Hello readers, how are you today? I hope you’re doing well, a lot of us here are either sunburnt, bug bitten or somehow perfectly fine. Your bloggers for today are Alyssa , Emily and Makenna . Today was our first day spent as a split up group. Ten students went to Ransom café and the other 20 went to the Habitat for Humanity site. The wake up time was 6:30 if you were going to spend the day with Habitat for Humanity or 7:15 if you were going to spend the day at Ransom café.
Emily and Makenna spent the day with Habitat for Humanity and Alyssa spent the day at Ransom café, we will each be telling you about our days at the different sites.
Hey! Emily and Makenna here, today we spent the day working on one of Habitat for Humanity’s work sites. We arrived at the site in Mobile around 8am “bright eyed and bushy tailed”. We had no clue what was in store for us, but we were open to do anything. The day began with getting some brief instructions from Marcie, the supervisor. We got on our gloves, hard hats and grabbed our hammers and were ready to rock n’ roll. We spent most of the day preparing the house to prepare soffits. Houses here are constructed little differently here than in Canada. We knew it was going to be a hot day because after fifteen minutes we were all sweating like pigs. It’s amazing how hot it gets so quickly, especially when your swinging them hammers. Most of our crew had never done anything like this before, but by the end most seemed to get the hang of it and were becoming more and more efficient workers. We spent a lot of the day standing on scaffolding and looking upwards to pound nails into the overhang of the roof. (This explains all the burnt noses and sore necks.) What we didn’t mention before was we did everything by hand, no air guns or screwdrivers but we did have a table saw and a skill saw. It was a very well spent day we all worked as one big team and everybody had jobs they needed to complete. We were one big oiled machine! We may have ended the day with some bruised fingers and sunburns, but all in all it was a fantastic day!
Now its Alyssa’s turn. Our day started a little later than the Habitat for Humanity group. We had to do some gratis (chores) around the camp for the first part of the day. We swept, vacuumed, took out garbage’s and did the breakfast dishes. We completed our tasks pretty quickly and still had about an hour and a half of free time before we had to leave at 9:30 to make it to Ransom. That free time was spent napping. It was about a fifteen-minute drive to one of the many Ransom café locations, our group was separated into two different groups. One of the groups (the one I was in) started out in the café. Our task was simple; if you weren’t serving food, go talk to someone. We had a pretty steady amount of people come in for the first hour before we switched off with the other group. The other group was cleaning the “Clean Machine”, a mobile trailer that has two showers, three washers and dryers and two toilets and sinks. This trailer will drive around Mobile (the city, just to be clear) and allows homeless people to clean themselves. When my group went outside we walked around the property picking up garbage and taking little breaks to play on the Merry-Go-Round. After we finished that task we went back inside to eat some lunch of our own. We all sat at different tables and talked to the other people eating lunch there. I sat with a 73 year old man who had driven across Canada, stayed in every state, and insisted that Seoul, Korea, had the best shopping in the world. He also talked to me about how he was brought up with the knowledge of both Christianity and the Islamic faith, study’s both of them by reading the Bible and the Quran, and makes his own conclusions about faith instead of going to church. We got to celebrate an 80 year-old mans birthday with him and got to hear some more wonderful and tragic stories. After cleaning up the lunch dishes we headed back to Camp Christian and helped prepare supper. We listened to music, laughed, learned how to cut pineapples and added a ridiculous amount of powder to make our juice taste ‘up to par’.