This morning was just as routine as any other. When we arrived to the Batey we split into painting and construction groups. The painting group started to paint all the concrete windows pink and the concrete base of the house blue. The construction group started to hammer in the siding panels onto the house. In order to reach the higher panels we had to build a tall platform out of scrap wood and left over concrete blocks. Eventually we moved up onto the second floor and worked our way up from there. This process took up all morning.
After lunch, we arrived back to find a large pile of unpainted side paneling. We had to quickly set up more paint stations in our area from yesterday and immediately start painting all these boards so that they had time to dry. As a distraction for the kids so that they gave us some space to work on this task quickly, a group of us took them away to do craft activities such as bead bracelets and necklace making and face painting. By the end of this a whole pirate ship crew had been made and many kids had presented us with gifts of bead jewelry.
Once more of the siding was complete, the student volunteers gathered the kids of Los Robles and had all of them sign our BRP shirts with sharpies. At the end of the day, the house was complete except for windows, the main door, and interior details.
Kelly and Mansi