Inspired Words

These are the experiences of our volunteers in Kenya.

May 21: Feeling guilty for the easy work day.

Posted in Kenya on May 26, 2009

May 21

Even though three members of the team are still sick, I let them come to the worksite on the condition that they take it easy. Fortunately, the workload is relatively easygoing today.
We plaster the walls with a cement and water mixture. But the art of applying the substance requires such a skilful wrist flick that we leave it to the local workers. Instead, we mix the cement and water together and bring it to the workers. It seems like such a simple task, but everything requires so much manpower. The water needs to be brought in by the bucket, filled from a trough 200m away. I’m surprised by the weight of a single bucket of water.
After we finish mixing cement and bringing it to the site, we observe in awe how the workers apply the plaster and even out the wall. For once, we end the day without feeling sweaty and sore. And funnily enough, we all feel guilty for it.

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