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Here is one of the entrances to the village of Sawit. The banner was over our street.

   

Most houses are made of poor quality brick and mortar. Needless to say, most of them fell down in the earthquake.
Thirty-nine people were killed in Sawit. You can see the date, May 27, on the headstone in the picture below.

 

Our work consisted mostly of clearing brick rubble. Most of the work had to be done by hand
since the village alleyways were too narrow to admit heavy equipment.

 

Here are Scuba Marc and TC in front of the house we rented. Marc bought a used motorbike to use
for running our errands. For other errands, we were assisted by taxi-driver Suparman, shown
below chatting with Marc. Suparman had taught himself English simply by watching movies and talking to
the occasional passenger. He spoke very well. Suparman had a cell phone so we were able to keep in touch
using text-messaging.

 

The house we rented belonged to Suparman's colleague, Sumpono. In return for a total of $100, Pono moved his family
into a nearby tent for three months. He really needed the cash to make repairs to the house. The house was about 800
square feet-- living room, dining area, 2 bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom, plus an enclosed alleyway.

 

The alleyway was used for storing bikes, tools, and wheelbarrows, as well as for washing, shaving, laundry,
and storing the dishes. We also has a solar shower that we hung there during the day to heat up in the equatorial
sun. The water came from the neighbor's well. We had a pump rigged on top of their well with a hose leading
to a basin in our bathroom. We filled the basin once a day and used the water to flush the squat toilet and, for the
adventurous, to bathe. (We used the hot water from the solar shower, which provided about four showers.)

Below: Laundry and stored tools in the alleyway; Miaseh burns the trash in the gutter.

   

Below: Jo-Ann fills the solar shower. Note the open-air dish storage.

 

Below: The propane cooktop in our kitchen (we also had a refrigerator!); Our water, $1.00 a jug, was dispensed using
a hand pump; David shaves in the alleyway.

   

We hired neighbors Harmi and Miaseh to cook for us and do laundry. They cooked from scratch two meals
a day and did laundry once a day for fifteen people for a salary of fifty cents a day each. Below: Harmi and her husband; Some of the friendly neighbor folk.

   


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