on exchanging challenges, beginning about 3 AM.
of people seeking medical consults develops early and seems to get longer throughout the
day. Local entrepreneurs arrive with cold drinks and the local equivalent of
"fast food" to sell to hungry and thirsty women and children waiting for their
Boards and cinder blocks make benches. One of 3 onsite water tanks (this one marked "OXFAM") holds about 4000 gallons.
After 4 days of hard work, Toledo volunteers share their perspectives with CARE's representative. There may be many better ways to accomplish this mission (building over 500 homes), but it seems unlikely that major changes can occur during the one week remaining.
Tim listens while Ted explains more efficient construction methods. One suggestion: even if we can't do it with technology available in Toledo, we should see what other agencies are doing to construct permanent resettlement housing in the area. There have to be ways of speeding things up despite equipment and supply limitations!
Lunch by Marcovia Catering. Rice, beans, tortillas, and scrambled eggs. Rickey Wright, M.D., calculates the nutritional merits. Some fruit and vegetables would be nice!
John, Mark, Ted, Ben, Jim, Tim, Robert and Gary pose with professional Honduran construction workers and a CARE official, holding the plan for the village under construction.
School children raising a cloud of dust as they match by. Shelagh must be behind (or, in this case, in front of) this activity!
The water wagon arrives to fill the water tanks. This water was used not only for making mezcla and for other construction activities, it was also the only source of drinking and washing water for the damnificados, those people made homeless by Mitch.
Water tank was supplied by OXFAM (your charity dollars at work). Barrels in the foreground are recycled from a cane industry vehicle machine maintanance garage. I hope the ants like heavy grease - else these barrels will be difficult to clean. I have not seen a lot of detergent in camp.
The Throne. Dawn was the best time of day for visiting the latrine. Things
heat up later in the day.
Our latrine. Be careful when approaching in the dark, someone began another pit but has not yet installed a slab, seat or frame with tapestries.
Another view of the latrine (in case the first view is not satisfactory). All is quiet in camp at 6 AM - except that %$@#!! rooster.
Four showers - no waiting! Like the latrines, these facilities lack a roof or ceiling. Shower by moonlight! If a breeze is blowing, more moons may appear. The water was always warm - unlike the hotel where we stayed the last night in Tegucigalpa.
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