Nicaragua, land of volcanoes and lakes.
2011 is an election year in Nicaragua and Daniel Ortega is running again...
James and Kim at Laguna de Apoyo the day before going to the work site.
Volunteers are greeted by residents of Las Ceibitas where we worked. Our group had the honor of building the first house in Las Ceibitas.
Angela (15), Scarleth (12), Selenia (7), Jose, and Celia (the Garcia Gomez family) standing on the site of their new house on Monday, March 7, 2011.
The existing/old house.
Kim uses the "macana" to dig the house foundation (1.2 meters deep!)
Selenia and her 2 cousins who live next door.
Jairo, "el jefe" -- a boss of the masons, after the foundation was poured.
Wilmer ("Taz") and Daniel set string for laying block.
Richard passes block to Angelo (and on to Kim...)
Kim lays mortar for the first course of block.
John uses the "diablo" to place mortar between blocks.
Nancy using a "diablo" to place mortar between blocks.
Don Carlos instructs his new apprentice Kim.
Tony, master builder, and Nanette placing blocks.
We were 11 volunteers from NY, PA, and Washington, DC.
"Taz" and his son.
Kim and kids at the school during the "Fiesta de la Mujer"
Nanette, Dayanna (8), and Jennifer (8) jump rope at the school after work.
Kim with kids at school one morning.
James, Gerald (8), and Angelo. In 2010, James and Angelo helped build Gerald's house.
One of countless cement mixes (all by hand!).
Taz and Tony on the scaffold installing wood formwork for the ridge beams. (Daniel on a ladder outside the house).
Volunteers, masons, the Garcia Gomez family, and community members after day 4 working together, with four walls complete!
Selenia gave Kim several of her paintings!
Selenia's paintings tell the story best.
James with Helen, Tanya, Gerald, Rudy, and Maria Elena, in the house James helped build for them in 2010.
Nanette, Angelo and James with Helen's family, in front of the house they worked on in 2010. It was so special to see them again. They have such pride in their home.
Bridges volunteers have had the pleasure of watching Senorita Orozco dance since she was a little girl.
Lots of dancing during the house inauguration!
Bonnie, (Bridges Site Coordinator for Masaya), dancing with kids at the inauguration.
Marimba and guitar provided the music for the inauguration party.
These young kids danced beautifully for Bridges volunteers, (and also performed last year).
What house inauguration would be compete without a piñata?!
At the end of the week, the house was complete except for two windows and two doors.
The Garcia Gomez family (with volunteer Tony), proudly posing in front of their new house on Friday, March 11, 2011.