Rotary Team Mexico now has its first day under its belt - tired yet satisfied with a good day's work, we enjoyed a delicious Mexican meal prepared by the Live Different staff and before long, people started drifting off to an early night. Dormitory style accommodations are comfortable despite unseasonably warm and humid weather, combined with barking dogs which made sleep elusive for some.
This is the first official blog from team number one, and it’s a little bit late in the making since this is supposed to be a weekly blog and we have been together for almost a month now... But we feel as if now is when we are starting to look at how far we have come in the last month.
Throughout the course of our lives, we often experience what I usually call "panarama moments," - a split second where time seems to slow and sound ceases to exist. These moments tend to stand out in our minds and allow us to fully take in our surroundings, to experience everything that is going on around us in a pure and focused way, and to find a new appreciation for the situation at hand.
A growing underground comedy scene has been blossoming in Steel Town with names like Jason Rouse, JR Digs, Manolis Zontanos, Patrick Coppolino and more getting national and international attention spotlighting Hamilton’s dark, twisted, goofy and funny character. This weekend, Zak McDonald, one of the newer additions to Hamilton comedy, is set to take some of the darkness of his life and shine a new light on it as he headlines a comedy/variety/fundraiser event for a national motivational tour.
What do you get when you unleash nineteen Dayspringers who are catching or possibly passing their fourth wind on a cement pad in the town of Vincente Guerroro?
2 beautiful homes, dusty clothing, a bunch of slivers, faith, love, and gratitude!
My name is Hannah and I’m an intern in the Dominican Republic this summer. Today was our first work day for public trip #2. The two families we are building for are strong single mothers with beautiful children. The two families will be sharing a duplex. One family is Dominican and the other Haitian.
Today was the last house building day of our trip in the Dominican Republic. It was really amazing to see everything come together, but it was sad to think that my time here is almost over. We’ve all worked so hard but had so much fun while doing it, not letting any language barrier stop us from building strong bonds with community members, other workers, and children.
Today was an exhilarating first day of our build of Maria and Carlos’ house. As soon as we arrived on the site, we sprang into action and everyone quickly dug into the many different tasks that needed to be done.
Joining the Boston Pizza Foundation on their annual Hero Holiday trip with Live Different for the second time has been the most gratifying experience I could ever ask for. I came here thinking I knew what to expect because I've experienced it before but I was very wrong. Although the trip has a similar structure, I was able to revisit families I met last year, build many new relationships, and connect with the community on a deeper level. Three deserving families received brand new, safe, dry homes.
Sunday was our first build day. While the rest of our team started working on the house, four of us had the privilege of partaking in an experience that Live Different has coined ”Day In The Life”. This meant that two families who lived within the same community as the family which our group is building alongside opened up their homes to us so we could get a taste of day to day life for them.
I am amazed by the maturity and sensitivity of these children, who come from a background of abuse and/or exploitation. On Saturday night, we had the opportunity to hear the older teens perform at the night market in town. I think it may have been their first time.