Today we had a blessed day on the job site. We finished roofs, siding calking and one porch. Tomorrow we’ll do interior walls and painting and have the dedication ceremonies at 3 pm. This week has been so amazing to see an entire community come together. Habitat will continue its work here building latrines for each home, wells and then next year more homes to complete the community of 500 in Santo. What a blessing for these families to move from tents into an actual home that can grow with their family. Even neater is the fact that they can expand their homes with the skills they learned this week working alongside us. We have be blessed as well as they teach us their language and cultures. What a great way to share.
Today we finished roofs and almost finished siding both homes. Last night Garth and Trisha performed a little fireside entertainment for us. The work is hard, but very rewarding. There are some really neat vendors in our camp in the evenings. They have amazingly colorful artwork, carvings and handmade jewelry. Our group eats dinner last tonight…boy do we really earn our food, I’m starving. We met a sweet little boy named Barry, he’s three and is the child for one of the homeowners to be.
Today we had a special guest visitor, President Martelli. He thanked us for all that we are doing for the Haitian people. He promised that his country would continue to help the people in the rebuilding process.
We finished hurricane clips on both houses, starting the Hardie siding. Tomorrow, we will put on the tin roofs. It’s been hot, but we’re staying hydrated. Tonight I hear Garth Brooks will sing for us after dinner. He’s really sunburned, but Trisha is staying under her hat. The Carters house is going well.
Our families are hanging in there with us and are very excited.
The homes are 14 x 14 and 200 sq.ft. They are just a one room home, but it is better than most of the population here have.
Will give you another update tomorrow.
Its quite hot here, cold showers and the tents are OK, we have fans and mosquito nets, but the heat is still bearing on the job site.
Talk to you again tomorrow.
Its 6:30 a.m. and we are awaiting the bus to the airport along with about 200 other people. Jim was on the 6:00 a.m. Flight. Luckily, we weren’t. We enjoyed a nice hot breakfast, hot showers and great company.
Tonight we had an amazing opening ceremony featuring Former president Jimmy Carter and Rosalyn Carter. They will be documenting our progress this week at habitat.org/cwp/2011
5 days, 400 volunteers, 100 new houses, 34 1/2 acres of field comprising the Santo work site, 4 Carters-Jimmy, Rosalynn, Chip and Jeff, 200 sq.ft. In each Habitat house, 27 years Habitat has been working in Haiti, 2 Delta flights chartered from Atlanta to Port-au-Prince. 7.0 magnitude of the earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, 50,000 Haitian families Habitat has pledged to assist over five years.
We are on the plane in DFW heading to Atlanta with many other Habitaters.
Jim Peters, Celeste Haiduk Cox, and David Cox will travel to Haiti with 500 volunteers and Jimmy & Rosalyn Carter to build 100 homes for Haitians.