Although it is kind-of sad to see them go, the last Builders Beyond Borders group has come and gone, and now I will be back to the Dominican pace of life. We had a very succesful 5.5 days of work. We put around 1400 ft. of pipe in the group, put up the walls of our solar community center, and put the roof on! I have to say that the community center was the most fun I have had in a while. It reminded me of my Habitat days in college, measuring wood, cutting, and nailing. We went with a roof design that was a mezcla of Dominican and American styles. Half of the roof beams were trusses made to American standards and the other half were just beams coming down from the main roof beam. Thats how most Dominican houses are made(and the main beam usually bends down, but doesn't fall, and that seems fine to them!) But when the trusses were up and the roof was on it just made me extremely proud. I showed them a new way to do things, and they questioned and fought back against me every step of the way. But in the end they all said it was a pretty design and I "know too much". Also, on the last day we sent water across my new big bridge and through all of the pipes the kids put in, to the other side of the river. Everything went to plan and we opened a faucet more than an hour walk from the water source! It was the first water to ever come out of a faucet on that side of the river, and I was proud that my bridge didn't even seem to budge. All in all, life is good right now. I am an extremely lucky human being. It makes me feel great to be here, alive, and living.
New Education Project: Casa Ben Linder
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