Work site photos – The bunkhouse site
Yesterday afternoon and today, I’ve been working at a site where we are building temporary housing. It’s a joint project between many different groups, including All Hands. These are not meant to be permanent housing areas, just place where people who have lost their homes can stay for a while.
The building materials are not of high quality; we’ve found it a challenge to find beams and boards that are anywhere in the vicinity of straight. It’s not easy to put together something strong and safe with warped wood. The particular building my group is working on today is the only structure on the site where the floor is two different levels. Rather than even out the (very) rolling ground, it was decided to make a sort of bi-level building. The two levels are only one step’s difference, but it’s been a headache to work around. It’s been said a few times on site that this house is being made with LOTS of love, and a few loving mistakes.
The units are SMALL. They are a little smaller than a small bedroom. Entire families will claim a single unit. It’s very tiny, but people here make the most of the tiny space.
The area where we are working is near a bunch of little ramshackle houses. There are hundreds of children running around, and they love to say hi to us when we pass by. Some of them are absolutely adorable.
I tried to take some photos of the housing where they live, but only one really turned out well.
It’s very hot today, but there’s a nice breeze blowing. Everyone is really appreciative of the wind, because otherwise, the sun just BEATS down on you. Hydration is a MUST. We drink water constantly. Dehydration is a real danger, and something they are constantly trying to prevent.
I’m off to lunch, with the crowing of the roosters and laughter of fellow volunteers as my background soundtrack.