Today´s morning was much like most others. I woke up, showered, and ate breakfast. I had Fruitloops. It may sound boring to most in the United States, but it was different and nice when eating them in Nicaragua. The group met at 9am and loaded the bus for our overnight in El Chile. When we got to El Chile, we stopped at Vernon´s house to unload the materials needed for the rebuilding of his roof. Those who were working on this project stayed here as well as the people working on painting the weaving co-op. They helped bring the materials from the road down to Vernon´s house. My group went up to the school to install the water system. We ate lunch on the way to the school since we were a little behind schedule. We then started installing the water system with some of the parents whos kids attend the school. Once our business was finished here, my group went to the weaving co-op to help paint. This project went well and the building looked very nice. The process went quickly and smoothly. During the painting process I got a chance to call home, it was the first time since I´ve been in the country that I talked to my family. Although we have had internet access, phone calls are always nice because they are more personal. Once we were done painting for the day I played baseball with one of the kids who lived nearby. It was a lot of fun, even though the group was saying he played better than I did.
Soon after this, the rest of the group met us at the weaving co-op for dinner. We had a delicious soup made by one of the families who lived near the building. After dinner, our new host families came to meet us and brought us to their home. I knew that it wasn´t going to be like the homes in San Ramon because of the rural location we were in. The home I stayed in had four rooms; a room with three beds for the three of us staying there, a small kitchen, a small living room, and a bedroom with beds to sleep the mother, father, and three kids. I imagine the kids sleep in the room we were staying in when they aren´t hosting anyone. They did have electricity, but no running water, and they had dirt floors. I couldn´t imagine living in a place like this. I´m glad I was there though so I could get a small example of what it is like for these people and their way of life. To me, it seems like it would be so hard to live like this, but I´m sure they are used to it. After staying only one night, all I want to do is donate all of my money so they can live a better life because I know they could use it more than I could at this time in my life. Also, it would be much easier for me to earn that amount than it would be for them. Talking to Beth, I learned that $20 per month is a normal income for the people in El Chile. This fact leaves a sad feeling in me knowing that in some places in the U.S. people could earn as much in one day as these hard-working people earn in many months.
It is 8pm now and I think we´re going to speak with the family a little more, then all go to bed. They don´t use bug nets which I find surprising with the amount of bugs in the house. Matt, Mario, and I already set our bug nets up which must have looked wierd to them since they sleep without them. The family was nice though and helped us. I hope I sleep well tonight, it´s raining and they have a tin roof so the noise might be a bit much. It´s only one night though and a night of this trip I will remember forever. It´s a great experience for me to be here, so no matter how I sleep, I´ll be satisfied in the morning.