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Given the proximity to the equator, we had plenty of great fruits available. Often, the
villagers would provide fruit for our work breaks. Below: Fresh bananas, and lady knocks down a
breadfruit using a pole:

 

 

A couple times, one of the locals would scamper barefoot up a coconut
palm and provide us with fresh coconut milk and coconut.

 

Marc displays an appetizing find from the ruins; J and Les pose for the camera.

 

Bystanders. If nothing else, we provided lots of entertainment for the people.
They were probably placing side bets on which one of the gringos would be the first
to drop dead first of the heat.

 

One of the ladies in the village, Bu Narni, had a little enterprise making batik and
other items. Jo-Ann, Joanna, and J check out some of the merchandise in a room that survived
the earthquake, although note the damaged ceiling.

 

The roof tiles needed replacing on part of Bu Narni's house, so we busied ourselves passing
tiles up to J up on the roof. After stacking the tiles up top, J went about laying
them in place.

Each tile has a little nub at the top back which rests over the 1X1-inch
horizontal wood stringers. The tiles are curved so as to overlap and keep the water out. Very
simple, and easy to replace broken tiles if needed.

 

   

Some of the roof construction looks flimsy, but we found that the wood was
all teak-- very solid stuff. Note some of the joinery, much of it done by hand.

Here, at another house, we were lucky to get a job disassembling the remains of a
roof-- another welcome break from digging and hauling bricks! All the wood, even the scraps,
are saved for rebuilding.

 

 

View of some of the rice paddies from one side of the village; the crew takes
a break from the hot work.

 

Kevin shows that this is hot and dirty work; Jo-Ann directs excavation at Ayu's house.

In most cases, the floors were cement or tile and some of the whitewashed walls might
still be standing. Working inside there was like a solar oven during the day.

   

Weary volunteers catch a break under a tarp, part of the temporary home of the family
they were helping; A typical water supply.

 


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