by Juliette ’18
Today we woke up around 6:20 a.m. and had breakfast at 7:00 a.m. After breakfast, we departed for the community center where we continued our work from the day before. We began with shoveling dirt and then quickly shifted to forming an assembly line with the women of the village to transport rubble from a demolished building. We passed large pieces of concrete down the line and eventually discarded them into a ditch to create the foundation for a new building. The work was exhausting and hot, but in my opinion, it was preferable to digging and shoveling. It was wonderful to see the work that can be accomplished when a community comes together. The people in the village were all invested in the goal of building a new communal cooking area, thus improving the quality of life for all the inhabitants of the village. We took a break for lunch around 11:30 a.m. After lunch, Paige, Tommy and I went shopping in town. The afternoon heat was really intense and it took a lot of effort to mentally prepare for the hours of work ahead of us. We returned to work around 2:00 p.m. As predicted, the afternoon work proved to be grueling mainly because of the heat. We returned to the house at 5:00 p.m. and I took a nap while others went out shopping, exploring in town. We all regrouped for dinner. Everyone enjoyed the delicacy of fried grasshoppers. I was surprised how easy it was to eat grasshoppers if I didn’t look at them closely. Exhausted, we went to bed early, around 8:30 p.m.!