Saturday, May 10, 2014

Our Job is Done!

The walls are up  .  .  .  the roofs are on  .  .  . our job is done!  You can see the 'before and after' below.  There is detail work to be completed, but two families will move into new homes later this month.

We're very proud of the work we did; there's always great satisfaction at the end of a build.  But the most powerful thing about this project was the time we had with the villagers, and particularly their kids.  These beautiful children were covered with dust, and dressed in tattered clothing, but they were fresh and wondrous and joyful as they played ball, jumped rope and chased bubbles.  And we did it all along with them.  There wasn't much english spoken, but that didn't matter.  In the end, we were told that the villagers will remember our playing with the children as much as they will our building the new homes.

As always happens, our team has become very close, and our time isn't over yet.  Most us will continue-on to see more locals, mostly of the four-legged kind.  Tomorrow we cross the border to spend three nights in a safari lodge at South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.

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