Parksville AM Rotary Team Mexico
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 LiveDifferent 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.
We met our family last night, enjoying pizza and pop with Policarpo, Augustina, Jennifer (aged 9) and Puol (aged 4), and today the building began. The cement pad had already been poured and following an initial period of mass confusion, everyone settled in to their tasks. By the end of the day, we had all exterior walls completed, the ceiling framed and a lot of painting done – white and salmon colours chosen by Augustina and Jennifer. It is so exciting to know that in three more days, the family will have a safe, warm house to live in!
Highlights and memorable moments over the last two days have included:
- A flat tire in Ensenada which was repaired within an hour by a mechanic for a mere 100 pesos or $8. When given 200 pesos, he was delighted while we were impressed with his professionalism and honesty.
- Jo Dunn experienced some memorable moments when the outside wall of a latrine collapsed and he partially fell in.
- Jane Walker and Angela Dadoush playing “Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes” with the children in English, after which the children taught them in Spanish.
LiveDifferent is an amazing organization with a unique philosophy of how to truly LiveDifferent and make a difference in the world. It is late and there is too much to write about tonight. More to follow in the next blog. Suffice it to say that we are working hard and having fun!
Rotary Team Mexico, LiveDifferent Trip, Fall 2014