We’re two days into our five-day Habitat build and enjoying every minute. We’re working outside the tiny seaside town of Paradones for Christopher’s family. Christopher is 18 months old and has never been home from the hospital due to several serious medical conditions. His mother travels three hours several times a week to visit him, and his sister, brother and grandparents want nothing more than to bring him home–and that’s our goal.
The municipality in which the family lives constructed a house for them, but it was never finished and didn’t take into account the family’s special needs. For the past two days, we’ve torn down walls to create a new floor plan, hung siding, sanded and painted, framed new walls and installed the ceiling. There’s still much work to be done, but we’re energized by the progress we’ve made.
We’ve already formed strong bonds with the family–members of our group have picked fruit and vegetables and helped prepare meals, and Vincente, Christopher’s six-year-old brother doesn’t know quite what to do with so many eager playmates.
We’re looking forward to the next three days…but for now, it’s time for empanadas!