Last Work Day in Ahuachapán (11/13/2018)November 13 in El Salvador
This was our last work day. There were lots of jobs for us to work on today (helping with roof work; putting dry wall up on the front wall of the church; mudding and sanding the other ways of the church. Three of us, Nina, Rich and I, delivered food. We spent a long time taking with one or two members of each of the families we visited, except one woman who was ill. Everyone else was talkative and had lots stories to tell.
When we returned to the work site, it was almost time to head for lunch, so we began the clean up. Then it was off to the Missioners' Residence for lunch. After lunch we returned to the work site. At first we were considering delivering more food, but it would have entailed 30+ minutes of walking and the "foreman" preferred we spend our time working on the church. I did sanding and some gofering. Most of my gofering jobs were searching for nails/screws/tools and handing people water to add to the mud or helping lift drywall up to someone on the scaffolding. I decided not to try working on the scaffolding. I did not want to pull down the drywall if I lost my balance. I also do had to give hand sanitizer to Aroche to wash out the cut on his foot. Because it the hand sanitizer has alcohol in it, it evidently stings. Next Carlos came over in need of a band-aid and we had to improvise with a Kleenex and masking tape. He was hesitant for us to wash his cut out with the hand sanitizer, but I told him to quit whining. So, I cleaned the cut, wrapped it with the Kleenex and tape it with the masking tape and he was good to continue working.
All to soon it was time to clean up and say our goodbyes. It is so sad to leave. We have worked as a team these last few days and become friends despite the language barrier. It has been a week of laughter and learning new skills and how best to leverage each person's strengths.
Dinner tonight was chicken tamales. For dessert we had apple parties mad by Marilu's daughter who is a pastry chef. They were excellent. Then Jhenny have us a piece of a cake that is filled with a layer of pineapple. I have ordered a box of the cake to take back to the States. There was no need for an ice cream run tonight.
Tomorrow is our free day. We will go to the Volcano National Park and then on to Tazumal with lunch at the beach. And then we will prepare to head back to the States. It will be hard to say goodbye to everyone. Read more