With the time left that we had on this last day, we were abled to add two cement patios to the house, one in the front and one on the side. Since we now had a much better idea of how to make and set cement, by noon, we were done. The water was running in the hygiene station. All of the rooms of the house, the shower, the sink, the bathroom, the septic tank, and even the concrete CMU GMB 2015 plaque were completed. All that was left to be done was for the cement floors to dry under the sun. In just two and a half days, we made a difference and that difference was right in front of us. Every sore in my arm and every bit of sunburn was worth what was right in front of us.
At completion, all of us gathered together for one last time in front of Enrique’s house. With his two younger sons and two daughters beside him, Enrique told us his story again. Since his wife’s passing five years ago, Enrique has been left alone to play both the father and the mother for his children. So, he is extremely thankful and grateful to God that we were able to come along. As Enrique spoke, I could see the emotions, the pain and the gratitude, in the eyes of each and every person’s face. And seeing that, I was grateful. I was so glad that we came to visit this family that stayed so strong despite having been through so much. I felt fulfilled because we made a connection with these people in just three days by helping them and working towards a common goal with them. And now, we had reached that goal, and what we had created would stand for at least the next twenty years.
Before he started his speech today, Enrique cried. I am sure that every one of us cried a little on the inside too today. Although we will probably never ever see the family or the masons we worked alongside for the rest of our lives, Enrique’s family has impacted us in such a way that we will never forget. As we walked away from the site and towards the buses, I felt honored to have helped and worked with this family.