Feb 10 - First Full Day of Work

  • Posted on: 12 February 2014
  • By: bengel

We awoke to the sound of thousands of roosters crowing throughout the city of Cap Haitien—they apparently feel the world around them should be up and about by 4:30 a.m.

We had breakfast, we did a quick repair to our generator (electric power is not something you can count on having consistently in Haiti), shared a brief devotional time, and then loaded up in the back of one of the Kids Alive trucks for the trip to the compound.

Some of us continued the work of laying out the footers of the foundation with string lines, while a Haitian crew shoveled rock to help level the pad. The ladies on the team worked on building the rebar cages that will be used to strengthen the footers when the foundation is finally poured.

        

We also met with a Haitian plumber who will help us install the drain lines and electrical conduit that need to be in place before the foundation is poured.

In the afternoon we all worked together on the rebar cages, a job that we were able to do under a shed roof—a welcome respite from the sun.

So far three team members have had to deal with some health issues; one person stayed at the team house all day, another worked half a day and had to return to the team house in the middle of the day, and a third person was hit in the evening. Fortunately, we have some powerful antibiotics that seem to be helping. Your prayers for our health are so important!

The kids were in school yesterday, and a bunch of them came to the work site to see the white visitors. Among them were some of the children sponsored by various members of our team—it was a real treat to see them.

In the late afternoon, Brent, our team host, took us on a walking tour of the neighborhood near the compound. We saw several of the homes where the community children live—some of the children in the school live in homes in the compound, but some come from the surrounding community. It is always sobering to see the living situations some of these kids come from. Their poverty is difficult to describe, and difficult to see. Some of the children who live in the KA homes have come from situations involving serious abuse or neglect.

Our evening at the team house was full of laughter and fun as most of the team played card games after dinner.

We’re grateful to be here, and we’re grateful for your prayers. We look forward to telling you our stories and showing you more of the photos we’ve been taking along the way. (Click on the pictures to see the full-size images.)

Doug Heacock, on behalf of the team