Thursday, February 14, 2013

Building Poop Boxes

Building Poop Boxes

A summary of our work days, as told by the numbers...

Day 1- TRANSPORT (Dec 28th)
4 community members (male)
1 gringa
3 hours spent waiting for the delivery truck to show up
152 sacks of a sand and gravel mixture
1 flooding canoe
1 replacement canoe
10 minutes to eat a bowl of rice between deliveries for lunch
152 sacks of sand
16 30' lengths of rebar
32 100lb bags of cement mix
2 wheelbarrows with flat tires
11 hour work day
1 community meeting at the end of the day to get volunteers

Day 2- MORE TRANSPORT (Dec 29th)
152 sacks of sand to be moved again
360 concrete blocks
15 community members (male)
2 gringas (Siobhan arrived to visit!)
1 stewed pig's heart with rice for lunch
7 hour work day

Day 3- PLANCHAS (Dec 30th)
11 community members
3 gringas (Danielle arrived to visit!)
3 cement planchas (foundations) poured
3 cases of chiggers on gringas
8 hour work day

Day 4- LAST PLANCHA AND BLOCKS (Dec 31st)
7 community members
3 gringas
1 gringo (Ben arrived to visit and the men of my community were IN LOVE with him)
1 cement plancha poured
1 latrine's walls built with blocks
1 technico teaching and
10 others learning how to lay blocks
8 hour work day
1 bottle of champagne to celebrate New Year's Eve

Day 5- BLOCK RACES (Jan 1st)
1 big pot of coffee
7 community members
2 gringas (Siobhan left)
1 gringo
3 teams "competing" to see who could build the best block walls
1 Team Gringo winner!
7 hour work day

Day 6- YAVIZA ADVENTURE (Jan 3rd)
1 gringa
3 chiva rides
1 mold I couldn't take
5 hour work day

Day 7- MORE LUMBER NEEDED (Jan 4th)
4 community members
12 7'x1'x1" boards cut out of trees
16 8' 2x4s cut out of trees
1 hour of hiking the lumber out of the jungle
1 gringa
1 support table constructed for the top floor of 1 latrine
8 hour work day

Day 8- SUPPORT TABLES (Jan 5th)
4 community members
1 gringa
2 support tables finished (fixed the one from the day before and made 1 more)
8 hour work day

Day 9-STILL SUPPORT TABLES AND TOP PLANCHAS (Jan 6th)
6 community members
1 gringa
2 support tables built
4 top planchas poured
0" of rebar left...about 8' still needed
9 hour work day

Day 10- YAVIZA AGAIN
1 gringa
4 cumbersome mold pieces
4 chiva rides
2 boat rides
0 necessary mold screws
8 hour work day

Day 11- SEAT #1 (Jan 19th)
4 community members
1 gringa
1 seat mold
1 set of seat mold screws
1 mold poured
2 hour work day

Day 12- SEAT #2 AND STAIRS (Jan 20th)
5 community members
1 gringa
4 sets of staircases blocked and poured
1 seat successfully pulled from mold
1 more seat poured
5 hour work day

Day 13- SEAT #3 (Jan 26th)
3 community members
1 gringa
1 seat poured
1 hour work day

Day 14- SEAT #4 (Jan 27th)
2 community members
1 seat poured
0" of wire left to form seats
1 hour work day

Day 15- SEAT #5 (Jan 31st)
3 community members
1 gringa
1 seat poured
2 hour work day

Day 16- SEAT #6 (Feb 1st)
2 community members
1 seat poured
1 hour work day

Day 17- SEAT #7 (Feb 2nd)
2 community members
1 seat poured
1 hour work day

Day 18- SEAT #8 (Feb 9th)
2 community members
1 seat poured
1 hour work day


…almost there. Poco a poco!!!

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