How the time has flown by the past 5 weeks. It is hard to believe that we only have one more day left at the construction site and then the Nourish team will be going their separate ways, some to travel a little, visit family in Peru, go home, or stay to work on other projects in Peru. What has happened in the last couple of weeks? We will share highlights illustrated for you with some lovely pictures.
1. Much trench digging. With pickaxes, shovels, and these big metal rods, we spent more than 7 work days digging trenches to be the foundation of walls.
2. Plastering – the inside of the walls of the examination rooms that were previously built.
3. Painting – a beautiful Peruvian inspired mural for the area and the inside of the examination rooms. And of course, coming back to the hospedaje covered head to toe in paint speckles.
4. Visiting awesome archeological sites: Huaca de La Luna – and learning about the heritage of Peru.
5. Pouring concrete – to make floors for the examination rooms and foundations for the new walls. We are aiming for earthquake-proof construction with the depth of those foundations.
6. Conducting health fairs for two communities – We brought in various types of physicians to offer free examinatons, gave free hair cuts, and had booths of information and activities on the topics of nutrition, sanitation, and dental hygiene
7. Visiting major Peru attractions; Cuzco/Machu Pichu or Juaráz – Part of the team went on a longer trip to visit the amazing Andes mountains and hike some trails in Machu Pichu. The rest of the team spent a few days in the mountains to enjoy the outdoor activities in Juaráz.
8. Finally building up: Brick laying. Look at that progress! We are building an entrance, a triage room, and a hallway, off which will be bathrooms.
9. Resting. Because manual labor is tiring.