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Why was this old lady so thankful? (tears?)

April 6, 2009 by  
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Don't go by her smile - she was very happy.(older people here don't smile for photos.)

Don't go by her smile - Enecia was very happy with her new floor. (older people here don't smile for photos.)

It wouldn’t seem like such a big deal for most of us – but she thanked us with tears in her eyes.

The Rosenberger group (Light and LIfe Mennonite Church) from New Mexico was here for nine days and we poured cement floors for widows who lived in cornstalk shacks with dirt floors.

The dirt floors could never be truly clean, were damp, and bugs and spores were free to come up through the floor.

The concrete floors are SO much nicer, drier, cleaner and healthier.

To reach these “houses”, required walking up very steep paths, quite a long way. We couldn’t get materials delivered there, so we had to premix the cement on the road and put it in bags, put bags in the pickup, drive pickup partly up the road, then carry the bags the rest of the way. Unload. Repeat.

This lady isn’t a widow but her husband is blind. He tries to earn money by going to the field with his cane on one hand and a hoe in the other. Quite sad, and they really hardly have enough food to eat.

Tough job carrying bags of concrete uphill

April 6, 2009 by  
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Widow at door of her cornstalk shack house.

Widow at door of her cornstalk shack house.

The houses that needed floors were up the side of a mountain and for one, we had to walk along an open sewer. And for each, we had to carry the bags of concrete, sand and stone. Tough, especially in the hot sun at an elevation of 7,600 feet.

But the Rosenberger team from “Light of Life Mennonite Church”, New Mexico, worked really hard with a great attitude.

Carrying sand & cement mix uphill

Carrying sand & cement mix uphill

Paco, James, Willy and Phil - first house finished!

Paco, James, Willy and Phil - first house finished!

School Kitchen – no food for the children?

April 3, 2009 by  
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No food for the kitchen?

No food for the kitchen?

The construction of the new school kitchen in our village is coming along. We received a generous donation from the Mike B family which will help pay for the roof struts and roof and floor and some other kitchen work.

The shame is that the school has announced that they now don’t have money to buy food for the school to feed the children.  This is really sad news because for many children, the one nutritious and hot meal of the day is the one they were receiving at school.