Hi friends! It’s Eby again, ready to tell you all about our day! We’re more than halfway through with our project in terms of time, and it’s crazy to see the progress we’re making in what feels like just a few days! Everyone on our team has been working so hard and coming up with great solutions to the challenges we’ve faced, and I’m so excited to see how we handle the rest of our project work.
For the past few days, the heat has been unbearable and the Thai sun has been relentless, so we decided to start our day at 6:30am this morning.
Goodnight, Sinks (For Now)
Mika, Kan, Ryan, and I started off our morning preparing to pour the last concrete sink for our project. We demolded yesterday’s sink without any problems and got to work on casting an extra bubbler sink. The pour went well and since today was Saturday, a day when community children come to play with the equipment near our site, we even had a curious little visitor!
It was also really uplifting to see the kids play with the soccer goals we constructed last weekend- they seemed to enjoy their game!
After we poured, tamped, vibrated, and smoothed the sink, we said goodnight to our last little sink in the Nursery (new nickname for the sink station, kudos to Hannah), until we install them in the distribution station.
There’s a Hole in the Bucket…
…And it’s for drainage! Sarah, Nick, Patrick, and Rachel started their morning shift off deepening the trenches near the distribution station and assembling the modified-bucket/French-drain system that will serve as our drainage element for the distribution station.
They made good progress and were able to connect the bucket near a small tree and were also able to connect the inflow pipe line to the station.
The [Path] Less Traveled
Savanah, Rachel, Mika, Sarah, Patrick, and Nick were able to plan and complete a gravel pathway leading up to the distribution station today. They dug and carted rocks around through their dripping sweat and ended up with a beautiful little path!
Good Morning, Distribution Station
Today was a milestone day since laying and mortaring block for the distribution station begun! After the rebar was cut and set, Hannah, Savannah, Rachel, and David observed and learned an efficient way to lay block from one of our contractors, and they were able to complete a whole course (a level) of the station today! They worked through several complications and challenges in the blistering heat but they made amazing progress and the Imagination Station is coming along!
We’re taking a much-needed break tomorrow to hike at a National Park, but we’re eager to continue progressing on the project!
Man, I Love My Team
Apologies for the basic Drake reference, but if you can’t tell through our social media and blog posts, our team is a truly one-of-a-kind group of people. We’ve all been proud of the work we’ve done, how well we’ve overcome complications together, and of how much we’ve bonded and grown together on this trip. I’m obviously biased, but each of these people is amazing in their own special way, and to celebrate them, I’ve put together this BuzzFeed quiz (something we’ve meant to do for a while) so you can see which of these amazing people you relate to the most!
Until next time,