Highlights from Team Journal Entry for Monday, July 13
This morning our team bonded over breakfast and drinking fresh blackberry juice. During our team meeting each member had to say four to five statements about ourselves in Spanish to the team. Kudos to the team for “rockin’” the homework assignment.
We then traveled through Calderón to our site where we were greeted by the guard dog at the daycare. We all had concerns with her walking to the edge of the roof with no wall to protect her from falling off. Kelly suggested a bone for the dog to keep her occupied and content during the labor project. Once over the concern, we had our tour and got down to business.Half of the team was assigned to the labor project to move cinder blocks from the top of the roof and then bring 500 new blocks to the roof to build the wall around the perimeter. Well, we all witnessed a woman of strength! She carried at least three to five cinder blocks on her back from the roof to the ground floor. You would think that nothing could top that but the coming together of a few parents, volunteers, and tías (who sacrificed their conversational English class) to get the cinder blocks to the third floor was awesome! Those cinder blocks made their way to the roof by way of assembly line. Team work at its best! Other volunteers like myself were taking care of the children. What a joy feeding the one-year-old babies while they also sat lined up in a sort of assembly line or helping the two or three-year-olds to stay in their seats and eat their meal.
Sounds of active children filled the air – some were playing happily and others were crying, one in particular was louder than the rest due to being new to the daycare environment. I gave him extra care and nothing touches you more when a small child jumps in your lap and gives you kisses because you are spending time with them. Endearing moment for sure.The thrills of the day include taking care of the children, talking with the teachers (shall we say charades and/or use of Spanish cheat sheets), working as a team to complete phase one of the labor project, and spending time together exploring the city. What we did today will be just as special tomorrow and the day after that because we will make a conscious effort to continue what we started – to serve in any way possible for the children of Ecuador.
Entry submitted by: Dana
Message of the Day – Maggie: “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.