At 3 , the men slowly drift towards the pit where water has been dumped from a truck. They have been in the process of building the well house but it isn’t quite ready yet. Since sophisticated power tools and expert labor are not available , construction goes at ¼ of the speed it does in the US for instance. We can’t risk installing the water pump until it will be protected by walls, a roof and a steel door. By the time they pack themselves in the back of the pick-up truck, all 25workers look clean and fresh, ready to face their families without a trace of the hard hard work they have just accomplished during the entire day. They do get prestige in their neighborhoods from being hired to work with foreigners on a construction project but that and their small salarIes ( small by US standards= $15/day ) seems to be little compensation for the tremendous effort they have been exerting six days a week since March 15.
I have to remember that our work ( Ray training them, directing the construction, my bi-lingual administration, the gathering of grants and support) has given these 36 men ( among whom six are orphans from NDL) a way to earn a living as we are building this new home and school for the 90 children of Maud’s Maison Notre Dame de Lourdes.
What I appreciate the most? Their good humor... their cheerfulness and laughters..