August 6th: Bricks, panels, windows, and grout August 7, 2014

Posted in on August 7, 2014

The work day at UNAKO house began with some heavy lifting. We all worked together to transport hundreds of bricks to the top level. After that we split off into groups, each with a specific task. Bill and Jacob continued the installation of the electric panels, Maddie and Miles grouted, Laurie and Katie taught a math lesson at the school, Len and Noah painted the windows, and I helped to pass bricks and cement to the roof.

Following a delicious lunch of roti, potatoes, and rice pudding, the school kids came out for recess. Miles, Noah , Jake and I did our best to entertain the 110 children with handstands, frisbee, and soccer. The kids didn’t seem to understand the “one at a time” principle of piggybacks, as swarms of children attempted to jump on us. Although this was a little overwhelming, everyone had a great time. My smile never left my face for the entire hour-long recess. We returned to work quite exhausted, but it was well worth it.

Once we arrived back at the hotel, we had a few hours of down time, followed by a fantastic dinner, made up of a chicken, rice, and a variety of vegetables with vanilla ice cream for dessert. After dinner, we spent the rest of our night enjoying our favourite card game, President.

After a high stakes wager, Miles now has to rock a moustache for the remainder of the trip. It’s safe to say he isn’t too happy about that.

Tomorrow is our last day here in Lamahi, and I think I speak for the whole group when I say I will be extremely sad to leave.

Keegan Marchand
DWC Participant
Nepal, August 2014

Posted in on August 7, 2014