Hey it’s Savannah again! Today, we got right back to work after our day off at the waterfalls. We’ve decided that waking up even earlier helps get work done before the intense heat of the day, so we started our work day at 6:30 AM. Even though it’s cooler in the morning, the sun was shining bright, and we were still sweating profusely. As the grand opening gets closer, our work is really starting to come together, and we are reaching our deadlines.
In order to be ready to install the sinks, we must have four courses (levels) of the bricks laid today. Therefore, we made sure there were always people working on laying bricks at all times today, even during meals. After watching our contractor, we are all becoming pros at finding the right consistency of mortar, and getting the bricks level. Practice makes perfect, and while the first part of brick-laying has been slow-going, we are starting to get a hang of it and make some good progress. We were able to finish the four courses we needed to, and will be able to finish all eight tomorrow.
Mika, Sarah, and Ryan de-molded our last sink this morning! The sink-pouring process has been a long one with many challenges and lots of problem-solving along the way, so I know we, especially Mika, are thrilled to have this part of the station successfully done.
There are still some issues with the electrical side of the well, but we got it working this morning to do a bucket test. For a bucket test, you time how long it takes to fill a 100-liter tank, and the good news is that it looks like the well has a solid flow rate.
Patrick and I also started the landscaping early this morning. We are making several gravel paths to the station in order to make it accessible and even more beautiful. First, we have to dig small trenches to set the big rocks in to make sure they stay in place, and then we fill the middle in with the smaller bits of gravel. Since we haven’t had rain in a few days, the ground is dry and hard to dig. Therefore, after our bucket test this morning, we used the water from the test to wet the ground before digging. Thanks to Ryan for carrying the huge tank over and spreading the water. Waste not want not. Sarah and Ryan also came over and helped continue with our landscaping; we finished the second path today. Scruffy the dog came by to try out the first path we made, and she liked it so we are optimistic that the community will too.
We also worked on planning the activities for our visit to the nearby school this Friday. We had to make sure that one of the activities would work, so Patrick volunteered his face to be covered in shaving cream and let us throw cotton swabs at him. It worked. It worked real good.
We ended the evening with some games, including bowling with water jugs and a soccer ball. Rachel won with a strike, and Patrick and I scored a spare. No matter what, we have found fun and laughter in all of the sweat, stress, and work.
Goodnight from Don Kang,