Community visit

View of town from the second story of the Habitat homes

View of town from the second story of the Habitat homes

Our local coordinator took us to a section where people were still living in the shacks alongside Habitat homes under construction. We received such a warm, generous welcome. The kids were fantastic, greeting us with an adorable dance to ‘Gangham style’ artist Psy. Then we shared with them the various gifts we’d brought. The hula hoops were a big hit. Other kids really enjoyed face-painting, jumping rope, and playing ball. Their energy and warmth were infectious. I was schooled in a variety of grade school hand clapping games.

The multifamily homes under construction are two stories high. Each unit was essentially one large living space with a walled off area for a bath, and an outdoor laundry area about the size of a shower stall. We climbed to the 2nd story and overlooked the village. Off in the distance, the glossy, high rise business complexes contrasted sharply against the tin roofs of the slums.

I saw so many juxtapositions on happiness and humanity that I am still processing the experience. The best I can do is to share some of the images of the day.

The children here were so open hearted

The children here were so open hearted

With the children

With the children

These two got a kick out of having their picture taken, and I loved taking them

These two got a kick out of having their picture taken, and I loved taking them

Several of the kids remained in their homes, curiously watching through their doorways

Several of the kids remained in their homes, curiously watching through their doorways

Watching from a distance

Watching from a distance

Face painting

Face painting

Hula fun

Hula fun

MIchelle (volunteer) showing off her mad hula hoop skilz

MIchelle (volunteer) showing off her mad hula hoop skilz

Playing a clapping game.  This little girl was such a patient teacher and so sweet with her little sister.

Playing a clapping game. This little girl was such a patient teacher and so sweet with her little sister.

Habitat multi-family home (still under construction)

Habitat multi-family home (still under construction)

View from second story on the Habitat home.  The new building in the distance was just one of dozens of high rise construction projects surrounding the slumes

View from second story on the Habitat home. The new building in the distance was just one of dozens of high rise construction projects surrounding the slumes

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