For two weeks now Greg and I have been living on site in one of the family homes. The initial reasons were plenty; we had/have big groups moving into the house in Tecpan, the container with all our tools has been moved down into the Children’s Village (more isolated than up top near the road) and we are feeling ready to have some more personal space again. We will live here until the application to receive children has been processed.
The houses are close to being completed but when you live in an incomplete house you quickly figure out what works and what doesn’t. This, now is another reason for being here, that we hadn’t considered. Start using bathrooms and pretty quickly you find that leaky pipe, that drain in the wrong place, etc. The floors have yet to be complete and so for now, we are living on the compacted dirt floor.
In the beginning we lived in the bedroom without curtains or doors. Now we have both. Thanks to Charlene Wee and her friends we have a solar hot water panel on the house! Back in Vancouver, Charlene and her friends held a wine-tasting fundraiser in support of Project Somos. Until a few days ago we had hot running water but no cold! We had to haul buckets of cold from the hose into the house, mix it with the hot and have a “bucket bath”.
Our kitchen is outdoors on the patio and is made up of three tables, two shelves, a stove and a fridge. Tubs of water are filled and transported to the kitchen for washing up. When there isn’t wind, it is heavenly working in that kitchen. With wind we get to battle flying bowls, endless dust and the propane stove being blown out.
Maureen and Corey have now moved into the other house for the duration of their stay and with their help, we are working to get these houses completed. Step by step they are becoming wonderful homes that will soon be places full of warmth and love for the children that will live here.