Making Cement

At Casa De Fe on Monday we had our first day working outside with the Maestros, Jaime and Hernan. We had many small tasks to complete at the home. One of the tasks we had to complete was due to the heavy rainfall that happened on Monday. The storm had washed three trunks into the stream that ran through the property. The trunks had gotten stuck next to the bridge that crossed the stream and had caused a barrier for the water movement. A few of our team members and Jaime had to get those trunks out of the stream and bring them up the hill to the brush pile. While that group was working at the stream, another group was moving a pile of large tires from outside the Maestros work shed to the edge of the rainforest. They had to do this so the area would be clean and we could reach the fish ponds later in the day. The remainder of our group was inside Casa De Fe working with the children. They helped with physical therapy for some of the children and made necklaces and played games with the children. During the morning it rained on and off making for very muddy work outdoors. We walked to Alexander’s for lunch after our morning work was done. In the afternoon, the outdoor group mainly worked with the fish pond. We are trying to restore the fish pond so Casa can grow their fish. They had built the ponds about 5 years ago but the fish kept dying or getting stolen, so they ended up draining it. We cemented the remaining posts for the fence around the ponds in the ground. We had to make our own cement, which is what is being done in the picture. While some of our group was working on the posts, others were cleaning out the ponds. They had to peel the fish nets off of the sides of the ponds and pull weeds from in between the rocks. Many new types of insects and worms were seen while working inside the ponds. Once we were done with our work outside, we got to go and play with the kids for about 15 minutes until we left. For dinner we went to Johnny’s with a missionary family. Of course, after dinner we had ice cream after a walk in the park.

"In the beginning of a change, the PATRIOT is a scarce man, and brave and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it cost nothing to be a PATRIOT.” ~ Mark Twain 1904