The breeze made the work comfortable and the beauty of the place and the goodness of the people made it even easier.
|Picture from Paul McGininity|
An ice cream wagon came by and to end our little break from the work, many of us enjoyed cool, refreshing popsicles or ice cream sandwiches. We all looked like little children enjoying the surprise visit of the ice cream truck.
The after brought us a the loud putt,putt, putt of cement mixer. For the next 2 hours 20 bags of cement was mixed, scooped into buckets, passed from hand to hand and finally poured into the foundation blocks. It was hard work but the hard work of so many made it go easily. Of course when we got a break many would break out into a little dance with music from huge speaker Eduardo brought.
We finished our work and then headed to Casa del Migrante, which is a center run by the Scallibrini Fathers which cares for the migrants of the world. Most of the people in the Center have been deported from the US. We were given an orientation and then ate with the residents of center. There were currently about 100 people living in the center, all planning their next steps. They talked wistfully of their wives and children back in the states. Others resigned to the fact that getting back is going to be hard and will do their best to make a living here in Mexico. Most of our participants agreed it was the most significant part of the trip. (later today I'll get some pictures up of our visit.)
We head out soon to our work site, so I need to get going!