Here's my journal entry that appeared on Delta Net during the build:
I woke up this morning ready to go build! I was really looking forward to today because I felt like I knew what I was doing, as opposed to yesterday when I felt very clueless. Even the children in the village laughed at my confusion. In general, there is a lot more confidence exhibited by everyone today, and it feels like much more work is getting done.
I think my favorite part so far is laughing with the children and trying to communicate. Some of the older ones know a few words of English, and like practicing them. Today, one brought me a bucket of the mud we are using for mortar. When I said “thank you” she replied “it’s all right” and laughed. The kids also like to pose for pictures with us and then see themselves on the screen of the digital cameras. Today, a couple of the boys picked up baby goats to accentuate our group photo.
It is amazing to me how self-sufficient the village is. There is a direct line between the work the villagers do and the necessities of life: food, water, and shelter. We see them salt-curing peppers for the months to come, beating millet to make food, carrying wood to cook their meals. It is not just work—it is a matter of survival. Somehow, it makes the daily obstacles I face in the office seem quite small.