Costa Rica Day 3 Recollection
Hard work would be my description of day three in Costa Rica. To start off the day we had delicious scrambled eggs with ham, toast, and strawberry juice to help be prepared to conquer the day. We were immediately getting ready to go to the Nutritional Centre which is a secondary project that we are doing until we can go to the orphanage on Wednesday to start painting 11 houses! But, Luis said we will most likely not finish all 11 houses in 7 days but he will get another group to finish what we started if we cannot finish. So once at the Nutritional Centre we were introduced to the staff and they told us the background story behind the centre and it turns out they get zero funding from the government but receive money from the local lottery and they ask for donations of food from richer people and businesses. We then started on the walls in teams. My team consisted of Mrs. Dorman, myself, Eric Jones, Sadie Reed, Jessica Makepeace, Katie, and Leigh. First we taped around all the corners and then started using fine brushes and rollers to paint the walls. I eventually was demonstrating why people had paint all over them which was not a smart move and was smeared with paint because you spin the roller and the paint flings off, not my finest moment! We had two walls to cover so we then went to the second wall while the first coat dried on the first wall. Once both were done we had lunch which consisted of Cassava, and rice and beans and more rice and beans! Lunch then ended and we started the second coat on both walls which we finished with ease and then we were confused because we were supposed to be playing with the children from two till three and the staff inquired and turns out there was a fatal accident yesterday or Sunday, July 31 that involved a 17 year old boy from the community so all the children were preparing for the funeral. The cool part we saw in the tragedy was that the community of 300 people are rallying behind the family and are all there for support which was absolutely beautiful.
I would personally like to ask a favour from everybody that reads my blog to keep that 17 year old boy in your thoughts and prayers through this week.
So we ended up leaving early and got a head start on showering which took me a while since I was covered in paint and then some relaxation time until dinner which consisted of meat patties and corn chips with lemonade which was delicious!
After we got a lesson from Luis in Spanish Language arts or as he called it a "Spanish lesson"
And now I am just heading to bed at 10:33 pm, August 1st, with a full day ahead of me.