Today was a nice breezy day but it was still in the low 90s. It is the middle of the Nicaraguan summer after all. Our group split up into different work areas again today. Some worked at the pharmacy filling prescriptions, others painted walls inside the clinic, others cleaned leaves off the roof, and again people were working to finish laying concrete for the floors of the new clinic building. People did these shifts in the morning from 8:45 to 11:30 and then in the afternoon from 2 to 4:40. Most people rotated shifts to try different tasks through out the clinic.
During the workday, we encountered some challenges. The water in the clinic stopped working in the afternoon so students had to transport water from a well using buckets. The water from a hose was used to mix concrete. Later, the concrete mixer’s belt broke. A group of construction workers and students left the clinic to go to the JHC (Jubilee House Community) offices for a new belt. It was back up and running and the group was able to complete the concrete flooring of the two largest rooms and the hallway connecting them. We got to know the workers better and became more comfortable speaking Spanish with them. There were also many children there at the beginning of the day, who were curious to know what the construction work was. They even tried to help by pouring capfuls of water into the mixer.
At lunch we learned more about the Sandinista revolution from a native poet, Humberto Aviles Bermudes. He gave us the beautiful concept of Nicaragua as a poem that we are all helping to write. It is said that in Nicaragua everyone is born a poet until proven otherwise. Sandino, described by Bermudes as the father of the country, is the inspiration for a lot of Nicaraguan poets’ work. Sandino’s remains were never found but it is is said that he still lives on today through the liberated citizens of Nicaragua. Bermudes said that the spirit of Sandino is in the work that we are doing as a brigade to help the country. Eddy Lopez, one of the professors traveling with us, translated as Bermudes told us stories and read to us. Tomorrow we are touring Leon and also visiting a coffee co-operative, El Porvenir. We’re excited to see a different part of Nicaragua.
Ana, Isa, and Eunyque
P.S. If our day goes long tomorrow, we may push back our blog to the next day, so do not worry!