Our final day working at the clinic was bittersweet. The morning was filled with painting metal beams for the roof, along with substantial advancements to the walls of the x-ray room. In the afternoon we worked together to mix and pour concrete into wooden molds on the top of the walls. Working with the concrete as a group was a great way to come together for our last time at the clinic. As everyone was taking pictures to remember the work we’ve done it was easy to see the progress we had made in our short three weeks here.
When we first arrived at the clinic it was difficult to picture what the building would end up looking like; however, in our time working we added several walls, doorways, and additional support. While there’s still a lot of work to be done, we left today with a greater sense of what the third building of the clinic will look like. Knowing we helped the few construction workers with the large tasks at hand was a unique and rewarding experience for all of us, and the friendships made with the workers were unexpected, but only enhanced our time in Nueva Vida.
With only one day left of activities, we are all trying to savor our time here. We are all grateful for the experiences and life lessons we were fortunate enough to learn while working at the clinic alongside some of the best people.
With love from Nica,
Halie and Nicole