Last Thursday we set out to start a new rubble site. As we approached the home we saw the owner standing out on the street waiting for us, he eagerly waved us in. The 4 room house had been built in 2001, was constructed with a mix of brick and mud brick, and was home to a multi-generational family. The owner quickly chopped down a few trees to make room for the rubble and brick piles and we got to work leveling out a new home site. We only had 5 volunteers on our AHV team, but once our driver and the family joined in we were 10 strong and made an incredibly efficient and hard working crew.
The site is located in a quiet neighborhood at the edge of Kathamndu and there is a giant golden Buhdda who watches over us as we work. Besides the sounds of our rubble clearing crew the area is quite peaceful. Our first day we lucked out because it hadn’t rained too much making the mud easier to move and it was overcast. I can only hope this luck will last.
Our luck with the weather unfortunately did not last and the next time I worked at this site it was blazing hot allllllllll day.
Next I joined a rubble crew that had almost finished leveling a home site the previous work day. When we arrived, after the weekend, the family had dug a huge trench to extract a pile a large rocks that made up part of the former foundation, so the leveling started again.
The family was such a kick to work with. The funniest part of the day was when the matriarch decided to guess our ages. She was almost dead on with all the women, but was wildly off with the men. Especially with Will because apparently the taller you are the older you must be.
Now I’m off to check out the 50 Homes project.
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