The work week
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Of course each day we woke up a little bit later and by the last day we didn't even get up in time for Breakfast. I guess thats what happens. We wore ourselves out. But the weeks experience was simply amazing. We had different goals from day to day. On the second day we had the trusses up on the roof and we were able to start constructing the interior walls while others began painting outside. During the work days we also were able to get to know the family who would be living in the house. I continue to share these stories with my students today. One of the local workers a met spoke 5 languages. This may be easy for some folks out there but it got me to raise my eyebrows and I get the same reaction out of my students in high school.
Working through the days we began to find ourselves a little behind. In the middle of the week we were in the process of mudding our dry wall when the dinner bell rang and we were told to hang it up for the day. But the habitat spirit had overtaken many of us and a good number of our team, along with a couple from another house joined in to help us out. Skipping dinner we worked until close to 8:00 that night. It was definately a long day, but it also got us back on schedule and because of that by noon on the last day of the project we were ready to hand over the keys to the proud homeowners of house number 990 in the 1,000 houses that were built all across Africa that month (and house 90 of the 100 build that week). Of course Jimmy Carter had to take the time to walk in all 100 houses before the keys could be handed over. He not only built one of the houses but he also went around to make sure all the houses were built up to standards. That also gave everyone an oppertunity to see the former president considering during the week we and him are all working hard on the homes.