Monday, May 17, 2010
After 5 weeks in Timor
What happened this week 15/05/10
Last Sunday we spent at home with the kids having a rest and recovering from sickness. Samuel went to the morning Catholic service next door but the priest did not come. They sang some songs, said some prayers and read from the Bible and finished up early. Serenity has just got a fever and we expect it to last another 4-5 days. On Sunday afternoon (being mother's day) Samuel splashed out and bought a chook to make a roast dinner in a simple Dutch oven - check out the video. Cynthia has been working on a sewing project and is trialling her ideas with Nilda and asking other ladies who are interested for their opinions. Sunday being mother's Day, Cynthia had a go at cooking her first loaf of bread but had a bit of trouble with the whole yeast thing.
Samuel's week has been spent a little like this:
Monday - preparing plywood and timber for Soraya's cupboards at a Christian school.
Tuesday - going to Hera to install the cupboard's with Anen and Julio. Tuesday night pulling out the radiator that sprung a leak and teaching Timorese how to solder the radiator
Wednesday - putting the radiator back in to find another leak, getting supplies for the Nazarene Church in the truck (steel, timber, tools etc), leaving on a 3 day trip to inspect 2 different projects: water with World Vision in Baucau and the Nazarene Training Centre in Los Palos Its a 7 hour drive to Los Palos.
Thursday - Inspecting World Vision water projects to potentially resolve some water issues (they are considering employing Samuel), Going on to Los Palos and marking out the foundations and setting up a building team.
Friday - return home, swim, mark out foundations for new micro-finance project with Anen, seeing a neighbour who is about to die and spending time with his family.
Saturday - fixing up the radiator again, meeting with Timorese builder, family time, internet.
I suppose it was a busy week but it didn't seem too bad except for being away from family.
It was great to lay out the foundations for the very exciting Los Palos Training Centre project. They have the land and the money and are ready to go. Last week I said to them that I could not take on their project but that I would help wherever I could. It was very hard for me to say "no" to them and "yes" to World Vision. But after we made the decision, the Los Palos guys rang me up and said an American was happy to come over for 3 weeks. So we've cooked up a crazy plan to get a Timorese builder to work with the Los Palos church to lay a foundation. The American will then, with help, erect the walls, then I'll storm in and whack on the roof with the Tweed Heads Salvo crew (I haven't told them yet - it'll be tough living conditions). I slept Thursday night at Los Palos. Last time I was with my family and had the best room and mattress. This time, on my own, I got demoted to the dank youth centre which smelt damp and musty and had mozzies flying around with no nets. I slept on a very thin, well-used "kapok" mat made from fluffy seeds a little like cotton buds. I was woken at 4am to leave for Dili - 7 hours away.