Here's Chebi with her husband and three kids:
And here's my friend Kashav, standing in the mud pit. I think this is before he snuck up on me and left a muddy handprint on my shirt:
Here I am with some of the kids in the guava tree. I had the honor of being the first and only injury on the job site. I accidentally ran into a limb of the guava tree. The medical staff on duty tood it very seriously and bandaged me up while all the villagers stood watch.
The kids loved being in pictures, and then seeing themselves on the digital cameras. Front right in the picture below is a 'neighbor kid' named Madhuri, who was quite the Diva, as you can see. She was also really bright. She would continually surprise me by sneaking in an English word when you least expected it: One day, sitting in the guava tree, she counted to 70 in English.
Here's the house on Day 2:
And on Day 3:
And on the last day of building:
While we didn't finish this particular house, the team did finish one of the houses which we dedicated on the last day. Each of the eight houses were in various states of completion at the start. We did have a 'dedication ceremony' and decorated the house to make it look festive. Madhuri decorated the ground in front of the house with rangoli-- a design in colored powders in the sand:
The last day of the build was very sad for me. I wanted another week with the kids, another week to work on the house. Leaving the village and saying goodbye was difficult.
The kids waving goodbye on the last day: