Today started with breakfast at 7:30. Shortly after we headed down to the IRC to contribute to the building and development of a new house for a remote community. The foundation of the house was built out of rocks, which the team, along with local IRC members, collected off the face of the volcano.
The climb, although short, was steep, tiring, tough and sweaty – but with wonderful and breathtaking views. We carried and transferred rocks to the house site and built what was going to be the foundation. We saved the locals five hours of strenuous work, climbing up and down the mountain face carrying rocks twice the size of our heads.
After this we ate lunch and then we headed off to the IRC to say our final goodbyes. Although this experience was rewarding, the afternoon was an emotional rollercoaster for a majority of the team as we had to farewell the local people we had befriended throughout the trip. We played volleyball, ‘kick up’, basketball, and emotionally invested in the members of IRC. Balloons were made, but most importantly, memories were made which will be forever cherished by ALL of us here at the college and all the kids at IRC.
This afternoon our hearts bled sorrow as we were faced with saying goodbye.
“Goodbye isn’t forever, it’s until we meet again.”
After an emotional afternoon we were able to come back to Beulah-Land where we were greeted with the smiling faces of the owners and workers who had set up an outside area for us all to learn to cook, eat dinner and relax in each others’ company. As Zac and I sit here writing the blog we are beyond blessed to be in the presence of an amazing sunset and the beautiful view of the volcano – a view we will all never forget. We were able to learn to make food (spring rolls, noodle dishes, chicken with ham & cheese, watermelon carving and hotdogs) and eat it in the company of all those we have had the blessing to know.
Day 9 was tough but a rewarding day for everyone involved in the collage, the children and the members of IRC. We had to say our good byes, as difficult as saying goodbye was we got to see the wonderful bonds we made with the kids, we got to help the less fortunate. Most of all we saw that we had made a difference in the community of Cabacungan.
Tenika and Zac