Day 4 of build (Thursday, 19 Nov 2009)
during our days at the build site, lunch breaks were anticipated..
we get to run away from the UV rays from the sunlight,
dust that fly into our eyes and noses - no thanks to the wind..
sit under the shade and enjoy that one hour!
these stalls are set-up by villagers from nearby..
these kids are always yelling "2 for 1 dollar"
then they'll show their puppy-cute face..
there was once i heard "4 for 1 dollar".. pretty desperate huh?
after the walls are up, it was time for the roof..
the work is done by skilled workers and experienced volunteers..
we don't want any accidents or leaky roof!
house leaders and members need to follow the guidelines provided..
the gaps, the thickness and height were discussed during meetings..
this is to ensure all houses have the standard design.. =)
for people like me, who are not much help for the roof..
we do the painting - with bright yellow oil-based paint!!!
Day 5 of build (Friday, 20 Nov 2009)
the thick coat of paint has constricted some of the holes..
so it gave us some trouble while fixing them on..
we had to match them correctly as the holes had different diameters!
it was picture time after everything was done
and while waiting for the house dedication ceremony to commence..
up next is the house dedication ceremony..
it's a simple yet meaningful ceremony for all of us..
the home-owners, volunteers and staff members..
it's like the highlight of the week!
we had a performance by famous Cambodian deejay, DJ Khlaing
together with his unnamed best friend..
they wrote and sang a song specially for this Mekong Build 2009!
all volunteers were supposed to get a free CD of it..
but i have yet to received it.. it's a great song! enjoy~ =)
the blessing ceremony where all of us threw flower buds
to the new-homeowners.. and released birds to signify freedom,
and most likely a new beginning for them..
both home owners and volunteers gave a 2 minute speech..
with the help of a translator of course..
you could see tears from both parties after that!
it was indeed a moment to savour!
with my family: Vanneth, It Noy, Thavy and Phally..
they have like another 4 more family members staying here!
they are an Australian couple actually bought this piece of land..
where Sra Pra Village with these 21 houses are built on..
it all started 4 years ago, when they were visiting the dumpsite..
Paul who has polio since birth, fell from the tuk-tuk he was on..
2 boys rush to the scene and helped to carry him up..
one of them was my home owners' son, Vanneth..
their kindness touched Paul's heart..
and he was determined to find a new place for the families there!
the Kiwis also performed their Hakka dance..
it was funny to see the guys striping of their shirts on stage!
that's all for now.. wait for the final part! *jeng jeng jeng*