600 Photos - Feb 17, 2012
Photo: Fresh off the plane in Managua and onto the bus.  Omar provides a briefing...Photo: Photo: Our humble abode...Photo: Our chariot awaits outside the palace.Photo: Tuesday morning and we arrive at Project ChacocentePhoto: First view of "The Big House"Photo: Unloading from the bus and greeting the famlies.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Quick tour of the grounds...  This the elementary school, library, cafeteria, principal's office, etc.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Playground equipment outside classrooms (installed during our trip in 2010)Photo: Photo: This will become the science labPhoto: Omar talks about current events around the school and what we'll be working on.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Looking back toward the elementary school from the High School building.Photo: High School building (we worked on this during our 2011 trip).Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Kitchen at the elementary schoolPhoto: Photo: Photo: Principal's officePhoto: LibraryPhoto: Photo: Computer lab in libraryPhoto: Photo: Omar leads us on a quick tour of some of the homes.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Chatting about the homes and how Project Chacocente works to move families out of the dump.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Papaya trees (for food and to sell)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The well, pump, and water tanks.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Rather humble kitchenPhoto: Photo: Bath.Photo: Photo: Omar discusses some of the varieties of fruits grown.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Soccer "field" (fun when it rains)Photo: Photo: Lunch is cooking.Photo: Photo: One last shot before we get to work!Photo: Here's the area we'll turn into a break/lunch room for the High School.Photo: Photo: Photo: Start digging...Photo: Photo: Photo: Lunch breakPhoto: Photo: Photo: Now, move these 1200 blocks down by the construction area...Photo: Barry brings the tools.Photo: Photo: The brick pile starts to grow as the construction site gains definition.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: It's a lot of bricksPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Gotta sift the sand too!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Keep sifting!Photo: Photo: Photo: Keep trenching...Photo: "Tie" the steel reinforcement columnsPhoto: Photo: More sifting...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The kids get to play!Photo: Photo: Photo: That pile of sifted sand is getting bigger!Photo: Original pile of bricks is getting smaller...Photo: Pretty clear where the foundation is now.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Rigo keeps his sense of humor.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Now, start bringing the sand over to mix into concrete.Photo: Busy construction site.Photo: Mixing up concrete for the foundation.Photo: Photo: Final touches on the foundation trenchesPhoto: Not quite concrete yet...Photo: Photo: Still more bricks to move!Photo: Some of the kids play while...Photo: Photo: ... some of them help.Photo: Loading up the final bricks to move!Photo: Photo: And Pastor John declares the brick moving complete!Photo: Starting to pour the foundation.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: End of the work day -- dirtier but still smiling!Photo: Traffic on the way back to the hotel.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: "Suicide shower" -- electric water heater in  the shower head.  Yes, you do get shocked if you touch the wrong thing!Photo: Walking around Granada before dinner...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Colorful homes along the street.Photo: ... and some colorful charaters.Photo: Typical street scene (through the front of the bus).Photo: Morning of work day 2 -- riding on top of the bus for a change.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Walter!Photo: Duck!Photo: Kids painting rocks for Pastor John to take back to VUMC.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Back to work -- tie some steel.Photo: Finish the foundation trench.Photo: Mix more concrete.Photo: Photo: Photo: Recess (and a game of tag)Photo: Photo: Photo: Back to work...Photo: Foundation is coming along...Photo: If Juan Carlos says "thumbs up" we're happy!Photo: Photo: Photo: Look at all that sifted sand!Photo: Even the termites are busy.Photo: Photo: Mortar between the cracks.Photo: Please, please, please feed me!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Conga line to pass the bricks for placement.Photo: Andy re-sizes some of the foundation stones.Photo: More mortar between the cracks.Photo: Photo: The wall is going up!Photo: Photo: Progress shot at the end of day two.Photo: Full moon during dinner.Photo: Photo: Photo: Dinner.Photo: Some of the varieties of transportation.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Monument in MasayaPhoto: Photo: Victory billboard (hmmmph).Photo: Monument to the unknown soldiersPhoto: ... and, we're heading into the dump -- La Chureca.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Yes, people live here.  100's of them!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Our "security detail."Photo: Parked outside the school in the dump.Photo: The school is a bit of oasis in the middle of the dump.Photo: Photo: Over 300 kids from the dump attend school here.Photo: Photo: Photo: The 10 Commandments.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Packed classroomsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: The dump is right outside the wall.Photo: Photo: Photo: Talking with the administrators.Photo: Photo: Photo: Looking through artwork from the kidsPhoto: The artist and the buyer.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: And now we head off into the neighborhood on the edge of the dump...Photo: Photo: The home of Juan Carlos' mother.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Yes, those are pigs laying in the garbage.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Heading up toward the dump.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Lots of vultures.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Some of the new homes being built a bit away from the dump.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Zoom in on the new (replacement) homes.  Beats tin shacks and carboard...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: There are still plenty of kids in the dump.Photo: Combing through the piles of trash, searching for recycleables.Photo: Lake Managua (the dirt in the foreground is all landfill since 2010).Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Time to leave.Photo: Photo: Photo: Stopped for lunch for all the kids on the way back to ChacocentePhoto: That's a lot of chicken and fries...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Oops, ran out of plates.  Cups will have to do!Photo: "Really?  A cup of chicken?"Photo: Photo: Oops, ran out of chicken.  Sorry Juan Carlos!Photo: Doing the dishes.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Decorating for the High School Dedication ceremony.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: 1st of three pinatasPhoto: Photo: Photo: Homemade fireworks!Photo: Photo: Photo: Performances from the kids.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: ... and the teachers.Photo: Ribbon cutting ceremonyPhoto: Photo: Time to kill the pinata!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Kellie at the wall she and Taylor helped build last year.Photo: Photo: Another pinata down...Photo: Oh no, Mickey!Photo: For some reason I get sick pleasure from this.Photo: Photo: Present from the kids.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Soccer game before heading off for dinner.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Work day #3, Pastor John pounding rocks...Photo: Photo: More mortar and bricks!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Progress at the the end of the day.Photo: Crafts fair!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: John pounding more rocks...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Juan Carlos and Rodolfo seem happy with the progress!Photo: Another tour of the houses we missed the first day.Photo: PlantainsPhoto: Puppies!Photo: Backyard kitchen.Photo: Photo: Eva's bedroom,Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The room we built in 2010!Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Do pineapples grow in trees?Photo: Nope.Photo: Photo: Pigs in field.Photo: Chacocente 2?Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: That's a big papaya (and it tasted great!)Photo: Photo: Store in the Big House.Photo: Photo: Pastor John climbing the water tower for some dramatic shots.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Multiple cameras taking our group shot...Photo: Group shot!Photo: The families...Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Dinner with the famlies before we leave.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Gifts for the famlies